New security camera backed by Android co-founder brings smarter notifications

New security camera backed by Android co-founder brings smarterOn its face, a security camera connected to Wi-Fi can be a great benefit to home security. But after receiving an onslaught of notifications when a branch waves in the wind outside your window, turning off those notifications can seems reasonable.

A new startup, coming out of Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s startup accelerator Playground, aims to make those notifications smarter so you’ll keep them on and spot the important stuff.

The Lighthouse is ostensibly a smart-home camera that can tell the difference between different kinds of motion. But it also uses 3D sensors and advanced learning algorithms to give you much richer notifications.

This goes a step beyond the Nest Cam’s “spotted a person” notifications, instead alerting you to when kids get home, when the dog walker arrives and if there’s a stranger at home. Thanks to the facial recognition, you can customize the notifications precisely to your needs.

Lighthouse also claims some pretty wild smarts that allow you to recall footage on the fly. For example, you can use plain English phrases like “When did my husband get home?” and the Lighthouse will go through its footage to show you that exact moment.

This seems like the big next step in Wi-Fi cameras. While basic recordings are great, there’s a lot of wasted potential. Lighthouse has the promise to deliver on that by feeding footage through image analyzation software. We’ll have to see how well it works, but it’s definitely the direction of the future.

The Lighthouse starts at $399 with a year of service included. The $499 price includes three years of service, while $599 will get you five years. Preorders are available today and are expected to ship in September.

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