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Smart doorbell lets you know when the postie leaves a package

Clever enough to notify you when someone quietly leaves a parcel on the porch, Google’s Nest Doorbell (Battery) ensures you’ll never miss a delivery during lockdown.

It’s hard to justify spending $329 on a video doorbell when we’re all stuck at home and not supposed to have visitors. Of course, you’ve probably got more deliveries coming to the door than ever. Couriers sometimes rudely drop and run, leaving your precious delivery sitting unguarded on the doorstep.

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is rechargeable, or can also work on mains power.

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is rechargeable, or can also work on mains power.

But the Nest Doorbell ensures couriers can’t sneak away unseen. It’s a wireless video doorbell with an intercom, which can run on batteries or connect to your existing doorbell wiring. It should only need charging every few months.

When someone presses the button, the doorbell can send a notification to your smartphone. All the Google smart speakers and screens in your home can also spring to life, playing a chime and announcing in unison “there’s someone at the door!“.

The view from the doorbell automatically appears on your smart screens, and you can tap the microphone icon to speak to your visitor. You can also view and speak through your smartphone, even if you’re away from home.

Of course, none of this helps if a courier tries to sneak away without bothering to ring the bell.

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The Nest Doorbell’s strength is its ability to recognise specific objects and events. It can notify you when it sees a person, but not be fooled by a stray dog or swaying branch. It’s even smart enough to detect when someone is carrying a parcel, working best with large boxes rather than padded bags.

So as a courier creeps towards your door, you’ll receive a “Person seen” and perhaps “Person with package” notification. If they push the button you’ll get an extra “Doorbell” notification, plus all your smart devices will spring to life. If you don’t make it to the door in time, you can check the video replay to see where they hid your parcel.

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