I recently happened upon an informative article from Emeritus about innovation in business. In it, Emeritus explains how, due to the current disruptive age in which we work and live, businesses’ operating models must incite innovation in order to stay ahead. This, of course, is starkly true. Business leaders with penchants for innovation, Emeritus wrote, are more likely to remain receptive and meet modern demands. The spur to innovate – to introduce new products, to automate, to upgrade – can lead to boosts in efficiencies and overall safety, as well as increased customer satisfaction, market share, and revenue.
Connectedly, the cutting-edge nature of IoT and its industries are no exception. This brings us to IoT-engaged smart equipment company, TP-Link.
TP-Link has kept busy, as of late. This month, the company revealed its new lineup of smart home products, ranging from next-gen security cameras , dual video doorbells, door locks and a home connection center, to robot vacuums and Matter/HomeKit-compatible products for the enhancements (both practical and aesthetic) of smart home ecosystems.
First, here's a rundown of TP-Link’s newest home security solutions:
- The Tapo C325WB is a next-gen outdoor security camera with Wi-Fi and ultra-low light color vision. With a powerful algorithm chip, it’s capable of capturing images with clear natural colors and vivid details with an aperture lens and 1/1.79” sensor. It features 2K QHD Live View and a wide field-of-view of up to 127°, AI motion detection of people, animals, and vehicles within customized zones (plus user notifications), wireless/wired networking, and flexible storage options via installed microSD card (up to 512 GB) or the Tapo Care cloud service.
- The Tapo C425, also with 2K QHD Live View, is very similar to the C325WB. The main differences? It’s equipped with a built-in 10,000 mAh large capacity battery, it can be magnetically mounted on any surface, and it can be paired (via a separate purchase) with the Tapo A200 Solar Panel for non-stop solar energy charging.
- The Tapo Smart Baby Camera rounds out TP-Links latest camera-centric offerings. This pan/tilt camera provides highly detailed imagery with a wide, dual 2K lens, and its AI functions cover abnormal sound detection and automatic photographing, even in low-light conditions via its Starlight Night Vision. It’s also designed with 360° high-speed motion tracking and a temperature and humidity sensor. It can even be set up to play white noise and lullabies.
- At this year’s CES, the new Tapo Smart Video Door Lock was an Innovation Awards Honoree. This sleek, three-in-one device functions as a door lock, a doorbell, and an outdoor security camera that automatically records videos for hands-free homeowner safety. Its fingerprint unlock feature recognizes users’ fingerprints within 0.28 seconds, in addition to facial recognition, voice assistant, and password lock/unlock capabilities. This product supports real-time intercom, and is both dustproof and waterproof.
- The Tapo D660 provides dual-lens, no-blind-spot doorway video coverage with both downward-facing and forward-facing views. It can easily identify designated users, other humans, pets, and packages, and it has a bult-in anti-theft switch and a flexible power supply.
- To bring these Tapo smart home solutions together is the Homebase Tapo H900. In short, it’s a home connection center that acts as a Tapo catch-all type of hub. Made to support devices based on Wi-Fi, Sub-G, Bluetooth, Matter, Thread and other protocols, the H900 is also both a video surveillance and video storage center. Users can monitor up to 16 cameras at the same time, while also utilizing other functions like electronic photo frames and alarm clocks.
As mentioned, TP-Link more than home security innovations, as well:
- A CES 2023 Innovation Awards Nominee, the Tapo RV30C Slim is an ultra-thin robot vacuum with LiDAR sensor navigation. At only 7.8 cm in height, it is adept at cleaning hard-to-reach areas and can map zones throughout a home for consistent coverage. (Plus, a convenient auto-empty dustbin that, quite frankly, sounds awesome.)
- Three additional devices – the Tapo RV10 Lite, Tapo RV10, and Tapo RV10 Plus – are Tapo product family variations with a combination of vacuum-only, vacuum-and-mop, and vacuum-and-mop with an auto-empty dock functionalities.
- Finally, the Tapo RV70 OMNI. This vacuum uses triple-AI tech, is capable of 5200Pa suction power, and has a dual-disc mop that spins up to 180 RPM. For needs revolving carpet detection, mop-lifting, auto-washing, auto-emptying, water-filling and self-cleaning, the RV70 OMNI’s got it all.
TP-Link also showcased the aforementioned Matter/HomeKit compatible products; this included the Tapo P125M Mini Smart Plug, the Tapo S505D Smart Dimmer Switch, the Tapo P306 Smart Wi-Fi Outlet Extender and the Tapo L535E Multicolor Smart Bulb, all designed to enable simple setups and seamless interoperability.
More helpful Tapo-related information from TP-Link can be found here.
Edited by Alex Passett