Cocoon vs. Piper NV — Home Security In A Single DeviceBy - 04/26/2017
As of October 2017, Piper is no longer selling Piper Cameras.
Cocoon and Piper are both self-monitored home security cameras, they both offer protection beyond being cameras, and they both have crowdfunded roots. But as much as they have in common, there are differences. So, which one should you choose to protect your home?
The Piper NV has received great reviews from consumers and review sites. CNET has given it 4.5 stars while PC Mag gave it 4 stars. Our editor has compared it to other cameras including Canary and Nest. Though Piper isn’t her favorite, she agrees that it performs well as a security camera.
Cocoon, on the other hand, is pretty new, but it is already being praised by sites like Forbes.
Piper nv vs Cocoon Specifications
|Video Quality||Enhanced High Definition||1080p High Definition|
|Pan, Tilt, Zoom||Digital|
|Viewing Angle||180 Degrees||120 Degrees|
|Buy Now||Buy Now|
Alerts and Video Storage
Though the specification chart tells the story of hardware specs, specs alone do not determine a winner. There are other features which impact the camera’s ability to provide home security. Piper NV and Cocoon both rely on your ability to monitor for events. While it’s impossible to watch a camera 24/7, integrated features will help you reduce the amount of time spent monitoring for activity.
Piper’s motion sensor notifies users and records automatically to cloud storage. It communicates through email, text, or phone call alert if an event is detected, giving you the chance to see what’s going on around your house. The best part? The cloud is free.
Cocoon notifies via push notifications only. Notifications sent to you include a 30-second clip leading up to the event. Take note, the clip records 30 seconds before the event, not after. This “preview” is possible as the system is constantly buffering video.
Cocoon’s video is stored using a combination of the cloud and onboard memory. If there’s an event, the last 30-second clip before the event is pulled from memory and sent to the cloud, and eventually to your smartphone. While 30-seconds may or may not be enough for you, this is all that is offered at the moment. Cocoon has mentioned selling paid subscriptions for cloud video recording, but the details are TBD.
Winner: While both systems offer some amount of storage for free, Piper wins because it can notify of events using alerts beyond push notifications. However, Cocoon’s “preview” videos feature is also valuable for home security.
Handling Motion Events
One more thing to consider is the intelligence of the motion sensors. A bad motion sensor won’t improve your home’s security. Some motion sensors go off and send alarms if your dog passes by or if the wind blows the wrong way. No one wants that. Fortunately, both Cocoon and Piper NV have solutions for more intelligent motion events.
Cocoon learns what’s normal and what’s not. At first, you may receive false alarms, but over time, it will learn what to ignore and what to pay attention to. This process may take some time, but if the technology works, it will pay off. Cocoon can also arm and disarm itself via geofencing using the location of your smartphone.
Piper uses a more traditional method. Through the app, you can adjust the motion sensor’s sensitivity level. Simply adjust and test until it works the way you want. While the camera doesn’t directly offer geofencing like Cocoon, you can use the Life360 Beta to try to achieve the same result. If you’re not comfortable using a beta feature, you can schedule Piper’s arming and disarming instead.
Finally, both Cocoon and Piper will notify you if they lose internet connection or power.
Winner: Cocoon wins because it offers geo-fencing directly.
Another feature to help you monitor your home’s security is the sound sensor. Sound sensors can potentially protect not just the room the camera’s in, but other rooms as well. Your camera can listen to its surroundings and notify you if something sounds out of place.
Piper’s sound sensor will pick up loud sounds like creaking, breaking glass, or thuds. There’s nothing fancy about it; it’s the type of sound sensor used by most cameras today.
Cocoon’s sound sensor can also listen, with a twist. Cocoon is equipped with SubSound™ Technology. This technology allows Cocoon to hear sounds that are beyond a human’s hearing range. According to the Cocoon team,
The same technology used to detect shock waves traveling through the planet (earthquake detection) can now be used to detect movement throughout your home. Cocoon’s SUBSOUND™ technology profiles these waves and audible sounds, coupling it with machine learning to separate activity that is normal for your home from activity that you might like to know about. SUBSOUND technology allows Cocoon to detect activity well beyond what it can see, even through walls and on other floors.
Winner: Cocoon nails it with SubSound™ Technology. It is arguably the most advanced self-monitored security camera yet when it comes to sound monitoring – assuming the feature works.
Imagine sitting on the beach, watching your video feed from your phone, and catching someone inside your house! The only thing you can do is call the police and hope they get there in time. However, burglars hate sirens, and both Piper and Cocoon have sirens.
Piper’s siren can be configured using “Rules”. For example, if motion is detected, sound the siren.
With Cocoon, the siren doesn’t automatically go off. If there’s an event, the app will ask you what to do. You can ignore the event, activate the siren, or call the police.
There is one more all-in-one security feature that sets Piper apart…sensors. Piper sells a door / window sensor, smoke sensor, motion sensor, smart door locks, and more. The door/window sensors can help you monitor doors, windows, and cabinets. The smoke sensors can help you detect fire. The motion sensors can help you monitor motion from areas Piper can’t “see”. And the smart door locks can help you make sure your locks are closed after you leave or before you sleep.
Winner: Piper wins. It allows you to add external devices to boost your home’s security,
Securing Your Home With Home Automation
Home automation improves home security.
The Piper NV is equipped with a Series 500 Z-Wave controller that allows it to work with the devices mentioned above plus smart appliance modules, smart switches, water sensors, and more. They also have an IFTTT channel, allowing Piper to connect with other smart home devices.
Cocoon also promises that their camera will talk to other smart devices. They are promising an open API and they hope to integrate with big names in home automation like SmartThings, IFTTT, and HomeKit. However, there is nothing official yet.
Winner: Piper wins again.
Both cameras are good choices, which makes it tough to choose between the two. If you’re torn,, here are a few things to consider:
- Piper NV is tried and tested.
- Cocoon offers something new (Subsound™ Technology).
- Piper works with more 3rd-party devices.
So what do you think? Who’s the winner?
4/26/2017 Post Cocoon launch.