Lighthouse is new to the scene, so new that it's not yet shipping. However, it's rightfully started more chatter than established, shipping cameras. So what's with the hype? Well, you can search through recorded footage using your voice for one, but there's way more to this feature packed cam than basic A.I. But first, hardware.
Lighthouse is an indoor only camera. It requires power and internet mostly because it has a ton of cloud-based features.
From a hardware perspective, the camera can sit on a flat surface or you can purchase the optional wall mount to place it more creatively. However, Lighthouse cautions against careless mounting as one of the camera's features, facial recognition, requires that it has a fairly direct vantage point.
- FHD 1080p recording
- 95-degree field of view
- Night vision
- Motion sensor
- 8.5” (217mm) tall x 3.4” (87mm) diameter
- 12V power supply in-box, 100-240V AC
- Dual-Band Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Lighthouse for Home Security
Lighthouse can protect your home by monitoring for motion and looking for faces it doesn't recognize.
Facial Recognition and Motion Detection
It offers motion detection through two modes: armed and disarmed. You can control the mode using the mobile app or you can let geofencing take over and allow the camera to arm/disarm based on your presence.
Facial recognition includes 3D intelligence. The camera lacks traditional home security camera features like zones and the ability to adjust motion sensitivity, but they brag that these features were omitted intentionally because they are not needed.
Lighthouse's facial recognition is combined with the ability to distinguish a person from a pet and backed by the ability to recognize size and shape as well as movement. The camera will know if footage contains an image of your cat jumping, your son waving, or an unknown person walking through your home, eliminating the need to create zones. If an event is detected, the device will send a push notification to your phone where you will have the option of calling the police or triggering your siren. The camera will also send a clip to the cloud (more on that later). Recalling footage is made simple through a search-like feature. Through the app, you can use your voice or type a search request. Lighthouse provides the following search queries as examples:
- "What did the kids do while I was out yesterday?"
- "Has the cat done anything interesting since I left?"
- "Who did you see at the front door on Tuesday between 8 and 10am?"
Two-Way Audio and Communication
From a home security perspective, Lighthouse has the potential to produce accurate notifications. The only thing it's missing is the ability to monitor for other events. Currently, it only monitors for motion and even lacks the ability to monitor for sound. This is somewhat surprising as the camera has both a speaker and microphone which enable two-way audio.
Speaking of two-way audio, Lighthouse has yet another trick up its sleeve. As you now know, the camera can recognize certain movements. This list includes waving. If someone at your home waves to the camera, it will interpret this as a request to chat. You'll receive a notification on your phone with the option to initiate a two-way voice call, one-way video call.
Automated Alerts & Privacy
Finally, from the mobile app, you will have the ability to set up highly customized alerts.
Using a feature called "Real-Life Pings", you can requests alerts for anything within the camera's power. You can receive alerts if someone walks in your door past midnight (teenagers), if your mother hasn't made it out of bed by 8 am, or even if your kids are running through the living room.
Finally, Lighthouse takes privacy seriously. They are one of the few camera companies offering AES 256-bit encryption. Within the app, you can also turn the camera off if you want a little extra peace of mind. They also offer the admin (a.k.a. you) the ability to modify and restrict users.
Doesn't Work With Others, But Has Cloud Storage
One of Lighthouse's biggest limitations is that it doesn't work with other third-party devices. It can, however, work with other Lighthouse cameras. And while I'm dishing out bad news, I've got more, if you want multiple cameras, you'll have to pay. In fact, you have to pay even if you want one camera. That's right, all of these amazing features we've discussed? They're going to cost you.
Your initial Lighthouse purchase will come with a 12, 36, or 60-month service plan. After that, continued access to features will cost $10 per month per device. You don't have to maintain a plan, but the camera will no longer have access to: the ability to search footage, the ability to receive alerts based on criteria you've set, 3D movement, person detection, the ability to wave hello, and cloud storage via Amazon Web Services. With a subscription, you will have access to the last 30 days of recorded video. Lighthouse does not say how long recorded clips are, unfortunately.
In addition to storing video, Lighthouse provides control over your videos via the mobile app. You can download clips to your phone so that you can share them as needed or even delete them from your account.
Quick Summary and Pricing
According to a Lighthouse press release, there are three pricing bundles. These bundles include the device and Lighthouse Intelligence service. The first option is $399, which includes one year of Lighthouse Intelligence; then $499, which includes three years of Lighthouse Intelligence; and finally $599, which includes five years of Lighthouse Intelligence.
Lighthouse is promising a lot, advanced person recognition which includes facial recognition, 3D recognition, and even the ability to monitor for different types of movement. They are also promising one of the most efficient methods of search I've ever seen: type search or voice search in-app video queries. While the FOV is small, and the camera doesn't yet work with any other third-party devices, I still think this camera wins. That is if they can deliver a device that actually performs. While Lighthouse is not yet shipping, they have been working with beta testers. They claim the camera is already smart and will continue to gain momentum through its ability to learn. You can learn more on light.house.
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