Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Hive - Smart home, security, and entertainment for everyone. project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Finally, a smart home that does what you want. Complete home security, automation and entertainment experience.

Finally, a smart home that does what you want. Complete home security, automation and entertainment experience. Read More
575
backers
$137,377
pledged of $100,000 goal

Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 14, 2015.

Share This Project
Hive
Project by

Hive

First created  |  10 backed

See full bio Contact me

About this project

The world's simplest and most secure smart home system for everyone.

Hive works wherever you live - in a small downtown apartment or a large country manor. It’s designed to completely simplify your connection to your home and protect everyone, and everything, inside it.

Automation  

Easily control your lights, locks, electronics, appliances and other connected devices from anywhere.

Security  

Have true peace of mind knowing what is happening at your home with our complete security alarm functionality and optional professional monitoring.

Entertainment  

Fill your home with music and entertainment with our revolutionary wireless smart home audio solution.

Hive Sound is the world's first smart speaker system for your home. It gives your home a voice. It notifies you of the things you care about and connects you with live help if there is ever a need. But most of the time you will be using it to jam to your favorites tunes.  

  • High Fidelity Sound: Finely tuned to provide rich high quality audio throughout your home.
  • Alerts & Notifications: Receive alerts and notifications of the things happening around you.
  • Two-Way Voice: Communication with emergency responders, if the need ever arises.
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: Wirelessly link one or more Hive Sound devices through your home.
  • Constant Power: Internal battery power allows Hive Sound to continue running even if your power goes out.

Simple Control

Control is simple. With the Hive App you are able to control each Hive Sound throughout your whole home. Control each one individually or pair them together and have rich whole home audio experience.

Google Cast Ready

Hive Sound pulls content directly from the cloud, so you’ll get the best audio quality and can freely multi-task on your phone, tablet, or laptop, all without straining the battery. These speakers work with a growing list of apps including Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, TuneIn, and many more.

  • The Brain: Multiple antennas to communicate with your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-wave, and Security devices.
  • Peace of Mind: Back up power supply and wireless communication to ensure the best possible protection in case of power or internet outages.
  • Design: Simple and elegant design encourages you to place the Hub anywhere in your home.
  • Plug and Play: Easy and hassle-free set up. Open the box and plug it in. Immediately begin customizing it to your needs.

 iOS & Android

TECH SPECS

Hive Hub

  • Dual core 1GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB Flash
  • Ethernet port
  • 3G modem for backup internet
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Z-Wave, 802.15.4 (for ZigBee or Thread)
  • Wireless transceiver for Honeywell security sensors 
  • Libre wireless audio module with Google Cast support
  • Backup Battery

Hive Sound

  • Plugs & secures into standard wall outlet
  • Two drivers and passive radiator for full sound
  • Microphone with noise cancellation
  • RGB LEDS for visual notifications
  • Libre wireless audio module
  • Backup Battery
  • FCC & ETL certified

COMMUNITY

We are extremely passionate about giving a voice to our customers. Business has changed and customers today have more information and say then ever before. That is why we are breaking down the walls that separate companies and customers to partner with our community in a whole new way. 

Hive is a community run company. We prove our commitment to community through profit sharing with our customers, no contracts, no monthly minimum purchase requirements and by asking the community to help us design and build all our products. 

Help up spread the buzz and get rewarded. For everyone you refer to Hive you will receive $5 as a thank you. Do that enough and you can get your system for free!

DEVELOPERS & MAKERS

We know that we can't do everything by ourselves. We are opening up our system to you so that you can get creative and let your inner developer take over.

OUR TEAM

We are a group of passionate people with bold and fresh ideas. We began with one clear purpose:  Create a home technology company that makes life simpler, safer, and more enjoyable. We do that by connecting people to everything and everyone they care about most.

Our team has immense experience in the smart home and security industries. This experience provides us with a lot of knowledge, but it also opens our eyes to frustration of the status quo. We set out to change security/home automation by creating products that are easy to use, beautifully designed, and affordable for all.  

Key Partners

EnlistedDesign.com

PhrameWorx.com

HaugenCreative.com

Bulogics.com

LibreWireless.com

 BACKER REWARDS

Risks and challenges

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
-Mark Zuckerberg

We understand that any endeavor worth taking is going to have its fair share of risks and challenges. That is why Hive makes every effort possible to marginalize these risks for our friends and supporters. Through tireless planning and intense examination of every business process we are striving to ensure we deliver our Hive solutions to you without delay.

A non-uniform standard of protocols in security and connected devices makes compatibility a challenge on many levels in regards to software and hardware. With that in mind we have comprised a team of industry specialist from home security to wireless products to help build an ecosystem which will allow these standards to coexist and work together.

When it comes to manufacturing, we understand the complexities regarding purchasing, shipping, supply, and storage of raw and manufactured materials used to build our products, any of which can cause delay. That is why we have chosen manufacturer's with proven and reliable track records who we feel confident will help us meet our fulfillment goals.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • That depends on your question! We are a team of dozens and we want to be precise, concise, and transparent in this process. Sometimes we (facepalm) that we didn't include your Q&A already because we all know the answer, and sometimes it's only one team member who can really reliably answer your question completely. So the answer is: Literally, as soon as humanly possible (without waking an engineer - most of the time)! We care like that!

    Last updated:
  • Ask and you shall receive! Our technology is "over the air" updatable and upgradable. We see things come into the market every day, and maybe in our heart and mind we just know they are practical "for a limited time only." That's not how we design tech. The devices you get from us are "over the air" updatable and upgradable, much like an update for your smartphone software. We don't want to end up in a landfill! And we want to be a part of your family beyond your kids going to college. It's what we do.

    Last updated:
  • This campaign will fund tooling and manufacturing. The NRE (non-recurring engineering) has already been funded. This product is based on the 11th generation of the BuLogics gateway and StratIS cloud platforms and the first one to include audio. BuLogics has several spinouts, like StratIS, currently active in the marketplace using their earlier gateways and has created hundreds of wireless products you already know and love. The speaker is based on a wireless platform by Hansong Technology and utilizes a Libre audio streaming module.

    Last updated:
  • We have "looks like" and "works like" prototypes and there is still integration taking place. We partnered with people and companies that are very experienced in making high volume production products for Fortune 500 companies (See Purpose of Funds above).

    Last updated:
  • The version of Hive Hub and Hive Sound for the KickStarter campaign will meet the plug, power, and frequency requirements of the United States and Canada. We have significant International experience and will be releasing versions for other countries after this initial launch. We have prepared the enclosure tooling and wireless transmitters for handling the power and frequency requirements for countries but will need to go through testing and certifications before releasing in those countries. Currently the next countries we will support are Brazil and Australia.

    Last updated:
  • Wireless encryption between the device and the hub varies greatly based on the end device as chosen by the user. With security sensors, Hive has partnered to make a new line of security sensors not yet on the market that use the same encryption standards used by wireless doorlocks. Encryption between the hub and the cloud is done using a self signed SSL certificate similar to that used by secure web servers along with unique credentials generated for each hub.

    Last updated:
  • While we would love to say that we support every device in the world, it is virtually impossible to do so and maintain a consistent and cohesive user experience. Based on 12 years of experience creating many of the Z-Wave and ZigBee devices on the market, the engineering team behind Hive is focused on creating the best user experience and supporting the functionality and devices most important to the Hive community. In the near future we will be sending out questionnaires to get feedback on what use cases and products our backers want to see supported.

    Last updated:
  • The Hive Sound in the pictured in the campaign is not the final version. After hearing the responses of our early Hive supporters we have chosen to add a pass-through plug to the design. This means that yes, it will take up both outlets but, you will still be able to use the outlet by plugging your device or power strip into the Hive Sound Speaker.

    Last updated:
  • The Hive App will be available on both iOS and Google Play on the day of the first delivery.

    Last updated:
  • We developed our Hive App to push Alerts and Notifications to your phone and/or tablet through the Application. Since alerts will be done through the Hive App all users logged in for a Hive Hub have the option to receive the alerts for that home.

    Last updated:
  • We’ve had preliminary and in depth discussions with Avantguard Monitoring to provide our alarm and central monitoring services. Our Service plan is month to month and will cost $50 a month. We can provide a keypad to customers who prefer to have a wall mounted interface for their security system, will also will have tablets available for purchase as well if the customer would like additional interface devices. We wanted to keep things simple by putting the interface on devices the customer already owned, but we are more than willing to accommodate the different needs of each customer.

    Last updated:
  • The GSM is available with the month to month monitoring service. Each Hive Hub will Hub the GSM already built in it but will not be activated until the monitoring subscription is paid for and goes live. The fee is included in the $50 monthly service fee.

    Last updated:
  • Hive will eventually develop and support many common IP cameras. Since we will not be able to support all on day one we will be looking to the Hive community to determine which ones will be supported first.

    Last updated:
  • While we are aware and excited about the many possibilities of a microphone in every room of your house we cannot deliver them all of them on day one. We are implementing the emergency services functionality first and then plan to move onto all the more exciting features they can do. The best news: Hive is uniquely capable of upgrading and updating devices "over the air." All devices purchased prior to these features will be updated the second these features become available!!

    Last updated:
  • Both Hive Hub and Hive Sound have RGB LEDs capable of making any color of the rainbow. These LEDs glow under Hive Hub and behind Hive Sound to "glow" off the wall.

    Last updated:
  • Because we know we can't do this alone. We reward those people that are spreading the BUZZ about Hive. You will receive $5 per backer you refer...and you will continue to receive $5/month if they subscribe to our optional monthly monitoring service....forever! Simply reply to the backer e-mail we send you with the name of person you referred.

    Last updated:

Rewards

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    THANK YOU! Every little bit helps. Seriously. We will list your name on our website and provide you with all of the Hive updates.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    24 backers
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $49 or more About $49 USD

    Wrist Watch - Show your support for Hive and receive a limited edition Hive Arvo watch made exclusively for Hive supporters. Your friends will be jealous!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    10 backers
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $99 or more About $99 USD

    1 Hive Hub or 1 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    100 backers
  4. All gone!

    Pledge $149 or more About $149 USD

    SUPER EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 1 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    All gone! 50 backers
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $199 or more About $199 USD

    EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 1 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 149 backers
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $249 or more About $249 USD

    1 Hive Hub + 1 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    19 backers
  7. All gone!

    Pledge $349 or more About $349 USD

    SUPER EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 3 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    All gone! 50 backers
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $399 or more About $399 USD

    EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 3 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 50 backers
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $449 or more About $449 USD

    1 Hive Hub + 3 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
  10. All gone!

    Pledge $499 or more About $499 USD

    SUPER EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 5 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    All gone! 50 backers
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $599 or more About $599 USD

    EARLY BIRD: 1 Hive Hub + 5 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 17 backers
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $649 or more About $649 USD

    1 Hive Hub + 5 Hive Sound + Hive App

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    LIMITED EDITION: 1 Hive Hub + 5 Hive Sound in a custom color to match your home, and engraved with 001 thru 025 serial number.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 6 backers
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000 USD

    Deer Valley Ski Trip with the Hive Team. Come spend a few days enjoying the greatest snow on earth for you and a guest. All Inclusive! Flights, Hotel, Food and everything else included. (international flights add $1000)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers

Funding period

- (46 days)