Nest Doorbell Locks Man Out Over T-Shirt Confusion

Your house can lock you out now on sight. We're living in the future.

Twitter user B.J. May approached his unlocked from door yesterday to suddenly find himself locked out. What could have happened? Well, in the age of smartphones and smarthomes, just about anything.


My @nest doorbell automatically locks the front door when it sees a face it doesn't recognize. Today it didn't recognize me, so I went into the app to investigate and...


...and there it was. The Nest camera had flagged an unfamiliar face approaching the door and locked it up tight. What face? That of the comic-style Batman splashed across May's T-shirt. Yes, a drawing of a face fooled the Nest. Honestly, I love Batman, but I'd lock the door on him too. Trouble seems to follow that guy around.

What could this mean for other smart doorbell customers? If you're having a barbecue, would each of your guests get locked out whenever they step outside? Halloween is going to get weird too. Especially for Batman.


In subsequent tweets, May explained that it wasn't a major FML. His family was home and he had multiple options to unlock the door again, including a pin and a mobile app. Technology, eh?


At least he'll be safe if Batman ever does come over.

By Gloria Borger / Wednesday 19 September 2018 15:57 /
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By  Razell  |  13

The Internet of Things isn't really a great idea.

Anyone who spends time on the actual Internet understands why your home appliances should go nowhere near it.