When in 2014, Google acquired Nest Labs for 3.2 billion dollars, it became clear to everyone: the management of the corporation sees a great future in "smart homes" and equipment for them. Nest Labs is engaged in the development of all sorts of smart devices that can significantly improve the quality of people's lives and simplify their life.
At a presentation on Wednesday, the company introduced its innovative doorbell. This smart gadget is capable of not only recognizing the faces of people coming to your home, but also of communicating with them independently.
The unusual doorbell security system with Google’s facial recognition technology aims to prevent burglaries, thefts, and illegal intrusions into the home.
The company called its new smart doorbell Nest Hello. It has a video camera showing a full-length image of the visitor, and the dynamics with which you, as the owner of the house, will be able to talk with people standing on the other side of the door. The device can record full HD video with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and has a viewing angle of 160 degrees.
The owner of the Hello doorbell, of course, must first take photos of their friends in the database of the device so that it can distinguish between familiar and unknown persons. The device uses a face recognition system developed by Google's specialists. Previously, it was repeatedly used in security cameras, also produced by Nest Labs. In case the doorbell recognizes the person, it informs the owner of the house about who has come. If the person is unknown to the system, the smart doorbell warns the owner about the approach of the stranger.
For this, you will have to manually tag each of the desired visitors, that is, name them into the system. The smart doorbell will remember the voiced persons by putting them on the "white" list. Later on, during their visit, the system will sound the names of visitors, and when a stranger appears at the door, the doorbell will understand that this person is unknown to it.
If you want, you can set up the system in such a way that it takes photos or anyone who came to your home in your absence, or only strangers. Even if nobody rings at your door, but the system notices suspicious activity next to it (traffic or conversations), it can take a snapshot of the incident, and send it to you on the smartphone. Thus, you will receive warning signals about what is happening near your home.
The camera and microphone built into the smart doorbell allow the owner of the house to communicate with the visitor. This innovation has such useful features as the ability to pre-record the typical responses that the system will play in your absence. For this, you will have to record several variants of phrases, for example, in case you are not at home and so on. There is also the so-called Nap mode - turning off the ringing sound with receiving notifications to your phone about the arrival of visitors.
The camera's viewing angle is 160 degrees, it shoots in HD and transfers in real-time to the owner's smartphone or any other device with a screen. Also, the doorbell can take pictures of guests and send notifications to the phone. The device will go on sale in the first quarter of 2018. Its price has not yet been reported.
Only several months ago Nest Labs released its more sophisticated indoor security camera with the same facial recognition technology. The company also announced that the same facial recognition tools will be installed on an outdoor security camera that will be for sale at $349.