ICReal Tech Allie Home: The Review
Smart homes and home automation has become one of the new big things in technology today. With smart homes comes home security and there are many players in the game. IC Real Tech is an innovation driven video technology company, with an established distribution infrastructure, that provides intelligent video systems by pairing highly sophisticated video hardware with cutting-edge and proprietary software. In their core business they supply hardware and specialized software through a network of more than 10,000 global distributors serving the residential, commercial, government and military channels.
One of their newer cameras, the ALLie Home, (now bundled with their VR headset plus one free year of cloud storage for $600) looks really cool and as those before me, I was really looking forward to checking out this 360 degree video camera. I mean who wouldn’t, right? It is a security camera+. Plus? Yes, I said plus. The plus is it’s capability to create VR capable video which you can view using any VR headset whether it is the ALLie VR headset, Oculus Rift and others. This is a feature I am sure to check out soon once I get my hands on a VR headset. ALLie simultaneously captures 360° vertical video and 360° horizontal video. Its Activate Surveillance mode can turn your ALLie into a full 360 degree Security Camera allowing you to digital zoom and pan. Currently this feature can only be done away from the home with its cloud storage options providing 24 hour intervals starting at $6.95 per month.
Record, playback and share seamless 360 x 360 degree videos with 2048 x 2048 resolution on each sensor at up to 20 frames per second. You can communicate through a built in two way speaker and microphone. Share your 360 x 360 degree videos on the most popular video sharing sites including YouTube. ALLie Camera comes with a 3-year warranty and free technical support.
The kit includes the ALLie dual 360 lens camera with 8 GB Internal memory, Built in Microphone, a 10 foot power cable, USB cable, Mounting bracket, Mounting hardware and a 3 year limited warranty.
As a security camera which they do tout it as being, I feel currently it is quite limited compared to some of the other brands on the market who provide less expensive video surveillance options. Currently some of its shortcomings are the lack of motion or sound detection, it can’t send you alerts or provide advanced scheduling and as of now it does not integrate with 3rd parties. That being said, the company has assured me that they are adding on more features shortly; a few security features like, basic motion detection with email alerts providing a snapshot of the event and a schedule that you can set to record when you like, etc. As of right now, they will not provide a date for these features but I will be sure to keep you all in the loop when it does happen. The 360 camera is very cool and works very well. Set up was very simple.
ALLie Home Specs: