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Chui is a smart doorbell that can recognize faces and play custom greetings for your guests

If you thought DoorBot was cool, you should check out Chui —  it takes the “smart doorbell” concept to a whole new level. It’s definitely not the first product in this category, but despite the fact that it’s a little late to the game, it’s got a boatload of features that could make it stand out from the crowd.

Arguably Chui’s most noteworthy feature is its ability to recognize the faces of people who approach your front door. Things like video cameras, two-way audio, and network connectivity are pretty much standard on smart doorbells, but facial recognition adds a completely new layer of functionality.

Screen shot 2014-04-21 at 2.06.01 PMOnce you’ve programmed Chui to recognize a particular face, you can use the accompanying smartphone app to record a custom audio greeting that will play automatically when that person approaches your door. On top of that, Chui’s creators also built in a slew of functions that boost security. Using its camera and network-connected brain, Chui can also read QR codes and alphanumeric passwords, which can be used as virtual “keys” to unlock your door.

Chui is also designed to interface with other smart home devices in your house. Right out of the box, the device will work with products like Lockitron and Philips Hue, so if you’ve got the right equipment, you can configure Chui to unlock your door and flip on the lights when it sees your mug approaching.

Chui is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for its first production run, and the project has already exceeded its $30,000 goal. If you act fast (pre-orders end tonight), you can lock one down for just $199.

Find out more here.