iPhone-Enabled Home Security System 'Canary' Offers HD Camera, Environmental Sensors and More

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    'Canary' is a small tabletop device that, according to its designers, will make your home safer and more secure from a variety of issues. The Canary includes a number of features and sensors that are accessible through the cloud from an iPhone:

    - HD camera with a wide-angle lens and microphone
    - Night vision and IR motion sensors
    - Temperature, air quality and humidity sensors

    The company behind Canary says that traditional home security systems are expensive and underused because of false alarms. Because the Canary only alerts the end user, providing information from both the sensors and the built-in camera, the device aims to still protect the home while cutting down on potentially costly false alarms.

    The app and service are free, but the company plans optional service plans with additional options such as increased data storage and call-center options.
    Canary is currently available via preorder/crowdfunding on Indiegogo, starting at $199. The company has already surpassed its funding goal of $100,000.

    Article Link: iPhone-Enabled Home Security System 'Canary' Offers HD Camera, Environmental Sensors and More
  2. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2005
    OKC & Lubbock, TX
    Interesting concept, but it doesn't meet all of my needs. I want more security!

    Our current DIY, iPhone-friendly home security setup is a system from SimpliSafe.com (love them!!) with actual alarm monitoring + I use iCam on my Mac and home with some wireless cameras for motion detection and security DVR. If I want, the iPhone app will alert me of motion and I can review motion alerts. http://skjm.com/icam

    Love it! Works flawlessly and has for about 2 years now.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2003
    I was looking for some kind of IP temperature/environment sensing device... I wonder if it's "open" enough to be able to monitor it with something other than an iPhone. Probably a little expensive if I only use it for that (though I like the security feature too).
  5. macrumors 603


    Jan 8, 2009
    "Canary", after the canaries used in mining days to detect gas leaks and such? Clever girl.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2012
    Wow something with great potential:) already waiting for reviews
  7. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    This looks excellent. Some may call it paranoid, but in my humble opinion you can't put a price on peace of mind. Even though I've got an alarm system I felt & slept 10x better when I got contents' cover.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    certainly a good product. Wonder how many flaws it will have in the first weeks / months. Its probably best to wait a little bit before buying them. It would be even better if it were able to rotate (dont think it is).

    -I think apple should patent the style they use in their promotional videos so not all videos from all companies that have something to do with an idevice are like apples :D :D
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2010
    Awesome concept but I do not need a humidity sensor/temp sensor etc at every point

    They need to expand with smaller/cheaper add on units with just a basic motion sensor or camera that can be placed through out the house and this at the main base station.

    That would make it a true home solution
  10. macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    This appears to be tailored more toward people with condo's rather than full houses. It would be perfect for me, if it works as well as advertised, but I'll wait for reviews.
  11. Dae
    macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2009
  12. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I was waiting for Mac Pro comparison comments.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I also think it is an excellent concept, but think the sensors do want to be at every point. They should be able to detect fires and flooding, things which can be quite localised, or at least start localised, and it is too late when they are not.

    The one thing I am not sure about. How do you stop a burglar from taking it with them, or even just putting a sheet over it? It seems too easy for an intruder to render it ineffective.
  14. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    looks very cool. it seems they suggest buying multiple units for larger homes
  15. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    videos are beginning to look the same now :rolleyes:

    The Device is impressive but then again , the video did it all ( apple style )

    i'll wait till the first users' complain have been fixed.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Seems a good value/price.

    My $160 camera on pivot was barely OK.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    March 2014 delivery date. Keep in mind that over 80% of these projects are delivered months after their intended date with almost 20% that are funded never being delivered at all.

    I went with the Scout Alarm. Sadly they recently pushed their delivery date back from August 2013 to late 2013.

  18. macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Stores 24/7 video of your home in the cloud, how convenient for the NSA
  19. macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2013
    Dropcam has been doing this for a few years now, except fot the temperature sensor.
  20. Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    More of that crowdfunding/kickstarter-like crap? No, thanks.

    Wake me up when the thing is REALLY out and available for purchase.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Nest, are you seeing this. Please do something along these lines. Load it up with sensors and you might have a winner.
  22. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Might have a winner? Nest is already one in its field...just because it hasn't spread to other fields (yet?) doesn't really make it a loser or anything like that.
  23. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
    I love this. Pity I don't have my iPhone anymore! I would actually use this as I live out in the country and work in the city.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    "Warning! Sudden spike in temperature indicates that your house is burning down. Now watch it burn on the HD camera."
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    Limited storage unless you want to buy the increased data storage at additional cost.

    Izod Stem is similar. The 25 free motion events are used up in a couple of minutes. If you want it to reliably store motion events you must purchase a monthly data plan.

    This sounds promising but I won't be preordering it.
    I'd like to wait to reviews are out and they release how much they are charging for add ons.

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