Lighthouse, a manufacturer of security cameras with unique artificial intelligence capabilities, has announced that it’s shutting down operations after less than a year of sales. A lack of commercial success caused the shut-down, wrote Alex Teichman, CEO of Lighthouse on the Lighthouse website.
The company’s camera, the Lighthouse AI, was in the higher spending range of security cameras at about $300. A camera with a similar price is the Nest Cam IQ, owned by Google. Given the two companies’ difference in market reach, it makes sense why the Lighthouse didn’t sell as well. Giants like Amazon and Google currently dominate the home security camera market, owning companies like Ring, Blink, and Nest. For customers who have already purchased a Lighthouse camera, Teichman’s message also mentioned that customer refunds will be available for cameras purchased on the Lighthouse site, Amazon, and the Home Shopping Network until January 25th, 2019. Cameras already purchased will not be able to stream video and the Lighthouse app will not be able to track events.
Although Lighthouse’s camera was expensive, it did innovate new artificial intelligence features. Along with facial recognition, users could also ask the camera about future events, like when their kids get home. In addition, the camera featured smart sound sensing and pet detection, limiting the amount of notifications the user receives.
“I am incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work the Lighthouse team accomplished — delivering useful and accessible intelligence for our homes via advanced AI and 3D sensing,”
Teichman wrote. To learn more, read our review of the Lighthouse AI camera.
Lighthouse was born from Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s startup accelerator Playground. Since 2015, Playground has invested over $800 million in companies ranging from robotics to life sciences to artificial intelligence. Aside from funding projects, Playground offers an engineering department with graduates from Google, Apple, and others. Playground’s engineers worked side-by-side with Lighthouse to build their first camera.
Playground isn’t the only company investing in artificial intelligence. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Tesla have all created AI software aimed to “benefit humanity as a whole,” said Tesla founder Elon Musk. For the best in AI, read our review of the best indoor cameras for artificial intelligence.