About this project
Meet Sense by Silk Labs
Make your home more intelligent using sound and vision
Sense is the beautiful connected camera and smart home hub we've all been waiting for! At home or away, Sense is there to help you keep tabs on the things that matter most: your home and your family.
See your home from anywhere, securely
Know who’s home
Sense’s camera recognizes specific people in your home as well as their comings and goings. When Sense sees someone it does not recognize, it will ask you if you’d like to identify them via the Sense app. Sense can tell you when your daughter comes home from school, if she is running late, or if she comes home with a friend. Sense brings peace of mind to your daily routine.
Get meaningful notifications
Sense looks after your home and notifies you of unusual behavior, like odd sounds and motion, or an unrecognized person walking around. Because Sense knows about your family and pets, and learns from you what is unusual, you are only alerted to things that matter most to you. No more needless notifications!
Make your home more responsive
Sense knows who is home and learns what they like over time. Sense can automatically turn on the lights, music, and set the temperature to their preference, all without fumbling with a smartphone. Sense will turn things on when they arrive and off again when they step out. Want to change settings or preferences? Train Sense easily to get things just right.
Do more with Silk apps!
Sense grows with you over time. You can discover and install new interactions and behaviors to personalize Sense for you and your family. Imagine an app to track your pet’s activity or to tell you how well your baby is sleeping…the sky’s the limit with the Silk app ecosystem and open platform for developers.
Features and benefits
Plug it in, set it up with a single tap, and let Sense start to make your home more intelligent with the following features:
When you are at home
- Connects with smart home devices - Sense works with a wide range of connected devices, including lighting solutions such as Philips Hue and LIFX, sound systems including Sonos, home systems like the Nest thermostat, and many more to come...
- Interact through voice and gestures - Sense uses powerful onboard processing to support simple voice and gesture interaction.
- Learns and adapts - Sense recognizes patterns and adapts to your needs through simple interactions. No programming, no setup, no nonsense.
When you are away
- Know who's home - Sense can distinguish people apart and can detect who is home at all times. Using computer vision for facial recognition and Bluetooth LE for proximity, Sense is always aware of who is home.
- Keep tabs on your pet - Sense can detect animals from humans and can keep track of their movements and routines.
- Get meaningful notifications - Sense isn't triggered by simple motion, light changes, or even pets -- it's triggered by people, events and relevant context. Sense considers who, what, and when in order to send you more thoughtful notifications.
- See your home, securely - Sense brings a secure remote feed for recorded and live video of your home. With our secure setup and hardware based encryption, only trusted smartphones can access your video remotely.
Setup and security
- One-touch secure setup - Setting up Sense could not be any easier. Just plug it in, launch the app, and tap Sense with your smartphone. Within a few seconds, Sense will be up and running and paired with your handset. Your video will be fully encrypted for your eyes only.
- Add apps for new experiences - Easily discover and install Silk apps that run on Sense to add new capabilities and experiences, including those created by third party developers.
About the Silk Connected Device Platform
Sense is the first product running Silk, a powerful new platform for connected devices that utilizes local processing and deep learning to bring a new age of responsiveness to the connected devices all around us.
Powered by Silk, Sense can detect your presence, recognize your voice and gestures, learn your preferences, and choreograph your connected devices to respond to you appropriately. Sense can act as the eyes, ears, and brain of your connected home!
What makes Sense different from other "smart" products?
Local vs Cloud Computing: Why does it matter?
Today’s "smart" connected devices really aren’t smart at all. In fact, most of what we call “smart” or "connected" products are really just sensors that you remotely control with your Smartphone through the cloud. Adding connectivity doesn't make them intelligent, and because your personal data is being processed remotely in the cloud, it's not very secure.
Sense runs applications locally on the device itself, and utilizes machine learning to create more intelligent, meaningful, and useful experiences with all of your connected devices.
Seriously serious privacy
Sense and future Silk products will always have privacy measures built into the core of the architecture. We take privacy even more seriously than "seriously." While others may promise you a secure cloud with bank-level encryption and ethical employees, we make it impossible for anyone not in possession of your smartphone, or Sense, to view your private moments.
One-touch setup leverages proximity and Bluetooth LE to securely exchange secret keys between Sense and your Smartphone to enable end-to-end encryption. No one -- not us, not a hacker, not the NSA -- no one but you can access your family's private moments.
Designed with your life in mind
We've seen connected devices. They're black, white, or grey plastic. They're cold, unforgiving, and just not very appealing.
Given the experience we are building, we needed something that was unlike anything seen before. We wanted a unique design aesthetic, something that could live among our favorite things, something made of meaningful materials. Something beautiful!
We brought in designer Elliott Koehler on the product design for Sense and we couldn't be more pleased with his warm and thoughtful design.
The gentle sloping design of Sense is a reflection of the founders' belief that human experiences, beautiful materials, and elegant design soften technology, welcoming it into your life more organically.
Elliott designed a product worthy of the Silk Labs name. We can't wait to see Sense living among us in your homes, making technology work the way we know it can!
Sense is indeed a beautiful design, but we haven't finished building it just yet! Our cosmetic sample is the final design but right now Sense is a mobile Smartphone board running our Silk software, which you can see below. Using facial recognition, the system recognizes two different people and instantly switches the LIFX lights and plays different music via Sonos.
NEW DEMO! One touch set-up
Silk Labs team members Andrea and Philipp demonstrate how simple it is to pair your smartphone to the Sense device. Through a one touch process, the Sense device can securely connect with your smartphone.
Silk is developer friendly
Silk was designed from the ground up to be extensible for developers like you. Developers have made millions of innovative apps that make smartphones more useful; with Silk you will have the tools to create apps that run locally on Sense to make your home much more intelligent and personal.
Silk is built by the same team that created Firefox OS, so we know how to build great platforms for developers. We understand the importance of simple tools and APIs that give power to developers without compromising user privacy. We know how to foster an ecosystem of developers, and we are excited to do this again with Silk (and Sense) for the home.
And when you are done with your app, just press a button to share with the community, or just your friends and family. We are excited to have you along for this journey and can’t wait to see what amazing new experiences you build using the Silk platform!
Order Sense today to get early access to the SDK. And, check out our developer information today!
Who is Silk Labs?
Founded by Andreas Gal, Chris Jones (both formerly of Mozilla) and Michael Vines (formerly of Qualcomm), Silk Labs' mission is to create thoughtful experiences with connected devices by enabling them to understand, respond to, and adapt to our daily human needs. Their creation, Silk, is the first platform for IoT that goes beyond being a “connected” or “smart” remote sensor system and aims to be intelligent, powerful, and secure via local application processing. Sense is the first product that runs Silk and will be available in late 2016.
We've started tooling, but now we need your help for engineering, design verification, user testing, and completion of the app and platform.
Stretch goal announced!
We've been reviewing your feedback and have selected our first stretch goal!
Our first stretch goal is.... Belkin WeMo integration.
At $200K we will build in support for Belkin WeMo. Have Sense make your WeMo products more responsive and more intelligent. Let's go!
Risks and challenges
This isn't the Silk Labs team's first rodeo. Led by Andeas Gal, the former CTO of Mozilla, Sense is being developed by the team that created Firefox OS and seasoned Qualcomm veterans.
The team is reducing risk by leveraging existing smartphone architecture and PCB designs. Thomas Ho (who led the HTC One M7 project) locates in Taipei, and has already started Sense tooling with our contract manufacturer.
The most difficult part of Sense is sourcing the body materials and finding a company who can deliver in a timely manner. Full grain wood is not a traditional material for consumer electronics. However, we are committed to the beautiful design.
We'll continue to work closely with the manufacturer and we expect that early devices will be available for private beta testing by summer. We'll keep you posted along the way with Silk demos, updates on manufacturing, and much more!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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