Simplicam Facial Recognition Tested

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jan 23, 2015

Facial recognition, available for $150?

That's the offer from a startup, Simplicam, who has not only cloned Dropcam setup and user interface but has added in facial detection and recognition.

In this report, we share our test findings of Simplicam, matched up against Dropcam:

In particular, we examine Simplicam's key differentiator, facial detection and recognition.

  • How often does the camera miss registered users?
  • Does it mistake one user for the other and why?
  • How will angle affect recognition?

****** ***********, ********* *** $***?

****'* *** ***** **** * *******,*********,*** *** *** **** ****** ******* ***** *** **** ********* but *** ***** ** ****** ********* *** ***********.

** **** ******, ** ***** *** **** ******** ** *********, matched ** ******* *******:

** **********, ** ******* *********'* *** **************, ****** ********* *** recognition.

  • *** ***** **** *** ****** **** ********** *****?
  • **** ** ******* *** **** *** *** ***** *** ***?
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Key ********

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  • ** *** **** ******* *** ***'* ********** ** ***** **** **** ************ *****, ********* *** ************ ****** *** *** *** ***** *** user ********* ********. ** ***** ****** **** ** ***.
  • ********* *** ***** * ********* / ***** **** **** (**** Dropcam **** *** ****) ***** ***** ** ****** ** ****** recorded *****. *******, *** ********** *** ******** ** ** *** be **** ** *** ******* ******.
  • ****** ********* (*.*., *********** * **** *** *** * ******** person) ****** ~**% ** *** **** **** ****** **** ****** towards *** ******.

****

  • ********* ********** ******** ******** **** ***** **% ** *** ****, despite ***** ********* ****** ************ *************** (~*.*' ******** ******, ~*-*' to ******).
  • ***** *** ******'* **** ***** (***°) *** ***** *********** ***** (5-6'), ** *** **** ** *** * **** **** **** without *** ****** *********** ******* ** ** *** ******.
  • ******* *** ****** ** ~*' ****** ******* ********* ** ****** recognition ********
  • ******** *********** ****** **** ** *********** *** ***** ******* **** one ******* *******, ********* *** **** *** *******, ** ********* as ******** *****
  • *** *** ********* **** ** ***********, ******* ***** ** ****** events ******* ****** **** *** ***********.

****

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*****

*** ********* ***** ***$*** ******, *** ********* * ********* ****. ********* ***** ***** ** $50/year *** *** *** *********, $*** *** ** **** *********, and $*** *** ** ****. ********* ***** *** **% *** for ******* ****** *** ***** ***.

** $***, *** ********* ** $** **** ********* **** ********** ***. ******* ****** * *** ($**) *** ** *** ($***)********* *****.

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*** ***************-******** **** ***** *** *** ***** ** ***** *********** and ******* ** **** **** ****, *** ********* *** ** attractive, *** *** "***" ******, ** **** ** ********* ** alerts ** **** *** ******** **** ** ****** ***********.

** * ******* ***********, ********* ** *** ******* ** **** found ** ******** *******, ** ~$** ***** ***** *****. *******, their *********** ********* **** ** ******* ** * ****** *** of *******, ******* ***** ** ****** *** **** **** ****** ($129 *** ** ****) *** ******** *******, ** ***** ** events ******* ****** ***** ** ***********.

Physical ********

*** ********* ** ***** ** **** ** *** ******* ***, though ******** ****** ** ***** ********. ** *** ** ****** desk/shelf ******* ** **** ******* **** *** ******** **** ****.

Facial ***********

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********* ********** *** ****** ** ******* ***** *-*' ****, *** subjects ** ** **** **** *-*' ****.

********* ** ******

** ****** ********** *********** ******, ***** **** *****:

*********** ********

** **** ****** *****, *** ******* *** ******** ********, ***** 4-5' **** **** *** ******, ***** ** ******* ** ***** 5.5' ****. **** *** ******* *******, *** *** ***** **** lit (~*** ***), *** **** ** *****.

*******, ** *** **** *****, **** * ****** ******** **** tilt ******** ***********:

******* *** ****** ** ~*' **** ********* *********** ***** ** well, ** ***** **-**%.

***** ******

** ******** ** ****** ***********, *** ****** ********* ******* *** user *** *******, ** ** ************ ****** ** * ****. This *** ********** ****** **** **** **** *******.

************, ****** **** ******, *** ****** ********* ******** ******** ******, despite **** *** ***** *******. *** ******* ** *** *** left ****** ** *** ***** ***** ******** ****.

Comments (7)

...*** ******* *** **** ******** ***'* **** ** * *********** setting, ***** ****** *********** ***** ****** * ******.

* ***** ********* *** ******* **** ******* **. **** ******* is **** * ******* ***** **** ***** **** ***'* **** about ******** ******* *** *** **** ***** ** ***** *********.

** ********* ********* ******* ****** **** **** ********* *** ********* subjects **** **** ******* *********, *** **** ********* **** "****** them **** **** **** ***** ******** **** ** * *** to *** *****".

** **** **** ** *** **** ****** ** ********* ****** recognition ********** **** ******** ******** **** *******, *** ******* ******* with "******, ** **** *** ***** ** ****. ** **** look **** ** **** ** ** **** ** *** ** beta".

********* *** * ***** ******* **** ******* ** ********** *******. That **** *******, **** * ****** *** * *****, *** the ****** ********* (***-***** ****** *****) *** ******. **** ****** lower *** ****** **** ****, ****, **** ******* ** *** from *** ********. ******* ** * ***** **** ** ***** areas. **** * *** ******* ******** *** ******** ***** ******/************, Simplicam ***** ** **** ********* **** ******* ********.(******* ******** *** *** ***** ****** **** ***** **** ***** systems ***)

***** **** ******* *** ********* *** **** ******** **** *********** families **** ****** ********* **** **** *** **** **** * camera. *** ******* ***** ****-***** ****** ** ****** .** ****(+** -**)** *********(******** ** ******* ****** **** ** ** **).

**** ** ***** ******* *** ***-**** ** ******* *** ******* 1Mbps **** * ****** ******* ** * ****. **** **** 1 ****** ** * ***** *** ** **** *** ******* residential ****** **** ** * *****. *** *** *** ********** roughly ******* *.* ** ***** *** ****** ***** *** ** they ** ** * **** **** ******* *** **-** *** upload(***** ******** ****** *** *** * *******)

*********** ********* ***** ******** **** ** *** * ****** ******* setup **** ** **** ** **** * *** ******* *** to ***** ***** *********** ********. **** ****** ******** **** ***** own ****** *** ****** ****** ** **** ** **** *+ cameras **** ** ******* ******** ******** ********* *******(****** ******* ****** ****** **** *** *** ********* *****)

** * **** **** - ********* *** *** * ***** job ** ********* ** *** *********** ******. ***** ***** *** SimpliCam ** ** ** ******** ********. ******* *** **** ***** viral ********* ******* ******* **** ***** ** ** *******.

** * **** **** - * **** *** ******* ***'* and * ********* *** * *** ***** ******* **** * have ******. ********* **** *** *** ****** ****** ********** ****, as * ****** ** *** **** * ****** ****** **** for ****. *'* ******* *** ********* **** ****** ******* *** allows ** ** **** ******** **** ** *** *** *** alerts. *'* ********* ******* **** ***** ******* *******, ***** **** promising ** ***, **** * ****** ** *** ***** *******. The **** ********* (***) ********* ** ********* ** **, ***** why *'* *** * *** ** *********.

*'* ******* *** ********* **** ****** ******* *** ****** ** to **** ******** **** ** *** *** *** ******.

**** *** ****** ** **********, ** **** ******?

* **** *** ****** **** *** ***. ** ***** ** lack ***** **********. ** ******* *** ******, ******* ** **** not **** * ********** ******.

** * **** **** ******** ** ***** ** ****** **** I *** **** ****** ** *****: *** *** ***** **** for *** ***** *******. * *** *** **** **** ******* but ** ** ********* **** *** *** **** *** **** test ********. **** *** ***** **** ** *** ** ********** for ***** ***** ****** *** *** *** *******: ***********, ***** range ************** ** **** ****** ************.

** ****** ******* **** *** **** ***** ** ******** ** for ******* **** ** **** ******* ***********. *** ** *** it ** *** **** ******** **** *** ******* **** *** result ** * ********. ** **** ******** *** ********* ****** than *** ******** ** ** **** ********** ** ****** ** recognize **** ******** (******** ******** **** **** ******* *** ******* in * ***). *** *******, * ******* ***** *** ***** list ******** ** ** ********, ********** ** ****** *** - 300 ****** *** ****, *** **** **** ** ** *** alerts *** *** *** ** ******* **** **% ** **** are **** *****. *** ******** *** ******** *** *** *****, the ********* ******** ** ****** *** *** ** ** ***** thing. ** *** **** **** *** ******** ** *********. ***? Because **** *** ********* ******* ** *******. **** *** ****** the **** ** ***** ***** *** *** *********** ******* ** a **** **** ***.

**, *** *** ***** **** *** *** ***** ******* *** get ******** **** *** **********.

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