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Panasonic hides home security camera in a floor lamp

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Most home security cameras are either mounted to a wall or sat on shelves, which may serve as a deterrent to would-be intruders looking through a window but can rather spoil the living room aesthetic. Panasonic’s latest addition to its HomeHawk range is designed to fit in with the decor by integrating a security camera into an ambient floor lamp.

The HomeHawk Floor comes in three sizes, two-floor standers and one shelf model. The 1080p monitoring camera in each features a 140-degree wide-angle lens and a motion sensor. The latter also serves to activate the ambient light when someone enters the room.

The device is connected to a home Wi-Fi network using a companion app, which can also be used to set up specific areas to receive motion alerts and view footage. A built-in microphone and speaker caters for two-way communications, and the setup is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Floor lamp/camera units need to be plugged into a wall outlet for power, but the user can also load in eight AA-sized batteries for backup in the event of a power outage. The camera can be set to auto-activate when you leave the house, and stores footage to a microSD card so there are no monthly subscription fees to worry about. The system also works with other members of the HomeHawk family.

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