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I’ve been using the Piper nv for several weeks as an addition to my home security. We recently returned from our summer vacation and the Piper nv was added piece of mind to have while traveling. The Z-wave technology allowed me to connect other home automation processes, such as controlling lights, additional sensors monitoring doors and windows, not to mention night vision technology that allowed me to log in and check on my house, even at 3:00 a.m.
With Piper, You’re Always Home
The Piper nv is about the size of a soda can and connects to your smart phone via wi-fi. You can place it where you would like in your home, or use the adapter and mount it. This photo was taken when I was in Florida and had turned the lamp on in the living room using Piper. However, images taken using only the night vision feature were also crisp and clear.
Visual Impact with Night Vision and HD Camera
The resolution is great. While I’d love for it to have the clarity I have when I’m looking through my camera with a prime lens on it, the HD camera features a 180˚ iewing angle and a 3.4 megapixels. (The original Piper had a 2 megapixel camera.)
Home Vital Statistics
With Piper, I am able to log in and check on things at different times throughout the day, as well as turn lamps on and off, and not worry about an automatic switch or timer starting, or not turning off. Piper nv kept me alerted to temperature changes in my house, severe weather issues, and when my best friend forgot to set Piper nv to the home setting when she was in watering my plants I was sent a text message and video started recording.
This photo is a screen shot of my “Home Vitals” as monitored by the Piper nv. This is the past 48 hours in my home, showing temperature differences, changes in light, when people are moving, and spikes in sound.
It’s surreal checking on your home while you’re away and hearing the train chugging by as you sit in your hotel room far away from any train tracks. The two-way audio provided by Piper allowed me to check in and do not only a visual, but auditory check.
As you know, I have a teen and his favorite thing to do so far on his summer break is nothing whatsoever. When I’m in my office working, I like to open up my Piper nv app and use the two-way radio to talk to him. I’ll be honest with you, I normally start whispering his name to see if I can get his attention. It’s also brought a little relief while he’s cooking to make sure I’m not walking into a huge mess in the kitchen.
What is Piper nv missing?
Not much. If your wifi was to go down while you’re away, your piper would not work. There is also no current way to export or access the data from the device. After checking their site, I couldn’t find anything about a public API, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. My husband is a big fan of the website “If-This-Then-That” and is hoping he’ll be able to integrate Piper into his IFTT automation scripts.
Would I buy Piper for myself?
Without a a doubt and there are more on the way for my home, along with sensors for every window, as well as more plugs for me to automate outlets in every room. All of these items connect together and are easily monitored and controlled by your smartphone or tablet.
Win a Piper nv!
Do you want to win a Piper nv of your own? Please enter my giveaway hosted by Rafflecopter. It runs until midnight on July 5 and the winner will be notified July 6.
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You can also visit these blogs for more chances to win a Piper nv of your own!
Piper nv: Automate & Monitor Your Home in Less than 10 Minutes by Thien Kim of I’m Not the Nanny
Piper nv Home Security Camera by Michele McGraw of Scraps of My Geek Life
Piper nv: Easy to Use and Upgraded Camera Automates & Monitors Your Home (w giveaway!) by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama
Read more about the Piper nv here: Securing your home during summer vacation with Piper nv
Piper NV Technical Specs:
- Night Vision
- Enhanced HD Resolution
- 3.4 Megapixel Camera
- 180 fisheye camera to monitor in many directions.
- Pan, Tilt, Zoom & Quad-view
- Motion sensor
- Temperature sensor
- Humidity sensor
- Light sensor
- Sound meter / microphone — you can listen to what’s going on in the room remotely
- Internal accelerometer — to tell if someone is tampering with the Piper unit
Find Piper Online:
Piper NV: http://hubs.ly/y0Try20
Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
- Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited
- Approximate retail value of the prize will be $279 USD, courtesy of Piper. No substitutions or cash exchanges.
- Winner may be required to provide email, shipping address and/or phone number for shipping purposes ONLY. Information will not be used for anything else.
- Winner is selected by a random Rafflecopter drawing.
- Winner will be notified via email ONLY.
- Winner has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
- Complete contest rules, prize description/value/number of prizes available upon request.
Disclaimer: I received products from Piper for testing purposes and was compensated for this post and giveaway. All opinions contained herein are my own.