With Pings (or custom notifications), you can tell the Lighthouse app what you want to know about--you'll get a push notification on your phone when it happens. See below for guides to setting up and managing Pings.
To start, just open the Search 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 Ping is easy--it just takes a few steps! Here's a guide to create your own:
- “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”
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 (camera-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.
- "Ping me if you see people on Monday"
- "Tell me if you see John after 4pm"
People (GPS-based) - When people are added to your account, Lighthouse can use 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' location relative to the location you set for the camera during setup, and is not based on what the camera sees at all.
- "Let me know when Brad gets home"
- "Tell me if you see anyone when I'm not 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 Ping. Otherwise the device won't know it's in a specific room, or recognize the door.
- "Tell me if you see anyone at the Front Door"
- "Ping me if the dog is in the Kitchen"
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”). 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!
When you set up a Ping it will continue to notify you when its conditions are met until you delete it.
Once a Ping is triggered, you can snooze it:
- Open the Events tab and tap on the triggered Ping (yellow exclamation point)
- Tap on the notification bar above the video
- Choose how long you want to snooze the Ping for
To reactivate the Ping, go back to Events, tap on the Ping again, then the notification bar and reactivate it.
To delete your Pings:
- In the Lighthouse app, open the Events tab
- Tap the icon in the upper right corner
- Choose the Ping you want to remove