After being announced at CES 2018, Netgear has followed through with adding HomeKit support to their Arlo Baby HD camera.
Lucky for existing owners, the new functionality arrives via an update through the app, similar to what we saw with the Logitech Circle 2.
Version 2.4.6 of the Arlo app, brings one notable feature – “Apple Homekit support for Arlo Baby”.
After the update, Arlo will allow you to add the HD baby cam to Apple’s Home app. You can then view the feed there, on your Apple Watch/TV, or with other HomeKit apps like Homecam.
While the cameras will still continue to work through the Arlo app, the Home app allows to watch live, use two-way talk, view a snapshot of the last motion, and more.
Unlike other HomeKit cameras, Arlo Baby does not expose the motion sensor to HomeKit.
The Arlo Baby actually captures the temperature and humidity of the room, detects motion, and has a multi-colored night-light. All of these could have been added to HomeKit alongside the live feed, but Netgear has left those out.
It is completely plausible that these could be added in the future, but it seems a missed opportunity at the moment.
I am also excited to see Netgear jumping on the HomeKit bandwagon, as we hopefully could see support come to the other increasingly popular Arlo cameras.
The Arlo Baby is available on Amazon for $199. The price is higher than other cameras, but the bevy of other features helps make up for that price. Also, they are pretty cute.