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iFamCare forges ahead with its Helmet security cam

iFamCare is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign for Helmet, a 1080p security camera with loads of special features.

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iFamCare

iFamCare is a California-based startup that's diving head-first into home security with Helmet, a 1080p camera that's preorderable on Indiegogo for another six days.

Despite its silly name -- and very silly promotional video -- Helmet boasts some pretty neat features at an extremely reasonable price. (The $79 "Early Supporters" tier is already sold out, but you can still snag a unit for just $99/£50/AU$110).

The Wi-Fi-enabled iFamCare Helmet claims to have 1080p video quality, two-way talk, night vision, motion and sound sensors with accompanying alerts, an air quality sensor, 360-degree pan, 70-degree tilt, a microSD card slot, optional cloud storage, the ability to take photos and videos on demand and a built-in laser (for playing with your cat/dog/other pet from the companion Android or iOS app).

During a time when most camera companies emphasize privacy features for concerned customers, you also have the option to make your Helmet cam public. There's even a search function so you can find fellow Helmet owners in your area with similar interests. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about that, but at the very least they're taking a unique approach.

And as far as design goes, Helmet cams are available in white, black, gold or silver, so there's a finish to fit in with most decors.

That's a whole lot of functionality and options at about half the price of comparable models, like Nest Cam , Samsung SmartCam HD Pro , Withings Home , Netatmo Welcome and Flir FX , although iFamCare doesn't make any mention of third-party integrations on its Indiegogo page.

With less than a week left on the Helmet campaign, iFamCare has already raised over $55,000 -- well exceeding its original $15,000 goal. Get a unit of your own with a minimum contribution of $99/£50/AU$110; units ship worldwide and are scheduled to reach backers in early 2016.

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