Wired or wireless, indoors or out, this home security cam works anywhere

Home security has never been this sexy. In the world of the Internet of Things, something as previously mundane as a security camera can now be an object of desire. Canary is a company banking on this idea, and its new Flex camera may just live up to it. The gloss black, or white, pill-shaped device could have been designed by Apple, but its strength goes beyond its pleasant exterior.

Canary says the Flex is the first home security camera that can operate indoors or outdoors, wired or wirelessly. The camera is fully weatherproof, including its magnetic power plug. If not plugged into the wall, the rechargeable battery provides “months” of wire-free use.

canaryflex_indoor_outdoor_plugged-in_wire-free

The camera’s versatility is further enhanced by multiple mounts. Permanently attach it to a wall with the Secure mount, hide it beside a potted plant with the Stake mount, or wrap it around a pole with the Twist mount.

And if that’s not enough flexibility for you, an upcoming 4G LTE mount will also be available. Co-developed with Verizon, the 4G LTE mount enables the Flex to be placed in remote locations beyond Wi-Fi range. It can also be powered by the battery for fully wireless operation.

The Flex shoots HD video and features night vision for a clear image any time of day. It integrates seamlessly with Canary’s existing app for iOS and Android, and can stream live or recorded video to your mobile device anywhere with at least a 1Mbps internet connection.

The Flex is currently available for pre-order for a price of $199. The Secure mount is an extra $30, while the Stake and Twist mounts are $20 each. A price has yet to be announced for the 4G LTE mount.

4g-lte-mount-for-canary-flex-connected-by-verizon_2

Included with purchase of a camera is Canary’s 24-hour backup service, which allows customers to view, share, and download unlimited videos from the last day. Customers looking for more storage can sign up for Canary’s membership program, which will hold the preceding 30 days of footage and which includes perks like deductible reimbursement for insurance claims for qualifying incidents. Membership starts at $10 per month for a single camera and goes up to $15 per month for two to three cameras. Additional cameras can be added for $5 each.

The Canary Flex is expected to ship this holiday season, and the new membership program will go live in October.

Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Home Theater

Banish the bunny ears (and monthly bills) with these excellent HD antennas

When transitioning away from cable and satellite, finding the best HDTV antenna for your area can be touch. To help, we've compiled our picks of the best indoor HDTV antennas you can buy.
Emerging Tech

Why wait? Here are some CES 2019 gadgets you can buy right now

Companies come to CES to wow us with their cutting edge technology, but only a few products are slated to hit the market right away. Here is our list of the best CES 2019 tech you can buy right now.
Mobile

Building sites, mountains, and water, the Cat S48c can handle it all

Good rugged phones can be hard to come by. Cat makes some of the best, but they're often extremely expensive. That is why Cat has released the S48c -- a lower cost, midrange rugged handset that is available on Verizon.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Smart Home

The best multicookers of 2019 for everything from sauteing to slow cooking

Find the best multicookers for your cooking ambitions. Whether you are just getting started in the kitchen or you've been cooking for years and want a device to make it easier, these are the best smart pots for you to choose from.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

This Silicon Valley studio rents for $1,500 per month — to 2 cats

A man in San Jose, California, rents a studio apartment for $1,500 per month for a very important reason: So his daughter's two cats have a place to call their own. It may be the swankiest cat pad on the West Coast.
Deals

Amazon drops prices on Roomba robot vacuums by up to $150

Amazon is offering discounts on iRobot Roombas and other robot vacuums to help you get a leg-up on those chores. We've rounded up the best deals available now and put them all in one place.
Smart Home

Speed up cooking with one of the best pressure cookers on the market

Not all pressure cookers are created equally. You have to choose between stovetop cookers, multicookers, canners, and even microwave cookers. Our pressure cooking buyer's guide includes our picks for the best in each category.
Smart Home

Brew it fast, hot, and flavorful with our favorite coffee makers

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Smart Home

This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster

The Amazon Alexa team has given Alexa a newscaster voice that improves the way she delivers the news and reads Wikipedia articles, making the smart assistant easier to understand.
Smart Home

Ring security camera catches man licking the doorbell for hours

A family in Salinas, California had their Ring camera capture something pretty unexpected: a man licking the doorbell outside of their home for more than three hours. The incident took place around 5:00 a.m.