New Nest Security Camera Features Advanced Facial Recognition

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(Nest Cam IQ outdoor camera photo by The Verge)

If any of you use Google photos as either your main online photo library or as a backup to save storage space on your phone, you may be aware of its potent Facial Recognition software. In fact, it might've freaked you out the first time you logged in and noticed a new "people" section with photos categorized and sorted by people in your life that you took pictures of. It's terrifying how accurate the software has become. It's become so accurate that it built a "time flies by" slideshow for me of my nephew from the time he was a baby up until when he turned 6. Yes, it knew what that baby was going to look like and could correctly match the face of a newborn to the face of a six-year-old. Freaky.

Having said all that. There is a place for this software. At your house. The new Next cam IQ outdoor camera is a follow up to the Nestcam IQ indoor camera announced in June. They both share a lot of the same tech. They have the same chipset, the same wifi capabilities and they have the same facial recognition tech. So, what does this have to do with Google? Well, they own Nest. Therefore they also own the same scary type of propriety facial recognition software.

 (Nest Cam IQ outdoor camera video by The Verge)

What if you could have a security camera that can recognize specific people and only allow them into your house. Say you're going away on vacation and someone approaches who is not delivering a package and is lingering around your front door too long. Wouldn't it be nice to get an alert before an actual alarm was triggered? To get a screenshot of some dummy scouting your house from your security camera would be pretty epic.

I'm not saying this camera can do all that. I'm actually not saying that it can too all that out of the box. Because it can't as the camera comes hamstrung a bit. Yes for $349 you get what Nest calls the "most weatherproof camera" the company has ever built, with an IP 66 rating. If perhaps you were born a normal human being you probably have no idea what that means. IP (or "Ingress Protection") are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies (tools, dirt etc) and moisture. An IP66 Enclosure is called "dust tight" and is protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water. It is not protected for full immersion. It also has a new tamper-resistant mount and the cable now threads from the back of the camera, through the mount, and directly into your home. This keeps the cable hidden from Ne'er-do-wellers. 

All of that is great. But if you want online storage and that vaunted Google facial recognition, you have to pay an extra $10 dollars a month. Because, you know. Nothing is free anymore. Except on Google photos... where the same software is free.

The Nest IQ outdoor ships in November for $349.