Startup Review - Piper

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 26, 2014

An HD fisheye camera, alarm siren, temperature / humidity sensor and a Z-wave hub, all for less than $250. That's what Piper is offering in this little device:

The company raised over $300,000 in a month long crowd sourcing campaign and is now considered one of the hot upstarts in the residential video / home security space.

What's the real potential and fit of this product? How close are they to shipping in a segment full of missed deadlines? We take a closer look in this note.

UPDATE: See IPVM's test results of Piper.

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