How will the home security camera market develop over the next few years? This is a question I’ve been thinking about a lot during the preparations for the launch of our new VPai Home turnkey platforms at the Hong Kong Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics shows. Here are some thoughts on this topic.
As the wonderful Stacey Higginbottom pointed out in a recent article on her excellent blog, it can be all too easy for startups to underestimate the challenges involved in bringing a home security camera or IoT device to market.
Here’s a photo of the latest VPai Home models that we displayed at the Hong Kong Consumer Electronics Fair last week. In addition to the VPai Home Smart Security IP Camera that we announced at CES in January, they included our new smart doorbell and panoramic IP camera. Ten of our partners demonstrated the devices at their booths, attracting an enthusiastic response from visitors to the show.
A busy second day at Embedded World 2018. I haven’t seen any visitor numbers, but show attendance appears to be very good this year, even though the event is taking place at the same time as the much more glitzy and glamorous Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. I take this as a healthy sign of the growing momentum in the industrial and enterprise IoT sectors.
My first overseas trip of the year – to the crisp cold of Beijing rather than the pouring rain of Las Vegas. This is the view from my apartment this morning. It’s always a great pleasure, not to mention a huge relief, to see clear blue skies over the city. A perfect winter’s day is promised.
We have enjoyed considerable growth with our family of VPai turnkey solutions for 360-degree cameras that we launched last year. Our customers have found it a fast and efficient way of testing out this new market with minimal product development times and costs.
We have just released a major update to the VPai app for Android integrating a raft of new features aimed at improving the overall user experience and making it easier to create attention-grabbing 360° images and videos.
When I was a student I don’t think I ever even heard the word internship, let alone felt the need to do one during my summer holidays. Whenever I required some cash to supplement my pocket money or grant (yes, I was lucky enough to go to university when they still existed), I would simply go and get a job – picking up lifelong lessons about the world of business along the way while collecting discarded trolleys in a supermarket car park, selling petrol and cigarettes in a gas station, and gutting turkeys in a slaughter house.
VIA Mobile360 is the second real-time immersive video system platform that we are developing. In contrast to VPai, which is focused on smart-phone-centric usage models, it’s been designed for in-vehicle automotive applications requiring heavy-duty computing power for processing HD video feeds from up to six cameras on the fly.
We’ve been putting our VPai 720-degree cameras through their paces over the past few weeks, and have started to post the results of the sessions on our recently-opened VPai Facebook page.