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Facial Recognition Comes to Simplicam Security Cameras

The owners of Simplicam home-monitoring cameras will soon be able to set them up to recognize friendly faces — and to not send an alert when they do. The Wi-Fi camera shipped last year with the ability to recognize human faces, meaning it wouldn't bother you when it detected motion that turned out to be a pet. Now the Simplicam is doubling down on the facial recognition technology, allowing owners to store up to 10 faces and respond differently to each of them. Get an alert when the kids get home, but not the spouse, for instance, or clear a neighbor coming over to watch the dog while you're gone. You'll need to "train" the camera on each face, though — it doesn't learn on its own.

You'll have to pay for Simplicam's cloud service, which stores security footage online for you to view, but at $5 a month it probably won't break the bank. Besides, who can put a price on peace of mind? Check your app to enable it if you have one of these — and be on the watch for others like it coming out at CES.

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