Home Security is a potential billion dollar market. In 2000, False Burglar alarms alone were estimated as incurring nearly $1.8 billion. Most people have dysfunctional security, or just don’t bother because of the complexity in response. Also, there comes the problem on how to react to alarms, whether there’s an unidentified person in your house, or it’s just your postman dropping off mail, or your dog.
Canary was designed with these in mind. It aims to make home security as simple, and as powerful as possible, with a modest $200 price tag. It packs HD cameras with Night Vision and a wide angle lens, motion sensors, accelerometer, temperature and many more sensors into a sleek cylinder about the size of a tissue roll.
The Canary device is plugged into a power source and uses your home WiFi to connect to your device using their app ( Android, iOS are said to be supported, as well as a WebApp ). It takes about a minute to register your device with your phone, and then you can receive information from the wide array of sensors in an easy to read system. The Canary streams a live feed from the camera, captures temperature and humidity, and even sends notifications if something is wrong.
The really great thing about the Canary, is that it uses a learning based system. Overtime, it learns to recognize patterns in your routine, and only triggers alarms if the routine is broken. It uses both device camera feedback, as well as you feedback on which triggers are false alarms, and learns when to ignore them .
Your neighbor coming to visit you at 6 in the evening is perfectly fine, but a stranger prowling in the night is seen as dangerous and reported. Canary also has a geo-sensor which detects when you are within a certain range of the device, and automatically stops sending notifications when you are in your home. It also has really well-thought out ideas, like sending danger alerts when the device is moved.
Canary has been all the rage on Indiegogo, and shot past it’s $100,000 funding goal in a few hours . It’s currently funded over $1 million, and going strong with over 20 days left. The inventors have set a new funding goal of $1.25 million, with ideas of a LAN port to make up for lack of a WiFi connection, and better sensors and learning algorithms, and optimizing image and video transfer over low-bandwidth.
Bottom line, Canary is a simple-as-nails and the most connected way of keeping your home secure, and is set to revolutionize the integration of home with on-the-move-devices. Check out the original project page here.