I just tested to see if I could trick the AI into thinking I am a pet, deer, or some other kind of animal by walking on 4 limbs. I tested on 3 cams…all in the name of science and improving detection and for fun:
In DARK/DIM LIGHTING (after 10PM at night):
1 V3 inside tagged me as both a person AND a pet (there were no other animals around)
1 V3 outside didn’t tag me as anything, just motion.
1 Pan Cam v2 didn’t tag me as anything, just motion (below is a part of the clip that was too long to share full length)
Walking upright on 2 legs in the same dim/dark condition as the above tests (same route, everything else the same):
All 3 cams correctly labeled me as a person while standing.
So the lighting was apparently sufficient to recognize a human when standing, but it was confused in a dark condition with me being on all fours.
WITH LIGHTS ON
1 V3 inside Correctly tagged me as a person doing the same thing as above, no pet identification this time.
1 V3 outside tagged me as a pet (not a person) (it was still fairly dark in this location though, no direct light) (EDIT: Tried again the next day during daylight and it correctly tagged me as a person now that there was enough light)
1 Pan Cam v2 correctly tagged me as a person
I should note that my Eufy cams had the same problem! I had Eufy cams monitoring the same locations and they too did NOT detect me as a person when I was crawling on 4 limbs, but they did send me person detection alerts when I was walking upright. I am sure this is a common issue in the industry. I’m glad Wyze detected correctly with sufficient lighting on the same test/route though. That is pretty cool.
On the plus side, Cam Plus still recorded EVERYTHING (as did my SD card) and my Home monitoring system still went off and alerted me to the “intrusion,” and I was able to view all the footage still. So none of that crawling around overcame the Wyze protection I had.
What I get out of these tests is the following: Keep your outside lights on, or have them turn on when motion is detected. This significantly improves correct detection at night. Even when crawling around at night I was detected as a person when there was sufficient lighting, so use a spotlight or the new lap sockets or a plug or something or just leave outside lights on, then you’re good. Also helps to have HMS contact or motion sensors on your doors/windows. No amount of crawling will trick those when they trigger.
Interesting idea @bryonhu I enjoyed trying to fake it out and seeing how it changes under different conditions.