Startup: The Smartest House Light Ever?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 24, 2014

$100,000+, 2 days.

A startup has a hot home security camera that doesn't look like one. In fact, it looks like a light fixture. Because, well, it does that too.

However, this camera/light combo also sends alerts when prowlers are detected, and the company claims the average DIYer can install it in a few minutes for less than $200 total.

In this note, we examine Kuna, spot where the hype may be too strong, and see what members think.

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Comments (11)

So far, the answer to the poll is overwhelmingly "no."

While this is somewhat expected from manufacturers/integrators (because Kuna is not their product, and it is DIY installed), even end-users are voting 'no'.

That is surprising to me. I think Kuna will be fairly successful selling pre-orders. 2 1/2 days in, they've already sold $125k, and they have more than 35 days before it closes. At this rate, this thing could close on the half-million mark by the end of the month.

I wouldnt be interested in this product for professional purposes, but at my or my parents house this would be a fun toy.

I'm wondering about the telltale blue LED. Can you turn it off or not. Also, it seems odd that they seem to simultaneously market this as a hidden-camera and a very obvious door video intercom unit.

If I were an end-user and all I knew about surveillance was what I saw in videos like this, I would order one of these. It looks easy to use and easy to setup, push notifications combine with the concept of speaking to someone who’s trying to break-in is appealing.

I agree with Jon, the LED needs to go and the camera is a little too obvious, I dont think an end-user would care.

I bought a similar door entry camera / intercom in a pre-release crowd funded startup and never again will I be the guinea pig. Huge waste of money. If there around in 2-3 years of successful deployments, maybe. But my experience is none existent support for a market untested product. Support is to say the least I couldn't even return it for lack of no one answering emails, phone calls, voicemails or Facebook messages. Its like they test with 2 phones 1 very standard iPhone and 1 type of android. Nothing else. No software variations, screen differences, browser types etc.

What else is out there that give you a video intercom with a smart phone? It seems like an obvious application but I haven't found much out there other than something made by Siedle and it was $$$$$.

Hello Michael: See Shark Tank Featured Startup: Doorbot for a $200 video intercom. Buyer Beware, however...

Doorbot rebranded as Ring recently, but the core features are the same.

Thats the one I was talking about!

Oh man, sorry to hear you got burned, Joe!

I do not think I have read one positive end-user review for Doorbot... brutal.

51% probability the wifi link is hackable.

I like the idea if it was a "professional" device. In other words built to better specs. I can't make money on it because it is a DIY device. That's fine. I design ans sell "professional" systems. I'd love to be able to refer some of my clients to it. Plus, I with a Low Voltage license I would not be able to put it in! Ahhh, value added. I'd like to see storage (SD) card, on it and more importaintly, is there a monthly fee?

Keep some of the limitations and they will come to me when they are ready to pay for the value of my services.

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