Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 14, 2015.
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 14, 2015.
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.
Easily control your lights, locks, electronics, appliances and other connected devices from anywhere.
Have true peace of mind knowing what is happening at your home with our complete security alarm functionality and optional professional monitoring.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hive App will be available on both iOS and Google Play on the day of the first delivery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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