The phrase “eyes in the back of your head” is often used to describe a parental sixth sense. But for video surveillance solutions company IC Real Tech, the saying became a consumer product reality.
The ALLie Home smart home surveillance camera features two back-to-back lenses in a sleek aluminum case, giving users a clear, 360-degree view. Working with an easy-to-use app that allows for real-time or recorded viewing, viewers can pan back and forth and up and down to monitor every part of a room.
Creating the innovative ALLie Home required careful planning: The end product needed to balance the demands for fast computation with the power efficiency requirements of a small-sized product with heavy continuous use.
Working with manufacturing solution provider Intrinsyc, and building the ALLie Home with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, IC Real Tech was able to create a powerful solution, designed to give homeowners and renters peace of mind that their valuables are safer.
At CES in 2013, IC Real Tech debuted their IC720 camera technology. There, the IC Real Tech team met with Qualcomm Technologies engineers to discuss fitting the next model of cameras with new chipsets. The company sought a powerful and sophisticated chip capable of delivering on performance and adaptability while being compact and efficient enough to fit in a small camera. Snapdragon processors fit the bill.
The major consideration for the chipset was the limited camera footprint. Since not much space was available, engineers had to be extra sensitive to the placement and performance of electronic components. Bringing many components close together could make them heat up quickly and cause performance problems, especially since the cameras were designed to be constantly recording and processing.
Next, the chipset had to be powerful enough to accommodate the existing software architecture features, such as stitching two live images together, face detection, pattern tracking, and voice command.
Dmitry Kozko, president of IC Real Tech, noted that the Snapdragon 800 not only met all these stringent requirements, but was also the most advanced, ready-out-of-the-box solution for the teams to work with. And with the requirement for a strong foundation to create software that accommodated an array of needs, easily integrating with existing architecture was of paramount importance.
Kozko’s familiarity with the power of Snapdragon comes from previous experience. Kozko, who is also president of IC Real Tech’s sister company focused on 360-degree camera solutions designed for motorsports, 360 Racing, is using the Snapdragon 805 processor in cameras mounted atop Formula E cars.
Snapdragon allowed enough processing power to not only accommodate our current feature set, but also expand into the future features without redesign of hardware. That is especially important when designing a consumer electronics product with the longest possible use.
The team then approached Intrinsyc, which specializes in developing products with embedded systems and IoT devices, to help build the product for IC Real Tech. The end result was the sleek, compact ALLie Home, fitted with a strong technology foundation upon which many different modes could be built. For example, IC Real Tech offers an “event” mode in addition to its default security task: When it’s activated, important events such as birthday parties and holiday dinners can be replayed in an immersive mode, and even experienced with a VR headset.
Read more about ALLie Home and Snapdragon 800 in our case study [.pdf download] to see how working with Qualcomm Technologies helps bring innovative vision to consumers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.