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$12,980
pledged of 95.000 $pledged of 95.000 $ goal
128
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 28 2014

About

At Nucano, we’re taking a different path to home intelligence. Instead of boring network gear that hides in the closet, we’ve integrated a home intelligence hub into an elegant doorbell chime.

Our flagship product is our smart doorbell. In addition to being a really cool doorbell, it’s also a hub that allows you to add intelligence to everyday things in your home. It lets you connect to and control over 1,000 existing compatible devices like door locks, thermostats and cameras. It gives you mobile alerts and can even send video when anyone visits your home.

Nucano gives you a fun way to add intelligence to your home. You can install just the doorbell, then add on home intelligence devices as you wish or get started right away with a more robust system. Read on to learn more about how Nucano is reimagining how home intelligence should look and sound.

What You Get

The Nucano doorbell consists of three components:

  • The Nucano Smart Door Chime--doubles as home intelligence hub
  • The Nucano Smart Button--versatile, wireless and battery powered
  • The Nucano mobile app--control your home from your phone

Your Home, Smarter

The Nucano Smart Door Chime lets you add intelligence to everyday things in your home and control them from anywhere using your smartphone. Unlock a door for your neighbor, feed your pets when you’re away, view video to make sure everything is okay. You can even automate things so you don’t have to think about them at all. There are over 1,000 existing smart home products you can control through the Nucano Smart Door Chime.

See who’s at the Front Door

Video cameras are a great way to add security to your home. We’ve integrated an inexpensive and easy to use WiFi camera into the Nucano platform. It’s easy to install and can be triggered to record events like a visitor pushing your the Nucano Smart Button. Video is sent to your smartphone no matter where you are.

Hear What’s Happening in Your Home

The hub of our home intelligence system is the Nucano Smart Door Chime. Having the hub also be a doorbell serves an important purpose—it can be configured to sound audible notification of things happening in your home. We can send notifications to your smartphone too, but some things are urgent enough that you don’t want to just rely on a text message.

Yes, It’s an Awesome Doorbell!

In addition to being a home automation hub, the Nucano Smart Door Chime is also a really cool doorbell. It connects to your smartphone and lets you create a custom “home ringtone” from any music on your phone. It can send you a mobile notification when someone rings your doorbell. If you connect a camera, it can send you video from your front porch whenever anyone rings the bell. It even gives you inside and outside temperature for your home from the temperature sensors in the Smart Chime and Smart Button.

Our System

The Nucano Smart Door Chime system has three main components: the Smart Door Chime that doubles as a home intelligence hub, a Smart Button and a mobile app for your smartphone. You can stop right there, or if you want more, the Smart Door Chime can also connect to over a 1,000 existing home automation devices so that you can control them automatically using your smartphone. Add these devices as you wish, one or several at a time.

The Nucano Smart Door Chime has both a WiFi radio and a Z-Wave radio. These allow it to act as a hub, connecting other Z-Wave devices to the Internet. If you already have an existing Z-Wave-based home automation network, the Smart Chime can plug in and act as a basic Z-Wave device, masking out all its intelligent hub features.

Not Your Grandma’s Doorbell Button

The Nucano Smart Door Chime button is a work of art all on its own. It’s a beautiful device that hangs on your front door and connects wirelessly to the Smart Door Chime. It contains a temperature sensor, so anywhere you place a button you’ll know the temperature. You can have separate buttons for your front and back doors if you wish, each with a separate ringtone. It's wireless and battery powered so it's easy to install anywhere.

Simple to Install

Installation is simple and only take a few minutes. Basically, you take your existing doorbell off the wall and wire in the Nucano Smart Door Chime exactly like your original doorbell was wired. A total of three wires need to be connected to the unit. After it’s powered, just download our mobile app, enter your WiFi password and you’re up and running!

We're Developers Too!

We love gadgets that let you get under the covers. For home automation enthusiasts that aren’t afraid to experiment and maybe do a little scripting, the Nucano platform lets you create custom actions for your home. An action might be sending a snippet of video to your mobile phone when a motion sensor is triggered, or turning on lights, heat and music when you’re on your way home. The system comes pre-loaded with some standard actions like turning off all the lights at bedtime. You can find and create new actions in the Nucano mobile app. We let users freely share actions across our community.

Where We Are

We’ve been working on the Nucano Smart Door Chime for about a year now. The units you see in the video are working prototypes. With your support, we can bring the Nucano doorbell into homes worldwide. While we’re close to entering production, your contribution will help fund: 

  • Production tooling
  • Large component orders
  • Global certifications

Meet Our Team

Our team is a group of seasoned engineers and executives. Collectively, we have more than ten years experience in shipping real products in the home automation market and many more years of experience in other industries. Nucano represents a next generation platform that is the next step in what we think home automation should be—different, simple, elegant and fun.

InControl Partnership

InControl has been building home automation software solutions for the last six years. We partnered with them to speed the development of our home intelligence platform. As a result of this partnership, Nucano gets a mature home automation framework and InControl customers can use the Nucano Smart Doorbell as a home automation hub to replace or augment their PC running InControl software.

Nucano History in Pictures

Here's a brief history of Nucano spelled out in images.

Colors

The Nucano Smart Door Chime and Smart Button each come in two color options right away. If funding permits, we'll add additional colors down the road.

These pictures are computer renders intended to show unit colors. We're showing only a partial unit due to Kickstarter rules about showing rendered versions of products.

Chime Colors

Button Colors

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Risks and challenges

There is always risk associated with producing an electronic hardware device, especially one that needs to integrate with a lot of other devices. The biggest development challenges we haven’t already overcome include FCC and Z-Wave certification. We’ve gone through FCC certification many times on other projects so the problems won’t be insurmountable. Z-Wave is a tightly controlled platform and likely won’t present too many issues. We’ve worked with Z-Wave devices for many years and have a good feel for how to interact with these devices.

Production management and production delays are another potential risk. Any new hardware product can be challenging to get to market. Mechanical tooling can be challenging to get right and getting it wrong can mean delays. We’ve had tool manufacturers look at our designs and give them the thumbs up, but until we actually build it we won’t know all the potential issues are ironed out.

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    EARLY BIRD: Receive one Nucano Smart Door Chime and one Smart Button. Not quite as early pledging as the SUPER EARLY BIRD level, but still a super deal. We can only offer a limited amount at this incredible price. You can choose the color after the campaign is over.

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    PRE-ORDER: A great deal compared to retail pricing. Receive one Nucano Smart Door Chime and one Smart Button. You can choose the color after the campaign is over.

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    THREE BUTTONS: Receive one Smart Door Chime plus THREE Smart Buttons so you can connect both your front, back door and have a spare. Give the spare to your live-in relatives to ring you when they need something!

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    LARGE HOME: Receive TWO Smart Door Chimes and TWO Smart Buttons. It lets you add a second Smart Chime at a distant spot in your home, like upstairs or downstairs so you can make sure you don't miss an audible alert.

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    FOUNDER'S SPECIAL: Enjoy a day guided rock climbing or hiking trip in beautiful Utah with Matt (Nucano co-founder) plus receive any Smart Door Chime of your choice and TWO Smart Buttons. Discuss and influence our plans for the future while enjoying a day in the beautiful Utah mountains.

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