Aqara has just launched a new camera that supports HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video and serves as a Zigbee 3.0 hub. The new G3 camera includes 2k resolution with pan-and-tilt option and also includes local facial and gesture recognition features.
The camera is a great addition to the HomeKit because it supports HomeKit Secure Video, but is also compatible with other smart home platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Being a smart home hub, it allows all Aqara devices to connect to the HomeKit. With this option, you can integrate the Aqara water leak sensor into your HomeKit ecosystem and receive alerts from the Home app if water is detected. As a Zigbee 3.0 hub, the G3 can connect countless Zigbee devices to your network without worrying about the smart home platform that each device is compatible with.
Depending on the configuration of your smart home and entertainment camera, the Aqara G3 camera also has a built-in IR controller that can make your devices compatible with existing infrared and can support local automation. All IR automations are locally satisfied and will run even if there is no active internet connection. The Aqara G3 also includes facial recognition and gesture recognition features, both of which can be used to trigger home automation. An example of this in practice is holding up four fingers to trigger an automation that turns on the lights.
The new Aqara G3 is compatible with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks for maximum compatibility. It is powered by a USB-C port, so it can be flexibly integrated into existing charging stations.
I will have a full review in the coming weeks for my HomeKit Weekly series.
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