Lighthouse search lets you use voice or text input right from the Ask tab to find the any video from your 30-day history.
Check out the sections below to learn more:
Searches can be very basic or very complex--whatever works best for you. Here's example of how adding 'who, what and when' terms can help you find something specific:
“Show me people”
“Show me people yesterday”
“Show me people with pets yesterday”
“Show me kids with pets yesterday afternoon”
“Show me kids between 2pm and 4pm when I'm not home”
Open the Ask tab in the app, and tap the mic or text field.
Then get started:
- “Show me ____ “
- “Did you see ____? ”
- “What happened _____?”
Add the subject you're interested in:
- “Show me the kids“
- “Did you see Andrew?”
- “What happened Wednesday?”
Add what you want to know about the subject:
- “Show me the kids yesterday.“
- “Did you see Andrew with the dog?.”
- “What happened Wednesday while I was gone?”
Add more conditions (days, times, or presence/absence)
- “Show me the kids yesterday while I wasn't there“
- “Did you see Andrew with the dog while I was home.”
- “What happened to the dog Wednesday while I was gone”
Anything Lighthouse can detect, though it is important to consider how you set them up. Here are the main things Lighthouse can understand, and some examples of how to use them:
People (vision-based) - Set Pings for what the camera sees: “people” shows you any person, “kids” and “adults” can be used for a bit more detail, and once Lighthouse has recognized individual people you can ask for them by name.
- "Did you see any people on Monday?"
- "Did you see John after 4pm?"
People (GPS-based) - When invited users are added to your account, Lighthouse can use sight as well as their phone's GPS (and yours) to tell who's home, who's not, and who's coming and going. This is based on users' locations relative to the location you set for the camera during setup, and is not based on what the camera sees at all.
- "Show me what the kids did after I left"
- "What did the dog do while I was home"
Pets - “Pets,” will work for both cats and dogs, or you can search for “cats” or “dogs.” Individual pets or other types of pets (birds, fish, etc) aren't recognized yet.
Lighthouse device names - If you have multiple devices and want to know about one in particular, use the name you chose for it (e.g. Front Door, Living Room) in your search. Otherwise the device won't know it's in a specific room, or recognize the door.
- "Did you see anyone at the Front Door"
- "Was the dog is in the Kitchen after 4pm"
Days - Ask for days any way you want to, as long as it’s within your 30-day recorded history. For example: “today,” “last Tuesday,” “weekdays,” or even “the 2nd” (which brings up the most recent 2nd of the month).
Time - Ask Lighthouse about times of day (morning, afternoon, etc.) or specific times as long as you use AM or PM (“by 4:30pm”, “between 12pm and 2pm”), and the first time something happens. Note: military time is not supported.
Limitations - Lighthouse doesn’t yet recognize inanimate objects (like backpacks, couches or counters) or other gestures, but we’d love to hear what you’d like to see in the future--drop us a line!
If you're looking for a specific kind of thing happening, you can just ask Lighthouse. For example:
- "Did you see the dog between 2pm and 4pm while I was gone?"
- "What happened last Tuesday from 9am to 9:30am?"
- "Was anyone home between 4pm and 6pm last Tuesday"
- "What happened at 8pm two weeks ago?"
You can also get a sped up summary of past days: just say, "Show me a summary of last Friday."
From the Home tab you have recent video at your fingertips:
- Tap Daily Recap to see a sped up version of the current day, or scroll through to find something specific.
- Tap People or Pets to see the most recent clips of people or pets, respectively.