EZVIZ introduced a new security camera at last week’s CES that is designed to replace a door’s typical peephole viewer.
While CES ended last week — here is our roundup — there’s always so much coming out of the show that things can carry into the following week. We’ve just gotten wind of EZVIZ’s Lookout, a camera that turns your front door’s peephole into a smart peephole.
EZVIZ’s Lookout has users swap out a standard peephole viewer for an HD camera with a 165-degree wide angle view. On the back side of the door is a mounted 4.3″ LCD touchscreen.
At first glance, this may seem like an unnecessary product — peepholes have been working just fine for many years, after all — but the camera and viewer add a number of new features and extended functionality.
Lookout’s camera offers facial recognition, human detection, and night vision. When someone is seen at the front door, Lookout can send a notification to its app on your phone. The system also offers two-way audio, and has a built-in chime that can act as a doorbell.
The wireless touchscreen offers full color viewing and can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. The screen can be activated by someone approaching the viewer. A microSD card slot for storage supports cards up to 128GB.
While we appreciate any attempt to add new functionality — and more security — to a dormant space, there are certainly limitations on who will actually be able to use Lookout. It’s generally not typical for homeowners to have a front door with a peephole installed, so this product is geared more toward apartment and condo owners.
But landlords and condo associations may have their own rules and limitations on what renters and owners can do with their front doors, so be sure to check on your home’s restrictions if you have interest in Lookout.
Another obstacle might be the price. While Lookout provides much more functionality than a normal peephole viewer, it’s also going to cost $230, which may be tough to justify. EZVIZ says Lookout will be released in the first quarter of this year.
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