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ArcSoft brings face recognition to Simplicam at CES 2015

ArcSoft's clever Simplicam security camera can now alert you if a stranger walks in front of the feed.

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LAS VEGAS -- We reviewed the $150 ArcSoft Simplicam earlier this year, but the team just announced an exciting update that gives this DIY security camera face recognition capabilities (in addition to its existing face detection feature).

Here's how it's supposed to work: The camera can scan and save the physical description of up to 10 different people. You can then customize whether or not you receive alerts and keep or delete footage on a person-by-person basis.

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Say Simplicam detects a "known" face, you might want it to automatically delete that footage and forego an alert. Conversely, if Simplicam doesn't recognize a particular face, you can program it to send you a notification and save any recorded video clips.

As with face detection, you have to subscribe to cloud recording services to use face recognition. The good news is that Simplicam's plans start at just $5 per month -- that's half of Dropcam's introductory fee.

Simplicam is launching this face recognition feature in beta form at first, giving users the ability to offer feedback on its functionality. ArcSoft is also planning to bring detection zones into the fold later this month, so check back for updates to the Simplicam review . In the meantime, take a look at our complete coverage of CES 2015.