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Nooie Cam Doorbell Adds Smart Home Security With a Smart Looking Design

03.25.21 | By
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With the uptick of packages being stolen from doorsteps and porches, alongside a notable increase in automobile part theft, home security has become a home improvement project. One of the most active categories within the smart home realm are home security devices like the Nooie Cam Doorbell, a two-component system that stands out both for its nearly 160-degree field of view and infrared night vision, alongside a design that tastefully complements entries without bringing too much attention to itself.

The two units communicate via both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks.

The Nooie Cam shares the aesthetic of a minimalist smart speaker, with a tasteful earth-toned fabric covered plug-in base station designed to work as a chime, and a larger subtly speckled doorbell and camera unit with a large concave button that invites pressing. Equipped with a Pyroelectric Infrared Sensor, it works both in daylight or nighttime, sensing infrared radiation, a feature that can also be turned off to extend battery life. And thankfully the Nooie is paired with a large USB-C 10,000mAh rechargeable battery supposedly good for up to a year’s use before requiring a recharge. We’ve always taken such claims in regards to battery life with a grain of salt, as power consumption can greatly vary depending upon how many visitors regularly visit your doorstep and how often motion detection is engaged, but the battery size does seem to propose a fair tradeoff for an extended duration of use.

The Google Home and Alexa compatible smart doorbell is not the smallest in the category by any measure, with a competitor like the Google Nest noticeably smaller in length and depth. But the Nooie’s larger case design does make it more obviously a doorbell to engage with, offering a multitude of chimes, and with a 2K HDR (2048×1536) resolution camera built-in outfitted with infrared night vision and IP65 water protection, it’s built to operate year-around outside.

Visitors standing in front or pressing the doorbell unit activate the unit to alert by chime and/or by sending notification to connected devices by app.  The Nooie also allows for 2-way video conversations via the Nooie Home app, allowing users to safely speak without opening the door (or as often the case these days, to ask a delivery person to drop off packages while retaining a safe distance for both parties).

A growing concern related to home security devices is personal stored data. An optional Nooie cloud storage plan (free as a 30-day trial) keeps data safely encrypted with plans starting at $1/month, but we’re more partial to taking advantage of the microSD card slot (up to 128GB) on the base unit.

An anti-theft feature warns Nooie owners if someone is trying to steal away your home security device. Users can also use pre-recorded messages for times when actively engaging with visitors is undesirable or not an option.

The Nooie Cam Doorbell is available for $150, shipping with two wall mount plates and all the hardware required to get it up and running in a few minutes.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.