In the last few years, online fundraising, or crowdfunding, has exploded into a billion dollar industry. From aspiring artists to technological innovators, people have been able to get the funding they need to complete their projects using any number of the crowdfunding sites online. It’s not uncommon to come across a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign when looking for the latest in technology – and the world of home security is no exception.
Home security is something that people need all over the world, but it hasn’t always been the most accessible. Many home security startups aim to bring convenience and affordability into the world of home safety, but don’t always have the capital to make their goals come true.
With online fundraising sites, however, a number of innovative home security startups have been able to gather the support and money they need to make this necessary technology a reality. Even within the last two years, a number of home security innovators have been able to turn their concepts into products using crowdfunding.
Here are four security products to watch out for that got their start thanks to their unbelievable success using online fundraising.
– Indiegogo (Closed Aug. 2013)
This sleek device takes basic home security technology and makes it accessible to everyone from homeowners to renters. Canary, a six-inch tall cylinder, contains a number of important features such as an HD camera with night vision, a motion detector, speaker, siren, temperature sensor and more.
Perfect for renters, students or the elderly, Canary costs hundreds of dollars less than even the most basic installed security systems and each feature is accessible from anywhere using a smartphone. With so many features contained in the device’s small frame and the low cost of Canary, it’s easy to see why the product’s Indiegogo campaign raised almost two million dollars, greatly surpassing its goal of $100,000.
Including a few more features than Canary, Piper offers not only prime security abilities but also home automation features, all of which can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. Piper’s 180-degree panoramic camera and automation perks like remotely controlling lights and air conditioning make it a great option for people looking for complete home security at an affordable price.
The sleek Piper pod invigorated investors and ultimately raised $309,119 to complete its beta testing program and start helping people all over the world improve their quality of life by adding the peace of mind that comes with home security.
A true innovation in technology, the Ninja Sphere is designed to create a 3D map of your home that tracks everything from where your pets play when you’re out to overall home energy use.
The idea behind the Ninja Sphere is to bring all of the different technologies in a home together so you can control and monitor them all from one place. Using open source code and developing gesture control are just two of the company’s innovative goals that inspired them to launch a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $700,000 AUD.
This sleek screen offers class and simplicity, following design principles popularized by Apple products. What makes Sentri unique is its two-way camera, not only offering you a remote view into your home, but your home can also see you.
Great for dog-owners or families with young kids, Sentri is designed to elegantly become part of the household decor while offering basic home security features. This product was able to receive support to the tune of almost $400,000.
If it weren’t for the online fundraising revolution, these projects and many more may never have been realized. Not only is crowdfunding making it possible to develop ground-breaking technology in the world of home security, but it makes these products accessible to everyone.
It’s easy to see by the extraordinary funding support that these products have received that innovative home security systems are something the public cares about seeing on the market. Follow this trend on any of the numerous online fundraising sites and get in on the ground floor of home security startup technology.
Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more