About this project
Digital Trends - "Somebody’s finally created a device that performs all the requisite smart functions you’d expect from a hub, and also doesn’t look like something that fell out of the trunk of a UFO."
CNET Editor's Take- "This DIY security system looks like an iPad, protects like a Sentri."
Gizmag - "The Sentri offers smart home security with a personal twist"
CoolThings - "No separate modules with complicated individual installations -- just one device that quickly injects a rich selection of smart home functions out of the box."
The Test Pit - "We also love the fact that the device itself is aesthetically customizable, meaning that Sentri will blend into your current decor."
Sentri is a smart home device that evolves the traditional security system to give you a 360-degree view of your home, guarding everything from your home’s security to tracking its physical state. Sentri comes preloaded with a HD video camera and motion detector that you’ll find in typical security systems, in addition to a set of sensors that measure and display your home’s temperature, humidity levels, and air quality, making it the smartest security system on the market.
In addition to a sleek screen and user interface designed to fit elegantly anywhere in your home, take the intelligence and peace of mind Sentri delivers no matter where you go with its free accompanying mobile app. Its real-time alert system, designed to learn from and adapt to your personal preferences, alerting you of irregularities that matter to you and your home, whether it’s triggered by unexpected motion that could signal an intrusion or a sudden fluctuation in temperature, that could mean the start of a fire.
And unlike traditional security systems, which can take hours to set up and cost upwards of $1,000 a system to install in addition to monthly service fees, Sentri is ready to use out of the box with no professional installation service required. Simply plug in, power on, and connect to your home’s WiFi network.
With Sentri, we imagined – and built – a home that is as intelligent as you are, one that not only provides you with a smarter view of your home, but also empowers smarter decisions that result in safer homes.
How Does Sentri Work?
We designed Sentri to fit into your home not as another tech gadget, but as an intelligent and constantly learning monitor that can be customized to respond to your unique needs to create a safer home. Use Sentri to:
Being away doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know what’s happening. Sentri’s built-in notification system alerts you of any irregularities – whether it’s triggered by unexpected motion that may signal an unwelcome visitor or a sudden increase in temperature that may indicate the beginnings of a fire – so you’ll always stay informed.
Its built-in learning algorithm is designed to learn your personal habits and preferences to alert you of the events that matter most to you, and minimize the challenges of false alarms that exist in traditional security systems. And of course, you’ll always have the choice to customize Sentri’s settings to teach it to inform you of the changes you care about most in keeping your home safe.
Once you receive an alert from Sentri’s intelligent response system, check in on your home using Sentri's built-in HD camera and mobile app at any time, anywhere (or simply check in to say hi to your household puppy!).
Sentri is more than a home monitoring device – it’s designed to be an entire response system that connects and controls all your smart devices, all from one single destination.Received an alert that your front door has been unlocked for more than 10 minutes? Use Sentri’s mobile app to remotely lock your door. Check in on the status of all your smart devices directly on the Sentri screen or through the mobile app, and integrate views of all your smart devices’ activities and trends in one view.
Always know the state of your home using Sentri’s sensors and intelligent response system. Tap into the vital stats and trends of your home – humidity, temperature, air quality, motion and sound – at any time either on the Sentri display or with our free companion smartphone app.
Have a Sentri in your nursery? Monitor temperature, humidity, and air quality to make sure everything is just right for your newborn. Curious to see how your average home temperature correlates with your energy bills and the weather? Use Sentri's trending views to show your home's temperature and map them against fluctuations in weather.
Customize your views on both the Sentri display and your mobile device with the information you care about most to best secure your home.
- Simple elegance: The best technologies are the easiest to use. Sentri is ready to use right out of the box – simply plug it in, power on, and download the Sentri smartphone app. No assembly or installation required. Hang up your Sentri on the wall, or set it right on your shelf and let Sentri take care of the rest.
Intelligence within reach: Minimize the rate of false alerts and create a security system adapted specifically to you with Sentri’s built-in notification system that not only keeps you in the know, but also learns -- and acts on -- the alerts that matter most to you.
One of the biggest challenges traditional home security systems face is that most alerts delivered are false alarms, leading to many households opting out of security systems, or simply not turning their systems on. With Sentri, maximize your home’s security with timely and accurate alerts.
- Empowering you: While safety at home is essential for everyone, we know that your home and what security means is as unique as you are. Take control of how your Sentri looks, feels, and behaves by customizing when and where you want to see certain information and alerts. From choosing the background for your Sentri to showing which sensors are displayed and which smart devices are connected, always stay in control of your home.
In the past 13 months, we’ve worked tirelessly to refine Sentri’s design and functions, and when you receive your Sentri, this is what you can expect to find inside:
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The Technology Behind Sentri
Knowledge is power and Sentri can help deliver that knowledge for your home when and where you need it. Using its built-in sensors, Sentri collects stats and alerts you when necessary. If you think a notification is irrelevant, simply respond “No action needed,” and Sentri will learn your response to make it even smarter and tailored towards your personal needs. And the more you use Sentri, the more relevant it will become for your home and life.Sentri also uses state of the art geofencing features to learn whether or not you’re home. When at home, your smartphone will automatically connect to the local WiFi network, alerting Sentri that you’re back.
We believe that we can create a smarter future together. Our platform and API is open to developers around the world; if you’re a developer, check out our reward designed just for you.
Using Sentri as a hub, developers can imagine and create any number of connections to our platform. Use Sentri’s intelligent response system and sensors to get coffee started in the mornings based on your actual waking patterns. Or have Sentri remind you of the groceries missing from your refrigerator as you go into a grocery store.Together, let’s build smarter and safer homes.
- Finalizing the electronic schematics for the final product
- Improving the user experience and UI design
- Fine-tuning the user experience of the app
- Pilot production
- Product certifications
- Production tooling
- Packaging design
3D-model of Sentri
While the engineers worked on the electronic and software aspects of Sentri, our industrial designer built out Sentri's mechanics. We used a CNC machine to create the casing mock-up and verified that all the electronics can fit into one device.
Why we need your support
Your support is critical to our long term success. While we’ve done the heavy-lifting in building out the hardware and software to prove our thinking behind a connected home, we need your help to scale this vision and bring it to market at an accessible price point. Our ultimate goal is to build a community of Sentri-powered homes that lend itself to smarter and safer neighborhoods.
We will be taking the funds from Kickstarter to move directly into tooling and production, and have agreements with OEMs in Taiwan to begin production as soon as funding is secured. We expect Sentri to retail for $349+.
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Risks and challenges
While any new endeavor involves risk, we’ve made every effort to mitigate these risks for our backers and fans. We have already completed a working prototype and have secured our supply chain in preparation for mass production. Despite our expertise and careful planning, there are risks to this project. We've identified and outlined the following key risks to our project below:
The more pre-orders we receive, the better our hardware can be. Since the beginning, we've always made it a priority to include only top-of-the-line components in our device. Manufacturing at larger scales because of higher volumes of pre-orders means that we can afford to include even more high-quality components.
Yes. You can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius easily by your smartphone APP.
It really depends on the size your home. Here is the basic rule. 1 Sentri for 1-2 bedroom(s) apartment with one main entrance. 2 Sentris for 3-4 bedrooms house with two entrances. 3-4 Sentris for a bigger house. There is really no limit or restriction about how many Sentris you can have in your house. You can put Sentri in every single room and entrance if you want.
Moreover, Sentri will be the perfect gift for your parents, friends who just moved to a new house, dog/cat lovers, or families who have newborn. =)
While Sentri already comes pre-loaded with a range of sensors (motion detector, thermometer, humidity sensor, and air quality sensor), Sentri can also detect the presence of other smart devices via WiFi and Bluetooth networks.
Today, there is a clear trend towards openness and shared connectivity in the smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) community. Most home automation devices provide open SDKs to connect with other smart devices. Examples of open platform and frameworks include AllSeen Aliance(http://bit.ly/1jkWlE5) and AllJoyn (https://www.alljoyn.org/).
As long as these smart devices have APIs/SDKs Sentri can tap into, Sentri will integrate with them. Once connected, simply view and control all your smart devices from Sentri's mobile app. Our dream is making Sentri the perfect hub in your smart home. Current home automation on this list include:
● Nest - Smart Thermostat
● Wemo - Smart switch and power outlet
● Hue - Smart light bulb
● Lockitron - Smart wireless lock
We are always expanding the number of smart devices we support, and are closely watching opportunities for integrations with other products like SmartThings, Snugr Thermostat, and Ninja Sphere.
Sentri has always been first and foremost about designing for our users, and we deeply value the views of our backers. Feel free to give us suggestions and we will continue to evaluate them as we consider integrating these features.
Our first stretch goal will be to include an Ethernet port to Sentri, making it more accessible. If the Internet connection is lost, users will receive an alert on their mobile Sentri app that informs them that their network is currently down. Once Internet connection is restored, Sentri will automatically re-connect with the network and no data will be erased (for example, you can still go back and see historical trends in temperature, humidity, and air quality).
While Sentri does have its own memory storage unit, it’s primarily used for the Sentri operating system. However, Sentri offers media archive features so users can track and record irregular events (e.g., snap a picture when there is unexpected motion). We have also set an SD card slot as one of our stretch goals, which can be used to store video captures from Sentri. On average, a standard 720p video for 90 minutes would take ~12- 13 GB of data.
Does Sentri have any battery support? What happens if there is a power outage or if someone unplugs Sentri?
Whenever Sentri loses Internet connection (which can also be triggered by someone unplugging Sentri), users will receive an alert informing them of this irregular event. Additionally, we’ve added battery support to our stretch goal so even if the power connection is lost, Sentri can still connect and keep you informed of what’s happening at home.
While touchscreen capabilities have always been on our roadmap, we've heard this feature come up time and time again in conversations with our backers. As such, we're extremely excited to add touchscreen as a stretch goal for our campaign now. If we're able to raise $500,000, we'll be able to introduce this feature now, which means more a more direct interface with your Sentri device, allowing you to directly arrange how your Sentri looks from the screen itself. Of course, you'll always still have the ability to control it with the mobile Sentri app.
Sentri supports universal power supply. 100-240V.
And support the plug type in most of the countries on Earth, like US, Europe, TW, AU/NZ and CN.
We will send out a survey before shipping to ask our backers about the plug type.
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