The Moon is a floating smart home cam with a built-in hub

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If you think smart home tech is creepy, the Moon will be a great device to prove your point. It is an eyeball-shaped floating security camera that can rotate to follow your movements. If you think smart home technology is exciting and imaginative, well, the Moon could help you prove that point too.

According to its description, the Luna is a levitating smart home camera that doubles as the smart home hub of the Delaware-based 1-Ring startup. Since the base charges the cam wirelessly while it floats, it can presumably levitate forever. From the app, you can rotate the cam to look around the room. It also has motion sensors and microphones on either side of the lens, so it knows which direction a sound is coming from and can rotate silently (as it floats) to track noise.

The company’s Indiegogo campaign (currently more than 200 percent funded) says you can customize what the camera does when it detects something – you can receive a notification, record a video clip, or take a photo. The Moon stores movies locally on a microSD card or uploads them to your favorite cloud drive, be it your personal Dropbox account, Google Drive or your FTP server.

A smart home orbiting the moon

While the Moon sounds good like a security camera – yes, the floating aspect is neat, and I particularly like that you can save footage to your favorite cloud service – check many other boxes as a multi-purpose smart tool. It will 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.

The Moon will launch with some amazing smart home partners, including Philips Hue, Smart things is Honeywell. In theory, you will be able to connect small smart home gadgets like light bulbs and switches to the Moon, and then control them with the Moon app.

1-Ring did not specify which SmartThings and Philips Hue devices its product works with or what types of devices it is compatible with. A company rep confirmed that you will be able to use the Moon in place of a SmartThings or Philips hub, but they are still working to make sure you have full functionality of both platforms in time for launch.

The Moon will also work with all three major voice assistants: Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa is Apple’s Siri. Additionally, the IR blaster will presumably allow the Moon to control the TV and speakers as well.

Many other features

1-Ring says it also puts temperature, 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 calling. Additionally, the camera’s built-in microphones will presumably recognize the difference between talking, crying, and breaking glass. The cam specs look impressive too:

  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Films at 30 frames per second
  • The lens has a viewing angle of 130 degrees
  • It has an infrared LED for night vision
  • The spherical cam is magnetic, so you can take it off its floating base and stick it to another surface
  • The cam’s battery will presumably last up to five hours away from the base.
  • The Moon can create time-lapse movies of your day
  • Its street mode turns connected lights on and off to make it look like you are at home

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As always, keep in mind that CNET’s reports on crowdfunding campaigns are 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 end of a campaign.

Assuming the Moon comes true, it has a nice combination of features to keep up with our favorite smart home cams. You can pre-order the mobile cam now through the company’s Indiegogo campaign. There is a discount for pre-order and 1-Ring says it will ship the cam anywhere in the world. At retail, the Moon costs $ 330, an expensive price for a smart home cam, but reasonable for a celestial body. That price converts to around £ 250 and AU $ 430.

Editor’s Note: Updated on November 7 with the company’s confirmation of the Moon’s current smart home capabilities.

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