Canary was the most popular Indiegogo fundraising campaign ever, bringing in $1.96 million on a goal of $100K. Yesterday they finally began shipping the product to preorder customers. Prior to this, only beta testers had received the hardware.
The idea behind Canary is simple: A wifi connected home security device that focuses on monitoring the interior of your home with a variety of high tech sensors (nightvision camera, audio, etc) rather than focusing on the exterior or specific entryways like a traditional home security system. The setup is incredibly easy (just plug it in basically), and the low cost and ease of moving the device makes it practical for renters, small homes, etc. The information gathered by its sensors can be received and viewed on your smartphone.
- Upfront cost is very cheap ($249), and there’s no monthly fee
- Short setup time (just minutes)
- The device can ‘learn’ over time. Pretty cool!
- HD Camera with nightvision and 147° Wide-angle lens
- Temperature, humidity and air quality gauges
- Siren and microphone
- Computer vision and machine learning algorithms allow it to learn from behavior patterns and provide better alerts and info.
Why Canary is useful/interesting, especially for young people and renters:
It’s cheap. A lot of young people have no home security whatsoever. This is a way to get some without breaking the bank.
Setup is a breeze compared to any other home security system. Moving is also ridiculously easy- unplug it, pack it, and plug it back in wherever you’re going to be living.
We’ve received a few questions about whether it can disable/hurt an intruder, etc. The answer is No. But it provides peace of mind, home monitoring, and has an ability to learn based on your everyday patterns to provide better and better updates as time goes on. Will it stop an intruder from smashing his way into your home? No. But it’ll let you know what’s going on, allow you to sound the alarm or alert authorities (or both), and handle the situation immediately instead of coming home at 6pm to find your home ransacked.
For less than the cost of a television, it seems like a no-brainer as a personal purchase or a gift for loved ones.