What's inside the all-weather Nest Hello video doorbell?
Hey welcome to C/Net's Cracking Open I'm Jason Hiner with Bill Detwiler and today we're gonna crack open the Nest Hello Video Doorbell so Bill tell us what we're gonna do.
Yeah so this is really kind of a cool doorbell unlike some other doorbells that are battery powered.
This one requires power, so there's a little more installation involved than say, if you have one of these Nest indoor cams.
This one actually requires a powered connection on the side of the door.
So you either have to have a digital or a mechanical doorbell already installed.
And there's a few tricks to the installation to ensure that it's getting the right amount of power, not too much, not too little.
Just right so we thought it would be really interesting to crack it open and kind of see what's inside.
All right cool.
All right so our first step in taking this thing apart is trying to find out where we get in to the device and on the Nest there's actually a really thin.
A really thin faceplate here that's plastic that covers the front.
So if we very gently insert a guitar pick or another plastic tool.
You can use a metal tool if you're careful not to break the components.
We slide it around, we get a little bit of resistance.
You can see how the faceplate.
Doesn't cover the doorbell button at the bottom here.
So we're gonna keep working our way around.
Trying to be gentle.
I can feel some resistance from the double sided adhesive.
We're gonna be really gentle here and eventually this should, hopefully, come loose.
And there we have it.
So we get our first look inside the Nest Hello video doorbell.
I can see one a Phillips **** there.
We're gonna try and remove this ****.
Gonna look for any other screws that are still underneath this adhesive.
And then hopefully this will make it a little bit easier to remove a outer shell in the case.
There we go, see.
I knew I was missing a ****.
Alright, so now with have our first look inside the Nest Hello video doorbell.
There we go.
Alright, so here we are with our first sort of look inside the nest hello of your doorbell.
We had the guts removed from the plastic shell here.
One thing that's really kind of interesting, inside the plastic shell there's a couple things to look at.
We have our speaker, we have the contacts for the power leads that come from your existing wired doorbell.
And then we have this really interesting sensor here that I'm not sure what it does.
At first glance, I assumed it would be a microphone of some kind, but I'm not sure why you would put the hole for that on the back.
It also doesn't look like any microphone I've seen before in these types of devices.
And there is basically some type of membrane here, a metal bar attached to that, and then that depresses a physical button or a contact here.
So I'm assuming it may be some type of pressure switch or something to detect When the camera is actually connected to the door or what's back there, I don't know, that's one of the things that makes taking these devices apart really cool, is you get to see these components that you didn't expect inside of it, they sometimes don't tell you all the sensors that are inside these devices, they just tell people how they work.
True, and for the [UNKNOWN] things on devices that's one of the most interesting things that we find is all of the different senros
They're always adding new types of sensors so that you can measure, monitor, manage things that you never could before.
And when you crack these open and look at them, we get an idea of the full capabilities of the product.
Yeah, it's really cool, so we're gonna keep taking this thing apart.
We're gonna take the screws out, disconnect these cables, take the circuit boards apart, and see what else we can find.
Let's do it.
So here we have the Nest Hello video doorbell completely taken apart.
Jason some of the things that I though were really interesting, we talked about a few of them earlier.
That sensor that I still don't know really what it does.
But a few of the things that we found also that were interesting Of the camera sensor.
Here's the camera sensor.
And the lens.
They're basically two separate parts.
I haven't seen that.
Most of the devices like cell phones or other IoT devices.
Yeah, they're integrated together.
They have a cell phone basic camera inside of them.
This was pretty interesting.
Also interesting, the chips, the main chips that are on here, this looks like an Ambarella processor.
It looks like a Kingston memory module here.
It's got a Skyworks Wireless chip there.
A lot of the same kind of processors, a lot of the same kind of chips that we've seen in other devices.
It's really interesting to see the construction of these things.
This is the device also that's designed to go outside.
So it's designed to be a little more waterproof than perhaps a cellphone or older cellphones.
Or even devices, cameras, meant for the inside of the house.
So it does have an additional gasket.
There's a rubber or silicon gasket here around the outside to help with that.
There's this pink material that's inside that fills the gaps.
Around some of the ICs that are in it.
It doesn't appear to be.
It's not normal like heat sink or heat conducting foam.
It seems to be something else.
So I'm not sure if it's more for water protection or if it's more for to protect it if it falls.
If it's shock protection.
It could be heat sink.
I just usually don't see this inside devices.
It is really cool.
A lot of surprises inside the nest Hello.
It is really interesting, the sensor and the camera lens being separate because what that shows is this is a more sophisticated deal.
Extra sensors, we talk about the fact that Internet of Things is all about sensors
So yeah, we've, as always, we've learned some interesting things.
Yeah.>> By cracking this thing open.
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So I'm Jason Heiner.
For Bill Detwiler this has been CNET's Cracking Open.
We'll see you next time.
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