Owl hopes to do for the dashboard camera market what the iPod did for portable audio players. That might seem like a tall order for a fledgling startup, but the ambition makes sense for a company led by Andy Hodge, who served as the iPod product lead at Apple for a decade. After a stint at Dropcam, he realized that there’s another area where a smart security camera could be useful: Inside your car. Given the ever-present threat of accidents, break-ins and mysterious parking lot dings, a cloud-connected dashcam seems like something every driver would want today.
The Owl Car Cam is an unassuming device. It has a small frame and a 2.5-inch touchscreen — enough so that you can see video playback from the driver’s seat, but not so large that it would distract you on the road. There’s a 4 megapixel camera facing the road, while another is pointed at you inside the car. Together, they capture most of your in-car experience — they can even see what’s happening off to the sides, like a cop talking to you when they pull you over. The front camera records at 1440p, which gives you room to zoom in for a sharp 1080p image, while the rear one shoots at 720p. Notably, the Owl also features a bevy of sensors for detecting break-ins and accidents when you’re away from your car. It’ll turn on an LED flood light to scare off potential intruders, and you can also remotely shout them using Owl’s app.
Author: Zac Hall