Meet Angee has asked Comcastro to announce the launch of its Kickstarter campaign on September 15, 2015, boasting the first truly autonomous home security system. With 45 days remaining in their campaign, they have already met 77% of their $250,000 initial goal, with plans for stretch goals in the works to exceed $600K.
Pictured above, the Angee system provides a full 360° view of the user’s home, complete with features such as at-the-door identification, motion-detecting rotation, advanced learning, and cordless portability. Not only is each security unit provided a la carte without a subscription based fee, but the unit seems pretty simple to set up: It connects with your smartphone, you add security tags at the various entry points around your house, and that’s it – you’re all set.
“We’ve created a home security system that is reliable and easy to use, and offers features that far exceed other systems in a similar price range,” said Angee Co-founder and CEO Tomas Turek. “Angee adapts to your specific environment and to your personal preferences, making you feel safe and comfortable. I think we’ve made an important step toward connecting people to their homes in a new and meaningful way.”
In case you’re wondering, like I was, what privacy is like with an always-on 360° camera in your house, makers assure that you can set Angee to turn away whenever you ask, so if you’re not keen on being filmed 24/7, or you’re conscious of being caught on camera in some sort of… compromising position, you can tell Angee to lay off the blackmail material – Angee will respond to the sound of your voice. Or you can just set the home security unit not to record you at all: You can modify the settings so that the Angee home security unit will only film people it doesn’t recognize. I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback by their suggestion that Airbnb hosts could use it to
spy on “monitor” their guests; but, overall, this sounds like a useful and beneficial tool… if you’re using it for good and not evil, that is. Angee Inc. has partnered with a hardware startup consultant Dragon Innovations on technical due diligence and serial production.
“In the future, smart hardware and technologies will be omnipresent,” said Tomas Turek. “They will be easy to use and perfectly integrated into our environment. These systems will understand and predict what we need, saving us time and energy, and making our lives easier. Angee is a first step toward this future.”
The Angee team is offering an early bird discount for those who pledge before September 30: $130 off per early bird unit with a pledge of $299 or more.
Angee will be available starting October 2016.