Canary aims to make home security simple and smart

The startup is developing a $199 home security device with an HD camera and multiple sensors that is managed by an iOS or Android smartphone.

Canary includes an HD video camera and multiple sensors that track motion, vibration, temperature, and other factors. Canary

Canary wants to make home security simpler and smarter. The startup is launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000 to get to the finish line, with shipment slated for May 2014.

Unlike SmartThings, which is developing a platform for building apps and devices that work with a variety of sensors, Canary is more of an all-in-one solution for home security, including video capture and motion and temperature sensing.

The 6-inch-tall and 3-inch-wide cylindrical device includes a 720p HD video camera with a wide-angle lens and night vision, and multiple sensors for tracking motion, vibration, sound, temperature, humidity, and air quality. An app for iOS or Android manages the Wi-Fi-enabled device, sending out alerts and notifications, and offering guided actions for emergencies and analytics. In addition, Canary is supposed to be smart. The company said that Canary learns from daily activities what the baseline is for normal conditions as a way to filter out false alarms.

Canary sends alerts to the app, from which users can trigger a siren to scare off intruders. Canary

Up to four of the $199 devices could be deployed in a location, and a home with several rooms would require two or three. Indiegogo contributors can preorder the Canary. For a mere $8,800, you can own the first Canary off the production line, signed by the team that designed it. Canary also plans to offer a fee-based service for customers to store data and video, and a 24-hour call center.

 

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