A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
"In 2016, there were an estimated 1,515,096 burglaries" - that equates to 1 burglary in the US every 2.88 seconds.
"Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.6 billion in property losses in 2016. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,361." As shocking as those numbers are, they're actually trending down. (FBI Uniform Crime Report(1))
Monitored home security is a common-sense product that can help any of us secure our belongings and provide for the safety of our families. Unfortunately, it is also a product that by its design excludes an unacceptable number of people from using it.
Traditional security systems are expensive to install and monitor. Renters don't want to make changes that violate their lease or lose their security deposit. Many households only need to protect a single door, which isn't worth the hassle and expense of a professionally installed security system.
According to 2015 US Census Bureau resident demographics, out of over 118,000,000 households, roughly 37% are renter-occupied. Additionally, over 18.6 million US rental units are apartments. There are 25.2 million condominium units in the US.
In one recent study, 43% of the polled households that do not have an alarm report their reason as renting their current home. Another 19% of the respondents do not have an alarm because of the expense. (2)
Xeebot is a self-installed stand-alone security system. Each sensor uses Wi-Fi to connect to secure Xeebot servers and provides UL-listed professional monitoring for as little as $10 per month. There's no contract, no minimum service period, no hidden fees.
There are no wires to poke through walls. No screws are required to mount the sensor - our 2 sided Adhesive is 3M 5292 VHB Tape, which is the perfect adhesive for bonding an ABS plastic enclosure to doors made of different materials (wood, fiberglass, metal) while supporting the sensor's 3 ounce weight reliably.
Traditional wireless systems can be hacked in a minute using $50 worth of hardware. Xeebot uses 256-bit encryption on your secure Wi-Fi - even if a bad actor knows you're using Xeebot, good luck hacking it. Also, in case your Internet or power goes out, the server expects periodic "I'm okay" signals and will notify you or the monitoring service if your system fails to check in.
The monitoring service has 7 call centers in the US and Canada, providing 24 hour service. If your sensor is armed and detects an event, it immediately contacts our server and sends a notification to your mobile. If you indicate that there is a problem or you do not respond within 60 seconds, the monitoring service is notified in order to attempt to contact you by voice or to notify the authorities!
Quality matters. the Xeebot sensor was designed from the ground up to work with Energizer's Ultimate Lithium AA battery for maximum battery life. We include 2 with each sensor.
Xeebot is a great fit for people who aren't served by traditional systems.
All RF devices sold in the US require certified testing to ensure compliance with FCC Title 47, Part 15 rules and regulations. In order to simplify the certification process, and to speed our time to market, we designed Xeebot to use a pre-certified module with matching antenna chip. Combined with using the exact guidelines from TI in our design, and by performing pre-certification testing now (before manufacturing 1,000 or more units), we'll ensure that the certification process is as quick and painless as any interaction with government agencies allows.
Rather than build a manufacturing process from the ground up, we're working with a contract manufacturer with almost 25 years of experience in printed circuit board assemblies. Tropical Assemblies of Fort Lauderdale is just a few minutes away from my home, which means that I can see the assembly process with my own eyes. Combined with their devotion to quality and customer service, these factors give me great confidence in my ability to deliver a great product.
While I don't have direct experience with hardware manufacturing, I've worked in software since 1991.T This includes 6 years as a developer, 15 years as Quality Assurance manager, and several years working with support and service. I wrote my first "real" software in in 2008. It was a home security system. I used off-the-shelf wireless door and window sensors, along with a PC interface to interpret the signals, and sent SMS notifications whenever events occurred. It's been an interest of mine for quite a while!
In addition to my own experience, a number of my friends and colleagues are working on the build out. These include a tech company's CTO, a former professor who taught programming at 3 different schools (specializing in MCUs) and former NASA engineer, and my father-in-law, who owned a security company for 32 years.
The most important tactic for ensuring our customers have the best product experience is OTA upgrades. Xeebot will ship with the ability to upgrade firmware over Wi-Fi, meaning that future upgrades and bug fixes in the sensor firmware will not require the customer replace the sensor!
There are challenges with every project, especially one of this size, but making the right choices will ensure a smooth delivery of Xeebot!