"...Cam IQ can accurately detect what’s moving within its field of vision — whether it’s just your pet, for instance, or a shadow cast by the changing light. If it’s something more sinister, like a person, the camera can then automatically zoom in and track that person as they move around the room. ...the Cam IQ will also offer a facial recognition facility that will sort between known friends or family members and any strangers, and alert you accordingly. Additionally...Nest Aware can now also pick up audio cues for alarm, whether it be a dog barking, humans talking, or a window being smashed."
This is a place where Google's efforts in AI should shine. Without any explanation, I'm left to wonder about the interface for teaching Nest IQ who your family and friends are. Is it using facial recognition data collected from Google Photos? Or do you need to "introduce" these people to your Nest IQ in person? If it's the former, it shows Google and Nest working together and leveraging each side's strengths. If it's the later, it feels like a missed opportunity.
"...Nest’s relative silence in recent times is about to be a thing of the past. 'I am very excited about the next six months,' he says with a grin, 'we’ll talk again soon and you’ll understand why.'"
It seemed like Nest had dropped off the face of the earth after Fadell's departure. Glad to know they're back in action, and that the Alphabetization of the company didn't kill them.
From The Verge