Can This Hot Startup Disrupt Home Security?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 24, 2013

The Internet is abuzz with a NYC startup that has raised more than $1.5 million from an ongoing Indiegogo campaign, smashing their goal of $100,000 in hours. 

It is incredibly ambitious, claiming to deliver an HD camera, a microphone, a PIR sensor, a speaker, a siren, an accelerometer, plus temperature, humidity and air quality sensors in a product the size of a coke can for just a $199 one time fee. In this report, we share our findings from speaking with the startup, examine the offering, weigh its strengths and weaknesses, and see if it will shake up residential security.

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