The Security System in a Bulb

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 08, 2015

One of the hottest ideas in home security is a lightbulb.

Well, BeON is not just any bulb. It claims the intelligence to trick burglars into thinking you are home even if you are not.

But at $75 a pop, does it offer enough to justify replacing an alarm system? Does it have what it takes to be a commercial success? We take a deeper look in this note.

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Product *******

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Security ***********

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Showstopper? ***** ****

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Major *******: *********** ******** 

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Other **********

 **** ***** ** *** *** ******* ******* **** *****. ***** potential ******** *******:

  • ***** ******** ****: ****** ************* ***** ******* **** ******* ****** sensors *** **** ********, **** **** ****** ** ******** ******. This ***** *** ** ********** ** *** ************* ***** ***** sensor ***** ***** ******* ******.
  • ** ****** ********: **** ********* ******* ******* **** ************ ** dialer ** **** * ******* ******* ** ****** ******** ** alarm. **** ****** ** ******* **** ****, ******* ****** ******** on *** ****** ********** ** * ****** ** ***** ** chase ********* ****.
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Platform *******

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Our **************: **** *********

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Alternative *********

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Comments (3)

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