- 11 Sep 18
Such is the sensitivity of Hive View, a smart indoor camera, its app sent me a message at 3:20am, suggesting movement in the living room. Nobody else was in the house; I was in bed. Assuming poltergeist activity, I bricked it. A closer inspection of the recorded video revealed it was just a car's headlights outside the window. Phew.
Hive View is one component in Hive's connected home gadgetry. Begin by plugging a Hive Hub box into your broadband, then download the Hive app. The Hub is a gateway to your connected devices. Hive View fits together neatly. It has a magnet, so it can be attached to a metal surface or mounted to a wall with screws - CCTV style - and can detect activity up to 23 feet away with a 130 degree angle point of view. The sensitivity can be set to only monitor the movement of people - so car headlights or cats shouldn't necessarily set it off. You can also watch a live feed through the app, but for whatever reason this wouldn't work for me.
I also checked out Hive Active Lights: a smart bulb that you can brighten and dim through the app. Hive Hub can also be hooked up to the thermostat and plugs, so you can boil the kettle or turn up the heat without budging from the couch. The future, it seems, is sedentary.