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Andy Rubin-Backed AI Security Camera Startup Shuts Down

A startup building an advanced artificial intelligence-enabled security camera, called Lighthouse, is shutting down. Founded in 2015, Lighthouse had raised $20 million, including from Android creator Andy Rubin’s group, Playground Global, according to PitchBook. The company was notable for its cofounders Alex Teichman and Hendrik Dahlkamp, two experts in self-driving cars who worked in Sebastian Thrun’s lab at Stanford University as graduate students. The product was always a hard sell, even with all its advanced AI claims. At $300, the device was much more expensive than anything else on the market, mostly because it contained a 3D-sensor that was supposed to more accurately identify its surroundings.

“I am incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work the Lighthouse team accomplished - delivering useful and accessible intelligence for our homes via advanced AI and 3D sensing,” Mr. Teichman wrote in a message to its customers and posted on the company’s website. “Unfortunately, we did not achieve the commercial success we were looking for and will be shutting down operations in the near future.”


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