‘Smart’ Doorbell with Video

The Ring Doorbell sends video directly to your smartphone when somebody’s on your property or at your door. With their phone app, you can see and speak with anyone that comes up to your front door, whether or not you’re home (or whether or not you feel like getting up and answering). It comes equipped with a wide angled HD video camera, smart motion detection, and cloud recording for storing the data.

This product doesn’t just provide convenience, the Ring Doorbell also can help tremendously with security. It has built in motion sensor technology (this is where the wide angled camera becomes relevant) that can detect activity on your property and provide an alert to your mobile phone even before somebody approaches your door. The Ring Doorbell features a lifetime purchase protection plan and easy setup and installation. This is a great way to get some home security and keep yourself informed about what’s going on when you’re away, even if you don’t have a full alarm system for your house.

Check out this Youtube video for an introduction to the Ring Doorbell’s features and a demo of how it works. There’s some great info toward the middle of the video about security as well. Did you know that most home burglaries begin with ringing the doorbell to check if anyone is home? Now you can answer no matter where you are (giving the appearance of being home), and send unwanted visitors away.


Hidden Book Safe

The ultimate hiding spot. This is a real book with a hidden compartment added to the inside pages. Use this to hide any of your valuables, or to leave an item for somebody in a place where only they’ll know where to find it in your house. Either way, it’s a pretty cool product to own.

The hidden compartment size is 6.75 inches x 4 inches, with a depth of 1.25 inches. The compartment is large enough for money, keys, credit cards, watches and jewelry, or any type of secret note with passwords or other information.

The coolest part- they ship a different book each time. So even if somebody else has ordered and used this product, they still won’t recognize your hidden book safe or suspect anything even if they look right at it.

Canary Smart Home Security

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.

Primary advantages:

  • 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!

The technology:

  • 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.