Several years ago, my house was broken into and a number of things were stolen, including my laptop. Ever since then, we've been a lot more vigilant about locking doors and windows even while we're home, because you just never know. One thing I really wanted to do was get a home security system, but it was just not affordable for us. I mean, sure, you can get a cheap alarm that may or may not frighten off a burglar, but in order to get something truly effective you've got to shell out a lot of money for the system as well as pay a monthly fee for the service. Simply not in our budget.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this, which is a niche that Canary may well be able to fill. It's an all-in-one device that measures six inches tall and three inches in diameter. The camera is hidden behind a strip of black plastic and is not at all adjustable, which means you have to position it by moving the entire structure. Luckily, it's small enough that it shouldn't really be a problem. The camera is HD with night vision and a wide-angle lens, and it also has a microphone, motion detector, speaker, accelerometer, and sensors to measure air quality, temperature and humidity.

In order to use Canary, you just plug it in and connect it to your home Wi-Fi system. The system then learns your daily routine by sending you alerts to your smartphone which you can choose to dismiss or add to the list of things you want to hear about. It's kind of like teaching your software firewall, really, where in the beginning it's going to drive you absolutely crazy with alerts, but once you get it dialed in, it'll work like a dream.

This is not an existing product...yet. It's still got a month to go on Indiegogo, but they've already received more than four times their funding goal. If you choose to get in on early funding, you'll be able to get a simple system for $150.00 US, while the final product is expected to retail for around $200.00 US. It's definitely something to think about.

Source: Popular Science

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