AA batteries power this simple smart doorbell

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If you’re intimidated by the prospect of installing a doorbell, you aren’t alone. Fortunately, startup Olive & Dove wants to help. Its $199 smart doorbell, RemoBell, relies exclusively on AA batteries. That means you can’t even hard-wire this thing if you wanted to — with RemoBell, it’s AAs or bust.

Check out its specs:

  • Requires 6 AA batteries
  • Wi-Fi-enabled
  • 720p HD video resolution
  • Infrared night vision
  • Heat-sensing motion detector
  • Push alerts
  • Two-way audio
  • 120-degree field of view

RemoBell isn’t the first door buzzer to work over battery power, but it is the first HD video-streaming smart model I know of that opted for AAs over a rechargeable battery.

Olive & Dove says RemoBell should run for up to 4 months before needing a new set of batteries. While the reliance on batteries could be annoying if you don’t always have a stash of them on hand, it’s definitely faster than waiting for a rechargeable battery to charge fully. It also helps that AAs are easy to find, compared to Netgear’s indoor-outdoor Arlo camera, which relies on expensive and hard-to-find CR123 batteries.

I do question the 4-month battery life, particularly if the camera is located in a busy area, but RemoBell’s “heat-sensing” motion sensor is supposed to help limit alerts to people only. I’ve reached out to Olive & Dove for a review unit and hope to test out this functionality soon. The startup doesn’t mention any specific smart home integrations with RemoBell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re added soon — a blog post on their site discusses the importance of the smart home and home security.

Olive & Dove hasn’t yet announced international availability, but the price converts to roughly £160 and AU$265 at the current exchange rate.

 

 

[Source:- CNET]

A Sculptural, Simple Prefab Home in Sweden

Happy Cheap House by Tommy Carlsson Arkitektur

Think low-cost homes are boring and lacking inspiration? Think again! The Happy Cheap prototype for inexpensive prefab homes proves that affordable home design can look attractive and use space wisely. Not only that, but they can be integrated beautifully into the landscape. Created by Swedish architect Tommy Carlsson, this low-cost prefab home is located in a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden.

The Happy Cheap prototype assembles quickly on site. This particular home spreads over 65 square meters on an 110 square meter property. Ground-floor living, cooking, and dining areas are interconnected, while the upper story shelters two irregularly shaped bedrooms and a lounge space.

 

The prefabricated modular frame of laminated plywood allows for easy transport and assembly. Clad in galvanized, corrugated iron and pierced by light through the cut corners, the affordable prefabricated home is also space-efficient, offering its owners an aesthetically pleasing alternative to standard prefab houses.

Inside, ceilings and floors showcase painted plywood that contour the warmth and depth of interior spaces, be they social or private. With a total cost of 170,000 euros, the fab prefab home rests on a sloping site that enhances its bold architecture and irregular roofline. These

Want more prefab goodness? These 13 fabulous prefabs will inspire you even further to live in the home of your cost-friendly dreams.
[Source:- Nytimes]