Butterfleye Smart Security Cam Recognizes Pets and Faces


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By Devin Coldewey

It's getting easier and easier to put a video security system in your home — for a couple hundred bucks you can have a live eye on your living room from anywhere you can access the Internet. But there's still the problem of getting false alarms when your cat jumps in front of the camera, or your spouse comes home early. A new camera called the Butterfleye aims to alleviate these problems by instilling its wireless security system with a bit more intelligence.

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The Butterfleye, currently $200 for pre-orders, will learn to recognize not just the faces of your family and friends, but your pets too. It's also smart enough not to waste storage space and battery recording a curtain waving in the wind. You'll get updates in a companion app saying "Kitchen camera saw a person and a pet" or "Movement in the main hall" — that sort of thing. You can watch live or recorded video, talk through the unit and archive clips.

Right now the device is on Indiegogo seeking funding — which it has received in abundance. Butterfleye has more than tripled its $100,000 goal, hopefully allowing it to ship to its backers in just a few months (December is the goal). A stocking stuffer for the tech-savvy paranoiac in your life, perhaps?