Nest Hello is Google's smart doorbell system that's meant to help keep homes safe. One feature uses facial recognition technology to automatically lock the front door when a stranger arrives. This safety measure gives residents a bit of comfort, knowing that their doorbell is also looking out for them and their families.
Like all technology, it isn't perfect, as B.J. May found out firsthand when the door locked him out of his own house.
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Nest Said: New Shirt, Who Dis?
May was shocked when he went to re-enter his home, only to realize that he had been locked out. I mean, it's fair because it's his house. When he opened the Nest app to investigate why he was being denied entrance he realized that the doorbell system had focused on the Batman face on his t-shirt.
May Clarified What Exactly Happened For Concerned Twitter Users
May explained that his family was home and he still was able to open the door using a manually-entered pin, so there was nothing to worry about.
In a later tweet, he also clarified that the facial recognition technology can't be used to unlock the door; the doorbell system is only used to lock the door in the case of an unrecognized person.
This Is The Lock May Was Using
On Twitter, May told interested users that he was using a Nest x Yale Lock on the door. Having younger kids, he and his wife wanted to have a way to remotely let the kids into the house using an app instead of giving them physical copies of the house keys.
Not All Shirts Are The Problem
The Joker must be working at Google now because Nest Hello doesn't recognize other faces on shirts as potential threats. B.J. May updated Twitter users following his story with a photo of him in a minion shirt.
All in all, the humorous encounter with his Batman shirt reassured May that the system was vigilant. After all, you either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain in the eyes of your doorbell AI.