Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 14, 2014.
About this project
The LILA Sensor is perfect for checking if your doors and windows are closed.
Just open up the LILA app and you’ll be able to check on all your LILA Sensors from your phone. LILA will also alert you if you leave the house without closing a door or window. LILA is compatible with most iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices supporting Bluetooth 4.0.
Easy to fit
LILA Sensors are supplied with self-adhesive strips, so no drilling or screwing required.
Bluetooth Low Energy gives maximum battery life
Each LILA Sensor uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate. This gives a typical battery life of over 1 year for each Sensor.
Mesh Network for unlimited range
Now you may be thinking ‘well that’s no good, I live in a mansion and Bluetooth won’t reach from one side to the other’, well it doesn’t need to! As long as each LILA Sensor is within range of another, they will daisy chain the connection, giving you live information from all over your home.
The LILA Hub (optional)
The LILA Hub has been designed to give you a remote connection to your LILA Sensors. Just plug the Hub into a wall socket, add it to the app and connect to your home Wi-Fi. You can now:
• Receive an alert if a door or window is opened while you are out.
• Set active alarm times.
• Receive notifications that a family member has got home safely.
There’s a world full of creative people out there and we want to give everybody the chance to get creative with LILA.
Want to keep track of your pets movements? No problem, just stick a LILA Sensor to you cat or dog door.
Someone keeps leaving the freezer open? Want to be alerted to midnight snackers? Just stick a LILA Sensor to your fridge/freezer.
You can even stick a LILA Sensor to important drawers and cupboards.
Open for Developers
We believe in the power of numbers, so we’ll be releasing an SDK so developers can make their own applications, integrate into existing systems, build a school/college project, or just about anything that comes to mind really.
Just the beginning
The LILA Sensor is just the first step of our journey on the road to complete peace of mind. Once the LILA Sensor has hit production we will be working to bring you the next ‘peace’ of the puzzle… the LILA Socket. Everyone has experienced the panicked feeling of ‘did I leave the TV/Iron/Hair straighteners on?’ but with the LILA Socket combined with the LILA Hub you won’t need to worry anymore, just use the LILA app to remotely check and turn off sockets around your home.
Meet the team
Progress so far
After the initial idea for LILA we needed to prove we could make it work. The first step was to find the right method to distinguish between an open and closed state. After ruling out various methods (such as IR beams) due to their power consumption, we finally decided a magnetic sensor would be the most efficient route.
Next it was time to purchase a variety of Hall effect sensors and magnets to trial. Once these arrived we were able to modify a circuit board from one of our existing products, to test the power consumption and response time of each before making a decision.
Using our modified board we were then able to get to work on our custom firmware which allows the sensors to communicate. This took some considerable thought, as reducing power consumption without sacrificing functionality posed a real challenge.
At this stage we were able to put together our first generation of the LILA app for iOS and prove basic level functionality to build on. Next came the Android app testing which consisted of the initial Bluetooth Smart service, and a very rough UI to prove functionality.
For the LILA Hub we were again able to prototype by performing heavy surgery on some boards we already had available. The biggest challenge faced in the Hub prototype was how to allow configuration of the WiFi. Initial thoughts revolved around the ability to connect a USB keyboard to the Hub for configuration, luckily we scrapped this idea and moved to the much more sensible option of being able to enter settings through the LILA phone app over a Bluetooth Smart connection.
Now that the core functionality of LILA has been tested with working samples, the next steps for us are:
Finalize LILA Sensor & Hub firmware.
Source interchangeable LILA Hub plug pins for worldwide use.
Improve user interface for iOS app.
Improve user interface for Android app, and test as many devices as possible.
Build Windows Phone app (on release of Windows Phone 8.1 SDK).
Get LILA Sensor and Hub through CE, FCC, IC and Bluetooth certification.
Take the LILA Sensor and Hub into manufacturing.
Prepare the integration SDK for developers.
We also have a few ideas for additional functionality, and will release details once we confirm we can deliver on them.
Update 28th March: We’re nearly half way to our goal in just 10 days!
The response to LILA has been fantastic, and we’re loving all your suggestions and comments, so keep them coming! We’re already implementing some of your suggestions….
- We have settled on our LILA Sensor battery choice of CR2032 coin battery.
- The LILA Sensor plastics have been modified to allow for a weatherproofing gasket, so LILA Sensors can be used outdoors.
- We’re looking into support for both IFTTT and Ninja Sphere.
Stretch Goal - £50,000!
We’re well on our way to the £25,000 target to get LILA into production. If we hit the £50,000 mark then we’ll add temperature monitoring to the LILA Sensor. Giving you an alert if a room goes above or below the temperature limits you set.
Risks and challenges
Windows Phone: To deliver compatibility for Windows Phone we are relying on a complete Bluetooth Smart API to be included in the release of Windows Phone 8.1. There are strong indications that this will be the case, but until we get our hands on it we can't be 100%. **Update - support confirmed!**
Testing: Getting a product tested and certified for CE, FCC, IC and Bluetooth is an expensive process and this is what the majority of funds will go towards. We have an expert team of hardware & software engineers to see us through this process, but it usually throws up a surprise or two, just to challenge us!
Manufacturing: From experience we have learnt that it can take time to get injection moulded plastic parts just right, so one of our key challenges will be to make this process as swift as possible to avoid any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We expect each LILA sensor to run for over 1 year, and the battery can simply be replaced when it runs out. The LILA Hub uses mains power rather than a battery.
The LILA Sensor uses a CR2032 battery that can be replaced when it runs out.
Just use the adhesive pads supplied to fit one part to frame, and the other part to the door or window, so when it's shut the 2 parts are close together. There's no drilling or screwing involved.
Yes. We are currently sourcing interchangeable plug pins to cater for all major types of electrical outlet.
The larger part is the brain, it contains a Bluetooth Low Energy chip that can communicate with other sensors and your phone. It detects when the smaller part is close. The smaller part is just a magnet!
iOS 7.0 (or greater): iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 3/4, iPad Mini 1/2, iPad Air.
Android 4.3 (or greater): Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5, Samsung Note 2/3, Nexus 4/5. More devices will be added once tested.
Windows Phone 8.1: T.B.C on the public release of the WP8.1 SDK.
Typically the 2 parts should be within 1/2 inch when closed. But the smaller part is just a magnet, so you can always change it for a stronger magnet to suit your need.
We considered making the sensors weatherproof, but as the high majority of applications would be in dry locations we opted against it so we could offer them at a better price. They will withstand splashing/brief weather exposure, but would not last if left for long periods of time out in the rain. If there is a high demand for weatherproof sensors we will investigate the possibility of being able to offer a 'weatherproof kit' as an optional extra for those who require it.
- (35 days)