Phone features like caller ID have made it a cinch to know exactly who is calling us and when. No matter when someone calls (even if it’s during the finale of Game of Thrones), we can rest assured that we can sync up with them later. Unfortunately, our physical footprints aren’t as easy to trace. Many old-fashioned knocks at the door by friends, family, repairmen and pizza deliverers have gone unnoticed… until now. Smart home device Peeple does for your door what caller ID does for your phone, giving you a peephole into who is on your doorstep, even when you’re far from home.
Peeple is a wireless camera fitted with sensors and a battery. To use it, all you have to do is mount the device onto the glass of your door or onto the peephole itself. The Peeple connects via the WiFi in your home to notify you when someone knocks on your door. But Peeple is handy for more than just monitoring your door for expected visitors; it also notifies you in the unexpected event that your door opens without you knowing, such as when dogs, cats or even children go wandering.
In-home security systems can be pricey, and let’s face it: Their blaring alarms can leave you feeling more paranoid than you were before you installed them. To receive notifications from Peeple, all you’ll need is the free Peeple app for iOS or Android. The app serves as your virtual peephole, who is at the door, showing you via video who is at the door. You can be halfway around the world and still receive a notification from Peeple, as long as you have a mobile device with a signal.
When you’re out of town or in bed with the flu, you’re even less aware of who darkens your door and are more inclined to miss an important visit. That’s why, similar to a call log on your phone, Peeple records a log or history of all of the visits to your door and enables you to screen them. This way, you’ll never have to get up for unsolicited visits from traveling carpet salesmen, and you can preserve all of your energy for those critical visits from the neighborhood Girl Scout troop (Thin mints, anyone?).
If you want to support the device that is bringing the peephole into the 21st century, you can check out the Kickstarter campaign. You can receive a Peeple device for a pledge as low as $99.
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