What or who is Kevin?
In the US and in Europe, 1 in 2 people will experience a burglary during their lifetime. We want to change that and prevent the break-in before it happens.
This is why we developed "Kevin". Burglars fear confrontation, not cameras! Kevin is the first IoT device to simulate the presence of people in a room by emitting light, shadow effects, and sound, meaning burglars will think someone’s home, and won’t want to break in for fear of being caught.
How does Kevin work?
Kevin is built to be extremely easy and convenient to use. Place the device in an exposed room of your home - for example the kitchen, living room or corridor. Plug it in, set it up and you're good to go. It’s our pledge that the setup takes just five minutes (or less). Kevin can now be controlled via the buttons on the box, or through the companion app (also remotely).
To produce variable simulations of presence in the home, Kevin uses a smart logic that considers multiple factors such as location, language, weather, home type and much more. And because you deserve to be well represented while you are away, that's why you can tailor your Kevin to your preferences.
- Simulation & Storage: Full sets of custom simulation data made with matching and corresponding visuals (lights, shadows and effects) and acoustics (household sounds, conversations, …). A week’s worth of unique simulation data onboard when delivered.
- Supported Languages: English and German (additional languages may be added later as downloadable content)
- Visuals & Lights: The amount of white light available is surpassing that of a 130+W incandescent light bulb. Additionally, we have fully RGB adjustable (for fake TV application and other effects) equivalent to a contemporary 65” TV. Combined with over 3000lm, this is about as much as a headlamp found in cars.
- Acoustics & audio: Integrated speaker, selected for natural sounding, high volume audio and good speech representation.
- Operation & Interface: (Daily) operation of Kevin is simple. You can use the three physical buttons to operate all the core functions, so no prior tech knowledge is needed on your part. Optionally, use the app on your phone (requires Kevin to be connected) to take full advantage of automatic activation and remote monitoring.
- Offline mode: Kevin’s core features all work in offline mode, should you prefer. Software updates and additional content, remote control options, and monitoring features are all online-dependent.
- Personalisation and connected features: connected device with companion app (optional) for full personlization.
Power consumption: We like our environment and want to help to preserve it. Peak consumption, with everything at full blast, will be 60W (or less), with the average use quite a bit lower than that. We are still working on Kevin to reduce ecological impact and your energy bill, and exact wattage will be confirmed post-development.
Our first stretch goal is reached, thanks to our great backers! As we have reached 100'000 CHF, we'll teach Kevin Bluetooth music playback!
Now, off to the second stretch goal! At 150'000 CHF, we will make it possible to extend the simulation of Kevin to third party smart bulbs or smart speakers.
Emanuel was one of our early prototype testers who has volunteered to put a prototype of ours in his house for a while. We wanted to find out the following:
- Will other people actually think that someone is at home when they don’t know about Kevin?
- Will the habitants feel more safe?
- Did any neighbours complain?
- And did they forget to turn the prototype on?
We are a team of four founders, and founded mitipi because we are very much concerned about how burglaries leave their victims emotionally traumatized and financially crippled. After speaking to victims, experts, researchers, psychologists and even burglars themselves, we figured that prevention is the best way to solve this problem. That's how we came up with Kevin. We are based in Zurich, Switzerland. Thank you for backing us and making our dream of a world without burglaries a possibility!
How we got here: prototype gallery
Kevin wouldn't have come to life without the help of the following organizations and people. Thank you all very much!
- Design Engineering Zürich
- Phil Jaycob
- Sherlock Communications
- m3 PR
- Liebenfelser Immobilien
- Sascha Ammann, Silvan Stylianou
- Bibliothek Werner Oechslin
- The Vin-Tage
- Zühlke - empowering ideas
- Melanie Wettstein, pandodesign
- Sandra Frank, Marion Bischofberger, Alexander Krusche, Romano Simeon, Andre Kehr, Jasper Bouwsma
Risks and challenges
Kevin is already developed to a mature prototype stage. We have demonstrated basic functionalities at CES 2018. So, there is working hardware and software. The electronic components have already been engineered. The electronic boards (PCBs) will require additional cycles, but they are essentially working, it’s a matter of industrialization. We also need to finalize the casing and prepare the product for industrialization.
Kevin will have to pass FCC/IC and CE certifications in order to enter the market. There is a risk for a delay due to required changes to the hardware.
The biggest risk lies in production. We have to select a reliable partner who is capable to prepare production processes, source the materials and ensure the quality.
We do anticipate challenges during the process, which is why we have calculated a buffer time to run additional iteration cycles.
Since we knew that we are going to have challenges, we hired two agencies in Switzerland. Both are closely located to us in order to design a great product that is producible.
Both companies Design Engineering Zürich and arendi realized 100+ projects.
Design Engineering Zürich is specialised on industrial design and industrialization.
arendi is specialised on electronics engineering and embedded system design.
These partners have the obligation to support us until we can enter the volume production.
Our partners helped us to identify potential production partners. We do already have proposals on the table. After the campaign, we will progress with the manufacturing partner selection process.
The software is developed by ourselves. But again, for the firmware, arendi supports us intensively to create a great product. In the software development process, the biggest risk is time delays, due to software bugs and iterations we need to run.
The user experience is crucial for us that, which is why we are working in an iterative process to test new features again and again.
We are confident that we will overcome all these obstacles. We have already proven that our team is able to deliver fast, and with good quality. We are a team of four, with very diverse backgrounds that range from marketing and communication expertise, design thinking, architecture and robotics. Together with our partners, we will manage to react to problems, like we have done until now, in a quick manner. We have one goal that unites us: a world without burglaries. Our first step: delivering a great Kevin!
- (35 days)