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.

$***,***+, * ****.

* ******* *** * *** **** ******** ****** **** *****'* **** **** one. ** ****, ** ***** **** * ***** *******. *******, well, ** **** **** ***.

*******, **** ******/***** ***** **** ***** ****** **** ******** *** detected, *** *** ******* ****** *** ******* ***** *** ******* it ** * *** ******* *** **** **** $*** *****.

** **** ****, ** ***********, **** ***** *** **** *** ** *** ******, *** see **** ******* *****.

[***************]

Product ***********

************ *** ********** ** ***** ***** *** ******** ** **** a ******, *****, *** '****-****' ***** **** ** ********** ********* and ******* ** * ********** ***. *** ***** ***** ***** overviews *** ********:

**** ** ******** ** ** * ******** ******* **** ***** up ******** ** ******** *** *** ***** *** ****** ******* home ********, *** ************ **** '*** *****' *** ******** **** wireless ******** *******. ***** ***** (**/***) ******** ** **** ** video ***** *** ***** ***** *** ** ********** ** *** app.

Key **********

** *** * ****** ** ********* ******:

(*** ******) ******* *****:*** ** ******* ******, **** **** ******* ****** ******, ***** ****** *********** ********** ******* ******** ***** ********. *******, even ********** ******* ********* *** ******* ** **** *****, *** other ******* *********** ******* ********** ******* ***** ***** * **** stringent **** ****** ** * *******. *** *** ****** ** better **** ** ******, *** ***** ****** * *** *********** gap ** **** * ******* **** ***** ******** *** ** use.

******** ****:****-**** ********** ***** ******* *** ********* ******* *** ** *** cameras ****** **** **** * *****, **** **** *** ***** in. ***** **** ****** **'* ******* ****** ********* ** ******* to ***** ***** ******, *** ****** ** ******** **** ** both ******** *** ***** ******* ** ***** ************.

******* ******:**** ***** **** * **** ** ****** *** * *** degree ***** ***. *******, *** ****** ****** ** ***** ** zoomed. ****, ** *** ********* ** ****** ***, *********** ** the ********** ***, ** ******* ****** ** ***** *** **** of ********, *** ****** **** ****** ******* **** ***** ******* (no **, **** * ******). ***** ****'* ****** ** ****** sufficient *** ******* ************ ** * **** ***, ********** **** '*** ******' ** ****** ******** ***** *** ****** ***** ** ** disappointed.

** ****** *****:****** **** *********** ************ ******* **** *** *** * *** for ****** *****, **** ** **** ******** **** * ****** light *******. ***** *** **********, ****** ****** ***** ** **** voltage ******** ** ****** (********* ** *********) *** *** ****** to ****** **** *** *** **** ** ****.

*** ******** ***: ***** **** ******* ***** ** ********,******************* **** * ********* ********** *** ***** ****, ***** *****, and **** ********* ***********. **** ** ****** ** * ********* incubator *** *** ** *********** ********** ****, *** **** ***** is ** ********* **** ******* **** **** **-**** *** ******* as ********.

**********

**** ** *** *** ***** ******* ********* * ***** ***** with * ******. * ******* ******* ****************** *** **** ********* *** ******* *****, **** * *** *** ****** *** **** **** *** ~$150. *******, **** ********** ******* *** * ****** **** ******* reputation (**** * *-**** ******* ******) **** **** ******* ** DOA, *** *** ****** ** *** ********* ** ***.

************ ****** ******** ** ***** ** ****** **** *** ***** comes ** ** *** ***** ****** ** ********. *** ***** collected ** *** ****** **** ******** ** ********** **** *** light ** ******** ** ****.

** ******** ** ******* ** ****, ***** *******, *** ***********, Kuna *** * *** ********* ** ******** ***** **** *** device ******** ******* ********.

****

** *** ******** **: **** ** *** *****? ****** **** in *** **** *****:

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.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports

AI Startup Anyvision Raises $28 Million Led By Bosch on Jul 20, 2018
Anyvision is the most ambitious heavy-spending video surveillance startup in many years. And, now, the startup has raised $28 million led by...
Directory of Video Surveillance Startups on Jul 18, 2018
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known entity...
Installing Dome Cameras Indoors Guide on Jul 16, 2018
IPVM is producing the definitive series on installing surveillance cameras. This entry covers one of the most common scenarios - installing dome...
UK VSaaS Startup Ocucon on Jul 03, 2018
Decreasing exposure to fraudulent slip-and-fall insurance claims and lawsuits is one of the oldest selling points of video surveillance for retail....
Camio Wins 24,000 Camera AI VSaaS Customer on Jun 29, 2018
Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligent VSaaS startup Camio has announced it has won a 24,000 camera deal, a sizeable system for a small...
Installation Hardware for Video Surveillance - Indoor Fasteners on Jun 22, 2018
As part of our Installation for Video Surveillance series, in this note, we cover drywall anchors. A key part of installing security hardware is...
IFSEC 2018 Final Show Report on Jun 20, 2018
IPVM attended the IFSEC show for the first time this year. The Chinese took over the show, centered on Hikvision, flanked by Dahua, Huawei and a...
Cybersecurity Startup VDOO Disclosing 10 Manufacturer Vulnerabilities Starting With Axis And Foscam on Jun 20, 2018
Cybersecurity startup VDOO has uncovered significant vulnerabilities in Axis cameras along with many others not yet disclosed. In this report, we...
China Public Video Surveillance Guide: From Skynet to Sharp Eyes on Jun 14, 2018
China is expanding its video surveillance network to achieve “100%” nationwide coverage by 2020, including facial recognition capabilities and a...
Powerline Networking For Video Surveillance Advocated By Comtrend on Jun 08, 2018
Powerline networking, using existing electrical wiring, has been around for many years. Indeed, over the years, some video surveillance providers...

Most Recent Industry Reports

AI Startup Anyvision Raises $28 Million Led By Bosch on Jul 20, 2018
Anyvision is the most ambitious heavy-spending video surveillance startup in many years. And, now, the startup has raised $28 million led by...
Fail: Dahua "Didn't Check The Lux Levels but It Was Dark" on Jul 20, 2018
Dahua UK has been promoting their camera quality on LinkedIn: I, and others, asked what the lux level of the scene was. (background: Lux Rating...
Free 100+ Manufacturer-Customized Camera Calculator Released on Jul 19, 2018
Now, any manufacturer has a customized IPVM Camera Calculator, free. The goal is to make it easier for companies to help their customers better...
Improved Security And Surveillance Bidding - 2018 MasterFormat Divisions Examined) on Jul 19, 2018
Navigating the world of system specifications and bidding work can be complex and confusing, but a standard format exists, and understanding it...
Last Chance - Security Sales Course Summer 2018 on Jul 19, 2018
Today is the last day to register. Based on member's interest, IPVM is offering a security sales course this summer. Register Now - IPVM Security...
Directory of Video Surveillance Startups on Jul 18, 2018
This directory provides a list of video surveillance startups to help you see and research what companies are new or not yet broadly known entity...
Ladder Lockdown and Ladder Levelizer Tested on Jul 18, 2018
Ladders are a daily necessity for surveillance and security installers, but working on an unstable surface can be extremely dangerous. In addition...
FST Fails on Jul 17, 2018
FST was one of the hottest startups of the decade, selected as the best new product at ISC West 2011 and backed with tens of millions in...
Axis ~$100 Camera Tested on Jul 17, 2018
Axis has released their lowest cost camera ever, the Companion Eye Mini L, setting their sights on a market dominated by Hikvision and Dahua. Can...
Amazon Ring Alarm System Tested on Jul 16, 2018
Amazon Ring is going to hurt traditional dealers, and especially ADT, new IPVM test results of Ring's Alarm system underscore. IPVM found that...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact