Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Sentri sets its sights on protecting your home



Kronosight, a startup composed of Asus, Acer, and HTC alums, launched a Kickstarter campaign on June ten for Sentri, a DIY home security system with a distinct Apple vibe. among forty eight hours, Sentri had already exceeded its $200,000 funding goal -- to this point, it's 706 backers and $236,968 in pledges. Contributions of $249 or more (the $199 contribution level has already sold-out out) earn backers one in every of the primary factory-made Sentri units.

Sentri doesn't appear as if an ip camera competitor, however it's plenty of identical options as Piper, a extremely rated all-in-one home security camera I reviewed in 2013 and Canary, another comprehensive DIY system that is on the market for preorder currently and expected to ship in November 2014. the most distinction between them lies in style execution.

Where Piper and Canary are controlled entirely on their connected apps, Sentri adds a home screen interface wherever you'll be able to access details directly, just like the current temperature, humidity, weather, light-weight detection, and air quality. every Sentri additionally features a constitutional HD camera, motion detector, microphone, and speaker, together with night-vision capabilities.

Kronosight has plans to transform its Sentri units into hubs for third-party sensible lights, locks, and thermostats, too. Right now, it lists Nest, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Lockitron as its partnered integrations. however since Sentri is meant to be ready to acknowledge associatey device with an open API/SDK via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, there is potential to add additional over time.

Like Piper and Canary, Sentri is meant to be an easy homemade install. it is also purportedly equipped with a learning formula like the Nest Learning Thermostat and also the Honeywell Wi-Fi sensible Thermostat. meaning that it ought to be ready to track your usage patterns and adapt consequently, causation you alerts once one thing surprising happens (e.g., a large temperature swing or a motion trigger).

This smart-security-system-turned-home-automation-hub includes a heap of potential, particularly since Kronosight claims to already be in communication with OEMs for production. Early contributors who facilitate fund the project are scheduled to receive their Sentri units by might 2015. And when the Kickstarter campaign ends, Sentri units area unit expected to retail for nearer to $350.

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