Canary, a startup that hopes to reproduce with home security the success that Nest had with its app-enabled thermostats and smoke alarms, has raised $10 million in a series-A round of funding.
The company also raised $2 million through crowdfunding at Indiegogo (it had planned to raise only $100,000, but evidently struck a nerve). The venture capital will mean Canary can hire more staff and push more quickly to develop its hardware and software.
Canary's technology pairs a mobile app with a cylindrical Net-connected device housing wide-angle camera, microphone, thermometer, and motion detector. It perches on a flat area to survey a room and sends alerts "when something doesn't seem right," according to its algorithms, according to co-founder Jon Troutman.
It's an example of an idea called the Internet of Things -- an ever-broadening array of devices besides PCs and smartphones made possible by more cheap computing and network electronics. One particular focus of the Internet of Things are networked sensors.
The devices cost $200 each -- you'll need several for larger homes -- and are due to ship starting in July.