With Pings (Lighthouse’s custom notifications), you can tell the app what you want to know about--you'll get a push notification on your phone when it happens.
To start, just open the Ask tab, and tap the mic (or to the left of the mic) to tell Lighthouse what you want to know. See below for guides on the types of Pings you can create, building Pings, and managing Pings.
Lighthouse includes a preset Ping for security on your Home tab for “Person-related activity while all invited users are away.”
This Ping is on automatically, so you’ll receive a notification if the camera sees someone enter your home while you and other household members are away, or if it sees movement that may interest you, like a door opening.
You can also build other Pings to keep your home secure.
You can ask if the camera sees anyone between certain times, on certain days, or certain people.
For example, if you tap Ask and say “Let me know if you see anyone between 10 am and 12 pm on Tuesday,” you’ll receive a notification if someone is in front of the camera during that period.
Lighthouse can distinguish between adults, children and pets, and can learn whose faces are whose using facial recognition.
So in addition to keeping track of visitors to your home, Pings can be used to check on your kids, see what the dog is doing, and find out if anyone you recognize (or don’t recognize!) has come by.
For example, on the Ask tab you can ask Lighthouse:
- “What did the kids do while I was away,”
- “Tell me if you see the cat between 8 am and 5 pm.”
- “Ping me if you see someone new”
While facial recognition should not be used solely for security, it can be used to keep track of both familiar and unfamiliar faces, such as child too young for a cell phone or a teenager’s new friend.
To start, just open the Ask tab. Tap the mic (or to the left of the mic) to tell Lighthouse what you want it to notify you of.
Pings can be generic or very specific, depending on how much detail you want:
“Tell me if you see any people.”
“Ping me if you see any pets this morning.”
“Tell me if Andy doesn’t get home by 5pm”
“If you see the kids after 10pm when I’m not there let me know.”
“Tell me if you don’t see any people with the dog between 12pm and 2pm on weekdays”
Building a Ping takes just a few steps! For example:
- “Tell me if ____ “
- “If ____ let me know.”
- “Ping me if _____”
Add the subject you're interested in:
- “Tell me if Andrew____ “
- “If ____ the kids, let me know.”
- “Ping me if the dog_____”
Add what you want to know about the subject:
- “Tell me if the Andrew gets home____ “
- “If you see the kids ____, let me know.”
- “Ping me if the dog is seen_____”
Add conditions (days, times, or presence/absence)
- “Tell me if Andrew gets home after 4pm on weekdays “
- “If you see the kids on Mondays when I’m not there, let me know.”
- “Ping me if the dog is seen between 12pm and 1pm on weekdays”
People (general) - Ask Lighthouse about "people," "kids," "anyone," "someone," and more.
People the camera sees - First teach Lighthouse to recognize faces it's seen, then ask for them by name (see section above for more).
- "Tell me when you see Dave"
People by their phone's location - Invite family to your Lighthouse account so it knows if they're home or not, then ask about them coming and going (see section above for more).
- "Let me know when Brad gets home"
People waving: - Lighthouse can recognize a wave, and the app allows you to receive a notification when someone waves at the camera.
- "Tell me if anyone waves"
Pets - Ask Lighthouse about the dog or cat to see what your pets are up to.
- "Ping me when you see the dog"
Day and time - Ask about specific times: "Monday afternoon," "after 4pm," "between 4pm and 7pm," "weekdays," "tomorrow" and more.
Multiple Lighthouse cameras - If you've got more than one camera, search by the name you gave it.
- "Tell me if you see anyone at the Front Door"
- "Was the dog in the Kitchen"
What Lighthouse doesn't understand - Lighthouse doesn’t yet recognize inanimate objects (like backpacks, couches or counters) or other actions, but we’d love to hear what you’d like to see in the future--drop us a line!
You can temporarily or indefinitely snooze a Ping (if you'd want to keep it active, but don't need notifications right now), edit a Ping, or delete the Ping if it’s no longer needed.
There are a couple of ways to snooze a Ping:
- To indefinitely snooze notifications for a Ping, find the Pings section of the Home tab and tap the slider next to your Ping. Just don’t forget to turn it back on later!
- To temporarily snooze notifications for a Ping, tap Manage Pings on the Home tab, then tap Notifications under the Ping. Then just choose how long to snooze the Ping for. To reactivate the Ping, repeat the steps to locate the Ping notifications, and choose Turn on.
- When you receive a rich notification on your phone, just tap the Snooze option right there on the notification.
To edit a Ping:
- Tap Manage Pings on the Home tab or the Events tab.
- Tap the edit icon on the Ping you want to change.
- Make your edits and tap Update.
- Confirm the change.
To delete your Pings:
- Tap the Manage Pings icon on your Home tab.
- Tap Delete under the Ping you want to remove, and confirm.