Instead of fighting crime, this man's security doorbell hilariously mistook him for an actual crime fighter.
Earlier this week, Twitter user B.J May shared a comical screenshot from his Nest app that left the internet howling. Using facial recognition software, these "smart" doorbells can recognize potential intruders and alert home owners.
Nest can also lock doors remotely, which is exactly what happened after the software recognized an apparent threat:
That's right, Nest, his security doorbell system, saw the image of Batman on May's t-shirt, didn't recognize the face, and went into "stranger danger" alert mode.
May cleared up some confusion following his viral tweet:
To answer some questions: Yes, the door was unlocked. My family was home, and my son was in/out the front door pla… https://t.co/ZFRIgqc8LY— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537237190.0
Twitter agreed this face recognition fail was hilarious, and had some questions for May, and he was happy to oblige.
@bjmay @nest @internetofshit So, can I get into your home now if I'm wearing a Batman T-shirt?— NickStevens Graphics (@NickStevens Graphics)1537300312.0
@runnymonkey @nest @internetofshit Nope. The facial recognition is only used to lock the door in this instance, nev… https://t.co/6JuFargLup— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537300405.0
@runnymonkey @nest @internetofshit That said, if you wear a Batman shirt, I'll probably invite you in for a drink. I'm pro-Batman-shirt.— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537300495.0
@bjmay @Adam_Stirling @nest Keys. They are called keys. Old proven technology. Ancient Egypt. Why fix what isn't broken?— Gordon Pattie (@Gordon Pattie)1537235661.0
@GWPattie @Adam_Stirling @nest We've found that it's quite handy to be able to let our kids in remotely via the app… https://t.co/sC1NPeWMH5— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537236762.0
@bjmay @GWPattie @Adam_Stirling @nest can you keep them locked out? that might be the real value in a few years time.— LongCastAdvisers (@LongCastAdvisers)1537241039.0
@longcastadviser I like where you're headed with this.— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537241062.0
Let's face it...if the real Batman wanted to break into someone's home, a fancy Nest security system wouldn't stop him.
@AjawadMahmoud @nest The X. Though, several have pointed out that it's probably useless to try to keep Batman out.— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537240536.0
May was a good sport after his tweet went viral, patiently responding to numerous questions about the Nest system.
He also fielded criticism from a few trolls who advised him to stick with a regular old lock and key:
@tarbosaur @nest Yeah smart locks certainly aren't for everyone. We like the ability to remotely let the kids in af… https://t.co/V8XFdqjwxM— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537280522.0
Others were strangely critical of his chosen home security method:
@retrospasm @mo_selim_art @nest Yeah if I had known this would blow up like this, I would have been more clear. My… https://t.co/SsAeqsaP5w— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537290193.0
@jp_bse @internetofshit @nest We've found that it's quite handy to be able to let our kids in remotely via the app… https://t.co/SwunMDKcDp— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537236948.0
@williampietri Had I known there would be this much response, I would have been more intentional about removing amb… https://t.co/UT0JfZ9J3e— B.J. May (@B.J. May)1537238702.0
Give this guy a break, internet!
Next time May returns home from a day of work, let's hope he won't be locked out of his very own Batcave.