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Peeple is caller ID for your front door

Knock knock. Who’s there? Don’t answer the door to find out, just use Peeple.

It promises to be like caller ID for your front door, or a 21st century version of the spyhole, if you prefer. It’s a tiny camera that you mount on your existing peephole or onto the glass of your door. It connects to your home Wi-Fi and uses its sensors to detect when someone knocks on the door or opens it. When either happens, it’ll send a notification to your smartphone.

Open it – the notification, not the door – and you can see who’s there without getting up. No more having to speak to nuisance callers!

You’ll get the notification anywhere in the world, as long as you have mobile reception. So it doubles as a security camera. Wonder who keeps posting unwanted items through your letterbox? Now’s your chance to find out.

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It’s easily removed so you can look through your standard spyhole, if you prefer. And it keeps a history of your knocks and door openings, so you can look back over them if it’s not convenient to watch them live.

It’s sailed past its $50,000 funding goal and still has about four weeks to go. If you’re interested, you can pick one up for $149 (£97). Though you’ll have to wait a while – delivery isn’t expected until May 2016, a whole year away. Until then you’ll have to what the rest of us do, and pretend not to be in.