It’s no longer just always-listening microphones — Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display adds a camera that’s always scanning for faces.
gadgets already feature microphones that are always listening for the words that wake up the Assistant (“OK, Google” or “Hey, Google”). Now, the search giant’s newest gadget for your home, the smart display, adds in a camera that’s always watching for a familiar face.and
Google calls the feature Face Match, and it usesto remember what you look like. After that, you can tap on the screen to see personalized bits of data like calendar appointments and Google Duo messages whenever it recognizes you.
The Nest Hub Max isn’t the first product to bring facial recognition technology — and Smart phones have been using the technology to let us unlock our devices and authorize purchases , and that use cameras are putting it to use, too, including Google’s own video doorbell.that come with it — into people’s homes.
Still, it’s a product that seeks to give Google a wider window into our lives at a time when the company is already facing. I wanted to take a closer look at how those privacy standards apply when you add always-watching cameras into the mix.