This solar security cam brings face recognition to your yard

Tend Secure's Lynx Solar outdoor camera promises to bring sun-powered facial recognition smarts to your yard.

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Megan Wollerton covers renewable energy, climate change and other environmental topics for CNET. Before starting at CNET in 2013, she wrote for NBC Universal's DVICE (now SYFY). Megan has a master's degree from the University of Louisville and a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, both in international relations. She is a board member of the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. When Megan isn't writing, she's planning far-flung adventures.

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Tend Secure, the startup behind the Lynx indoor camera is back with a new product -- the $200 Lynx Solar outdoor camera. Available for pre-order now at the reduced price of $150, the Lynx Solar is expected to start shipping in late October. 

Here's an overview of the Lynx Solar's features:

  • 1080p HD live streaming
  • Facial recognition software
  • Motion detection sensor
  • Two-way intercom 
  • Free 7-day cloud storage
  • Infrared night vision

Tend Secure says its solar panel accessory can power a Lynx Solar cam for up to 7 days (when fully charged). 

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I'm intrigued that the Lynx Solar has facial recognition, considering that shadows, sunglasses, hats and any other common outdoor accoutrements can seriously limit visibility and make it difficult both to detect and distinguish among faces. 

So far, the outdoor "facial recognition" cameras I've tested, like Netatmo's Presence, haven't actually been able to distinguish among a stored personal database of faces. Instead, they're only able to tell you that they saw a person. We'll just have to try out the Lynx Solar for ourselves and report back. 

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