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Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google’s facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses.

The products announced Wednesday expand upon the internet-connected thermostats, smoke detectors and stand-alone security cameras that Nest has been selling since its inception six years ago.

The Hello doorbell comes with a built-in video camera and speakers that will make it seem like it can recognize and talk to people.

The doorbell will draw upon Google’s facial recognition technology so it can warn a home’s occupants when a stranger approaches.

Nest and Google share the same corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. Nest didn’t disclose a price for the doorbell, which won’t be in stores until early next year.

Associated Press