Cameras allow you to select between notifications for people, any other movement and/or sounds. Considering Nest has familiar face functionality I'd appreciate more granular options with people notifications. At the very least it would be the ability to switch off notifications if the camera sees a family member, but could extend to on/off notifications for each familiar face. Essentially, I very much want to receive a notification if a randomer is creeping up my garden in the dead of night; I would also rather not receive 14 notifications as my wife walks in and out of the house while gardening.
Google, if you ever read these, I'd like to note that this feature ommission is costing you money. The trial of "Nest Aware" was marred by notifications that my kids were (*gasp*) playing in the yard. I'd be happy to subscribe to Nest if it could actually serve as a safety monitoring service. As it is it's only spam.
Without being dramatic, I'm pretty bloody desperate for this. I actually thought that this is what the familiar face detection meant when I invested in the nest cams. It's SO frustrating that it's not possible. It's such a no-brainer! The current all or nothing notifications gives me more than a little bit of buyers regret.
Familiar face notifications should ABSOLUTELY have separate notification settings. Should include the Home/Away modifier, general on/off option, time windows, etc. This seems like a pure software & data filtering oversight, and not a device hardware limitation. Without these, the familiar faces software tech is more gimmick than useful tech.
It’s simple. For example, I have multiple outdoor cameras. I get 3-4 notifications each time my wife uses the hot tub. I know she is using it. Why do I want notifications for something I know about. The Nest app has great facial recognition and identifies people. I only want notifications for strangers. Many of us want the ability to silence notifications for certain people. This is too nice a system not to have this feature!
I'm paying additional for the familiar face feature. While it works well 97% of the time, I would really like the ability to ignore household members from the notifications. Like the boy who cried wolf, I've found that you start tuning out to the notifications because there are so many. And the one you miss is that package delivery you've been counting on for the last 3 weeks! Please make this a feature! Even if it's not perfect, it's better not to be notified of 90% of household members comings and goings then when you get a notification, you know it's likely something worth your attention.
Exactly the same experience I'm having. Whilst at work I get many notifications as family members are at home so I've just ignored them all. Problem is that if they went out and someone broke in, I wouldn't know. It is useless having this familiar faces feature if we can't get anything useful from it.
"Boy who cried wolf" is exactly the way to describe the problem. Perfect analogy! I spend so much time dismissing notifications telling me that my wife is in the back yard that when there is a notification telling me a stranger is breaking in I'll almost certainly dismiss it without thinking out of muscle memory!!
As a sentient being I don’t need Google’s ARU (Artificial Remarkably Unintelligent) telling me I’m on porch. My spacial awareness runs on actual intelligence. As others have said a Nest subscription is useless if it just going to send endless notifications of where household members are. The day Leatherface strolls through the front door revving his chainsaw I’ll completely ignore this, the 37th Nest notification of the morning.
I also agree this needs to be added as a feature, it is the only way to take advantage of face detection. Useless without it. Thirty "person seen" notifications...ok let us look at them "all" individually and make sure they all belong there. Not good.
Good Grief Google! Apparently people have been asking to be able to filter out familiar faces in notifications for years.
It is incredibly easy for them. They know the face is in the familiar faces database. So it is a matter of adding one IF/THEN/ELSE statement to the code.
Right now the logic looks like this: Event-See a Face Action-Notify.
If should read: Event-See a Face; IF Face is Familiar THEN Do Nothing ELSE Action-Notify.
Google is one of the most sophisticated software companies in the world. It makes me wonder if Google management uses their own equipment, and if maybe they enjoy being notified every time they themselves, or anyone they know, is walking up to the door.
Made an account specifically to add my voice to the many.
It's only been 1 day since installing my Nest camera's an already I'm frustrated with the amount of notifications I've received of my wife wandering around the house. I'm tempted to turn off notifications altogether but this would defeat the purpose of having the cameras entirely.
We really need the functionality to filter notifications to only include people who are NOT familiar faces.