Canary brings the Internet of Things to home security


Nest transformed the thermostat, Lockitron and August gave your phone control over the front door. Now along comes Canary to take the next logical step.

Canary is an all-in-one home security system. Packed full of sensors, it can serve as a burglar alarm, baby monitor and air quality sensor all in one device. It uses your smartphone for the interface, enabling real-time video (Canary packs an HD, night-vision camera) as well as readouts from the other sensors.

And, like the Nest, Canary is designed to learn. Canary observes the normal rhythm of events in the house and then sends alerts when something out of the ordinary occurs. As it learns, those alerts can become more and more accurate, with fewer false positives meaning you are more likely to take the real alerts seriously. They point out that a huge percentage of current alarm systems are left turned off because people get exasperated with false alarms.

The biggest catch is that the device won’t be available until the middle of 2014. Crowd-funded projects have a history of running late, so perhaps this is just a cautious approach. But technology in this area is moving very fast, and it’s quite possible something new will arise before the first Canary even ships.

Canary has raised over $150,000 in under 10 hours, so this is definitely one to watch — Canary looks likely to break a million. Check it out on Indiegogo.

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