How AI has changed the game for home security

How AI has changed the game for home security

The ways people protect their homes have changed over the years. Home security cameras have largely replaced the sensor-at-every-window model. These cameras have become more and more advanced, with one crucial exception: they all still rely on motion detection to trigger alerts

Here’s the thing. Cameras that use motion detection have one fatal flaw: Because they focus on detecting any motion, even shifting shadows on a wall will set them off. Pets are sources of constant motion. This translates into a constant stream of alerts, pushed straight to your phone.

Anyone who’s experienced this already knows what happens next. Inundated with constant false alerts, you end up turning them off altogether — which then leaves you vulnerable if a break-in does occur. 

This is where AI comes in.

The AI home security camera

Imagine a home security system that could understand what it saw — and ignore movement it knew wasn’t a threat. Imagine a camera that could tell the difference between pets, kids, and adults, and flag unknown faces in your home while dismissing pet activity altogether.

Take it a step further, and imagine a security camera smart enough to understand your questions and pull up the video you were looking for just by asking. And think of the possibilities of a camera that could remember what you asked to watch out for, and let you know when something important happened — or didn’t happen. 

Then, stop imagining, because that camera already exists. It’s called Lighthouse.  

Why Lighthouse is different

Lighthouse uses advanced AI and 3D sensing technology from self-driving cars to understand what it sees. Thanks to the 3D sensor, it can tell the difference between 2D shadows and actual 3D movement, which virtually eliminates false alerts that plague traditional cameras. 

In combination with our computer vision and facial recognition tech, Lighthouse does even more: 

  • Creates a 3D map of what’s in view in your home, as well as all the people and objects that pass through it — something no other home camera can do.
  • Doesn’t send you alerts triggered by lighting changes, shadows, inanimate objects and other things that you likely don’t want to be notified about.
  • Accurately distinguishes people from pets, kids from adults, and whether someone is running or your pet is jumping. It can even recognize someone waving hello.
  • Lets you ask questions about what happened through our natural language interface (instead of scrolling through footage manually): “What did the kids do yesterday while I was gone?”
  • Sends you updates automatically about specific activities you care about, tailored to your life: “Let me know if you see anyone with the dog between 2 and 6pm.”

Like magic, but better

AI has already changed home security technology for the better, both because of its accuracy as well as the potential to do more. As the first truly AI-powered camera, Lighthouse takes the burden off of the homeowner to interpret what’s happening at any given moment. Eliminating false alerts removes the need to check in constantly. AI expands functionality from recording what happened to actively keeping an eye on what will happen in the future. 

It’s like magic, but better: It’s (computer) science. 

Learn more about Lighthouse here!

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