Our five-year partnership with the UK’s leading smart home brand Hive is adding a third product to their home IOT line-up: the new outdoor security camera – Hive View Outdoor. We are excited to launch this new product, especially following the success and awards seen with both the Hive Active Heating thermostat and Hive View camera.
Hive View Outdoor is the first outdoor security camera for the company. It is designed to protect the home, making it more secure, while bringing a clear and discreet aesthetic. It maintains all of the elegance and intuitiveness of the original Hive View camera design language while adhering to robust outdoor standards.
Hive is continuing to position itself as a force in the smart home market, thanks to a cohesive line of products designed to work seamlessly together functionally and aesthetically. Through our design collaboration, we aspire to design technology in the home that is accessible, useful and elegant.
The camera is about the size of a tennis ball and carries over many of the significant features we designed for Hive View. We have maintained the style and build of the camera front, as well as the circular LED array that displays when the camera cycles through its modes, with the same user options to reduce this signal to a single small discreet light. The cubed Hive View Outdoor camera is uniquely formed out of a single molding – the geometric rounded volume is cognizant of both the Hive thermostat and camera designs.
Making the installation and setup of Hive View easy was just one of the many things we wanted to carry over to Hive View Outdoor. We designed a simple arm that pairs with the back of the camera via magnets to allow for the easiest setup/ installation in the category. We wanted to give the ability to easily adjust the viewing angle without having to repetitively unmount and mount the device. The stand is made out of the same plastic as the camera body and has a simple metal insert that allows the magnet inside the camera to easily and securely attach itself. We used soft touch TPU on the camera to soften the connection point to keep the unit in place and keep it protected.
Since the Hive View Outdoor camera is only attached magnetically, we designed hidden anti-theft features to keep the camera attached to the stand and to the house. The arm and mounting bracket have a channel that allows the power cord to discreetly and easily reach the camera through the wall. Additionally, we have designed a solution that allows locking of the power cord into the device