Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of Kickstarter, where innovation meets the money it needs to come to fruition. Simply put, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website where people, small teams and companies can submit an idea or a prototype and see how many people are willing to donate money for the cause. There are multiple pledge tiers promising varying degrees of bonuses. Funders can decide whether to support a project with only $5, or offer more, effectively preordering the product. Kickstarter has its ups and downs, but it’s known to nurse many helpful inventions to life, including several noteworthy home security solutions. The list includes Angee the smart hub; the preventative security light bulb; or Point, the multifunctional sensor. Thanks to Kickstarter, home security and home automation are taken to the next level by the very same people who get to enjoy these innovations.
BeON: Be at Home Even While Being Away
Our first home defense success story from Kickstarter is an intelligent light bulb which is even smarter than the ones found in home automation packages. BeOn can be used as a normal light source, since it guarantees a soft yet bright white LED light. However, within the bulb hides smart technology with a great set of additional features. The bulb can be scheduled through a smartphone app, thus you are able to turn off the lights even while away. Even better, the smart technology is meant to learn the pattern of use, and automatically turn on the lights from time to time, giving the impression that the house is occupied. It goes without saying that BeON is a great way to deter would-be burglars. It’s even possible to have the bulb activated when someone pushes the doorbell, further emphasizing the ruse.
Angee: The Family Friendly Beholder
Labelled as the “first autonomous home security system”, Angee is a portable hub equipped with a 360° rotatable camera and a series of smart features. True to its name, the base unit has no wires whatsoever, and thanks to the built-in battery it can be placed literally anywhere in the home. Angee has two key features. As mentioned before, it functions as a home security hub, and with the easy-to-install sensors – which come separately – it can monitor key points of the home. It sports a double authentication protocol, capable of identifying family members through their smartphone’s Bluetooth signal, or use the voice recognition feature if no phone is available. Another strong point of Angee is its camera that sits in the rotatable upper half of the unit, ensuring a 360° view. You can use it to keep checks on every corner of the living room while you’re away, or to record every aspect of a birthday party – the choice is up to you.
Point: Has a Soft Point for Compactness
The last device that managed to bear fruit thanks to Kickstarter is called Point. To get to the point (pun intended), it’s a multifunctional sensor that combines a wide array of detectors. It’s capable of recognizing when guests arrive, when the smoke density indicates a fire or when burglars forced their way through the window. Users communicate with Point through a smartphone app, which sends text notifications, but Point can be set to give loud voice indications through the speaker or change its colors according to the type of danger. Case in point, the device is a keen listener, capable of detecting suspicious noises at night, or identifying environmental dangers. And it’s not bigger than an ordinary alarm!
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