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Doorbird brings facial recognition to your front door

Bird Home Automation announces that it's adding facial recognition to its Doorbird smart doorbell at CES 2016.

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Bird Home Automation's Doorbird Video Doorbell has been on the market for about a year now, but the brand is back with an update at CES 2016 -- facial recognition.

The team hasn't shared specifics on when this update will take place just yet, but Doorbird smart doorbells should soon be able to distinguish specific friends and family members from strangers.

That way, when someone rings your front door, advanced video analytics should be hard at work sending you an alert that either a friend, or someone you don't know, is at the front door. From there, you have the option to talk to them via a built-in speaker and microphone on the Doorbird unit.

While an increasing number of smart doorbells are popping up on the scene, Bird Home Automation is the first brand to introduce a DIY version with facial recognition. The broader DIY security camera market does offer a little more in terms of facial recognition, namely ArcSoft's Simplicam and Netatmo's Welcome, but you still won't find a wide variety of DIY models that offer advanced video analytics.

Bird Home Automation is also announcing a new feature for its doorbells at CES called Doorbird Connect that makes it possible to link them with third-party devices. The brand specifically mentions adding integrations with smart locks so that you can unlock the front door remotely when a friend arrives.

The team is also introducing cloud recording so that videos will be stored for 7 days, as well as a new Doorbird door and window sensor designed to alert you to unexpected activity. Specific pricing and availability for the new door and window sensor hasn't been announced just yet, but we'll be sure to update this post as soon as we've tracked down more information.

In the meantime, check out what else is happening at CES 2016.

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