If Somfy decides to integrate the Somfy One with its line of connected shades and other products, this motorized shade company could become a surprise contender in the smart home security market.
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In addition to the Intelli Tag door and window sensor accessories that use vibration detection to differentiate between a knock and a forced entry (a carryover feature from Myfox), neither Piper nor Canary systems support professional monitoring.
The Somfy One is also supposed to work with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Nest at launch.
It also breaks with tradition by eschewing a web portal in favor of using a mobile app alone for controlling the camera.
(Other cameras use both.) And while functionality and features are limited, the My Fox is IFTTT compatible, which means it can be extended by pairing with other automated devices and apps, such as a third-party calendar or an alarm system.
As then-Daily Beast reporter and current Fox News host Howard Kurtz noted during the ethical mess that was the 2012 Fox News Primary, "The longer candidates stay in the Fox camp, the longer they can utilize the platform of the country's top-rated cable news channel--and pad their bank accounts to boot." Even if he has already decided to run, Huckabee seems well-aware of the tightrope he needs to walk between teasing a run and actually formally declaring one if he wants to keep his Fox News show: Asked about his decision-making process this time around, Huckabee sounded conflicted. I jump in the deep end from Day One or I don't do it." Meanwhile, the network is happy to help him build buzz about a possible run on-air.
According to reporter Scott Conroy, Huckabee was approached by several "Iowa Republican activists and volunteers" who told the Fox News host that they regularly watch his show.
Huckabee reportedly cited his platform at the network with helping put him in a "very good place to be" as he decides whether to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, explaining that it has helped increase his visibility and name recognition in Iowa because he has "been in these people's homes every week": As a driver shuttled him between events, Huckabee told Real Clear Politics that his work on Fox has put him in a "very good place to be" politically as a self-imposed decision date looms in the early spring of next year.
Fox employee John Bolton is also reportedly considering entering the race.
The My Fox Security Camera (3) stands out from the competition as a stylish, attractive device with a unique automated privacy shutter.