If you think smart home technology is creepy, the Moon is a great tool to prove your point. It’s a floating eyeball-shaped security camera that can rotate to follow your movements. If you think smart home technology is exciting and inventive, the Moon can help you prove that point, too.
According to its description, the Moon is a levitating smart home camera that doubles as a smart home hub from Delaware-based startup 1-Ring. Since the base charges the cam wirelessly while it floats, it is assumed that it can fly forever. From the app, you can rotate the camera to look around the room. It also has motion sensing and microphones on either side of the lens, so it knows which direction the sound is coming from, and can silently turn (as it floats) to track noise.
The company’s Indiegogo campaign (currently more than 200 percent funded) says you can customize when the camera feels like something — you can get a notification, record a video clip or take a picture. can. Moon stores footage locally on a microSD card or uploads it to your cloud drive of choice—whether it’s your personal Dropbox account, Google Drive, or your own FTP server.
A smart home orbiting the moon
While the Moon looks good as a security camera—yes, the floating aspect is neat, and I especially like that you can save footage to your cloud service of choice—it also serves as a multi-purpose smart tool. Checks many other boxes. It’ll work as a hub with built-in Wi-Fi (as you’d expect) as well as Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth, NFC, and even an IR blaster.
Moon will launch with some impressive smart home partners, including, and . In theory, you’d be able to connect small smart home gadgets such as your light bulbs and switches to the Moon, and then control them with the Moon app.
1-Ring has not specified which SmartThings and Philips Hue devices its product works with, or what types of devices it is compatible with. A company representative confirmed that you’ll be able to use Moon in place of SmartThings or the Philips Hub, but they’re still working to make sure you have the full functionality of both platforms at launch. .
Moon will also work with all three major voice assistants-, and . Plus, the IR blaster is supposed to control your TV and speakers as well.
many other features
1-Ring says it also puts temp, humidity and carbon dioxide sensors in the Moon, and you can customize notifications based on those readings. It has a built-in speaker, so you can use it for video calls. Plus, the built-in camera’s microphone will recognize the difference between talking, crying, and breaking glass. The cam’s specs look impressive too:
- 1080p HD resolution
- It films at 30 frames per second
- The lens has a viewing angle of 130 degrees
- It has an infrared LED for night vision
- The circular cam is magnetic, so you can remove it from its floating base and stick it to another surface
- The cam’s battery is believed to last up to five hours off the base.
- Moon can make time-lapse footage from your day
- Its Away mode turns connected lights on and off to make it look like you’re at home
As always, please note that ClearTips’s reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the crowdfunding site’s policies — in this case, Indiegogo — to find out your rights (and its refund policies, or lack thereof) before and after the campaign ends.
Assuming the moon comes to fruition, it has a good combination of features to keep up with our favorite smart home cams. You can preorder the floating cam now through the company’s Indiegogo campaign. There’s a discount when preordering, and 1-Ring says it will ship the cam anywhere in the world. At retail, the Moon is priced at $330—an expensive price for a smart home cam, but a reasonable one for a celestial body. That price changes to around £250 and AU$430.
editor’s Note: Updated Nov. 7 with company confirmation on Moon’s current smart home capabilities.