About this project
Angee gives you a full 360° view of your home — with voice recognition, at-the-door identification, motion-detecting rotation, advanced learning, cordless portability, and a number of additional features, all without any subscription fees. Angee is a welcome addition to any space.
Home is where we keep everything precious to us. But existing security systems are not smart, and are frustrating to use. Angee combines complex technology and beautiful design in an intelligent system that’s personalized, completely automated and incredibly easy to use.
Home security is a necessity, but it doesn't have to be a burden. Even when you are home, Angee's got you covered. Record and stream videos, check your calendar — it's voice controlled and very clever.
Whether it's for your smartphone, iPad or your smart watch we have designed the mobile experience to be the perfect natural extension of the experience you have using Angee. Connect to your home from anywhere and instantly understand what’s going on there.
Angee arms and disarms based on your proximity through a two-step authentication process of phone and voice recognition. No need to enter a code every time you enter or leave your home.
Putting trained guards at all your windows and doors would be foolproof, but not very convenient. The entrances and exits of your home are the most important places to monitor, and that’s why Angee is the world’s first smart security system with complete perimeter security. Just stick security tags on doors and windows and Angee will know exactly who comes and goes.
Angee's built-in battery enables it to sustain power in case of an outage. You'll receive a notification if the power goes out and Angee will continue monitoring. If your WiFi goes offline, Angee will notify you and continue to record any activity at home, saving the footage to its local storage.
With Angee you can easily set up to four 'activity zones' which Angee can keep watch over specifically. Angee can keep an eye on your back door, work station, or any other area, and alert you if anyone trespasses in these zones.
Angee tells you what’s happening at home via a streamlined mobile app. You’ll receive an instant notification if something out of the ordinary happens, and you can also use the app to connect with Angee remotely to see what it sees.
Privacy is the flip-side of security. Who wants to be on camera all the time? Angee gets that. So it will turn away whenever you ask, whether you’re having a romantic moment or you just need some privacy. Or you can set it not to record you, and only film people it doesn't recognize. Angee monitors when and how you want it to.
You talk – Angee listens. Angee can understand what you say and who you are. To give you the second step of authentication, set a voice password so that Angee can identify you. You can use your voice as a backup when your phone is dead. Angee is customizable and it's up to you what level of security you choose.
A cool side effect of voice recognition is that all of its intelligent functionality is voice-controlled, so it gives you hands free communication, access to your favourite online services, and more. Angee also recognizes the voices of you and your family, so it will always personalize and contextualize its response.
Offering an optimal balance of security and convenience, Angee is great for home-owners, renters, travellers, small business owners, Airbnb-hosts, or anyone else in search of a little peace of mind.
The security element is paramount, but Angee does much more. Angee is a way to connect to your home, and to give you additional freedom and comfort when you’re there.
It can double as a personal assistant by recording those all-too-often missed moments, answering your phone calls, or checking your calendar. It can even remind you to close your windows if rain is in the forecast – all on voice command.
Angee is a great way to access your living room or your kids' playroom. If you're wondering what's going on at the office, or you want to see if your parents are okay, simply check on the units there with the mobile app. With multiple Angees you can access and communicate with several locations, getting real-time information. It's instant and amazing.
Angee uses smart triggers to detect and record events that matter, so you don't have to waste storage of uneventful video footage. On top of this, we provide 1GB of free cloud storage – no monthly fees required!
Our system is autonomous. This is important because the only way to effectively secure your home is to eliminate human interaction, namely arming and disarming the system manually.
To make a system truly autonomous—a feat only we have achieved—requires making it work reliably. It all comes down to the ability of the system to sense human presence at home, no matter what room you're in, at all times, and under all circumstances.
While other systems use only the main device to sense human presence, we use a combination multiple devices. Angee uses security tags to monitor the area effectively. The tags are placed at all entry points to your home and are a combination of motion and proximity sensors. They can detect when someone has entered or exited the area as well as create a network sensing the proximity of nearby phones more reliably than a single device ever could. As a result — Angee will always know who is at home.
To help evaluate what's going on at home and whether there is a potential threat, Angee uses a combination of parameters, including entry and exit patterns, changes in the background noise, and voice differentiation, all while monitoring motion and background noise to identify and record any suspicious activity. Moreover, with Angee you can also easily set up to four activity zones in Angee's sight. Angee will keep an eye on and alert you when these zones are trespassed. Angee is very easy to use—in fact it's seamless—it just works.
Angee has been built with data protection best practices in mind. Angee core developers are experienced with real-time embedded software development. We are striving to develop high quality software by internally following similarly strict revision rules as they are used in the top open-source projects (i.e. Linux kernel).
Combining electronic and mechanical design as we developed Angee, we were confronted with paradoxes and contradictory demands on functionality. We set our goal clearly: To overcome these challenges without compromising the experience we envisioned, making the form substantial and the design compelling.
To build such an advanced system with great user experience, we often had to pioneer and innovate our way through. And the result? Form meets the desired function completely. You can read more about the challenges on our blog.
We will have an open REST API so other developers and enthusiasts can integrate Angee into their applications and solutions. IFTTT platform support will be also available to everyone.
"This crowdfunding project is probably the most impressive home security product I have reviewed, to date." - indiegogo
"Angee automated home security system doubles as a personal assistant." - gizmag
"Angee is freaking awesome..." - securitygem
"A new kind of home security. Smart, voice controlled and autonomous." - Robert Siciliano
"The idea of the Echo's capabilities packed into a rotating security cam is quite appealing” - CNET.com
Everyone can live an easier life with the right technology, but it doesn't have to be distracting. It should be powerful, but subtle. Angee is a project we believe has the potential to enhance our lives by changing the way we interact with our homes.
We make products for everyone, so we listen to everyone. By listening to the community, we are constantly improving our product and meeting people’s needs. We are on the forefront of technological innovation, but more importantly we are on the forefront of your experience with technology.
"In the future, smart hardware and technologies will be omnipresent. They will be easy to use ￼￼￼and perfectly integrated into our environment. These systems will understand and predict ￼￼￼what we need, saving us time and energy, and making our lives easier and more productive. ￼￼￼Angee is a big step toward this future”. Tomas Turek, CEO and Co-Founder
It’s the 21st century, yet securing our homes is still a frustrating experience.
What started with the curiosity of the founder soon developed into the relentless passion of our talented programmers and designers. We all came together 18 months ago to develop a better way to protect our homes.
We started by learning from people's experience with early versions of smart security systems. As a tech-first company, we are now coming to Kickstarter with home security which is one step ahead of the competition. Our team is inspired to make the smartest home security system ever; useful, convenient, and tailored to each individual’s needs.
After the initial phase of analysing the problem and the available solutions, we experimented extensively, creating prototypes to test individual aspects of our solution. We have gathered the necessary expertise, but soon realized that to scale, we needed both capital and serial production experience.
To make up for what we lacked, we partnered with a well-established hardware company who had offered to help. We made our first prototype in just four months and it exceeded everyone's expectations, except ours. After this very short and intensive sprint, the big company offered to buy us. We decided to stay independent and invest our own money to pursue our vision of a smarter technology for a simpler life.
Learning from our mistakes, we re-imagined the whole concept of our product, starting with the original idea and applying all our hard-earned knowledge. Our willingness and ability to sacrifice everything we had done up to that point then start from scratch was the single best decision that has enabled us to create such a remarkable product.
Now our second prototype is ready, and we are excited to introduce it to the world.
As a hardware start-up we have created an excellent functional prototype, but to scale to serial production we need your help.
Essentially there are three reasons why we are going to Kickstarter.
- Validate our product concept: Autonomous, intelligent, communicative home security, which goes beyond just making your home safe to make your life more convenient.
- Bolster a passionate community that enables us to improve our products and keep satisfying the real needs of people.
- Create a brand whose mission is to make technology more functional, but less distracting in our everyday lives
”Great people are driven toward great things, The Angee project has attracted the best and most insane young talents. Together we are creating a beautiful, intuitive product people will love.“ - Rosta, Our CTO
For more details read our blog.
The money we are asking will go primarily into the tooling and fixtures for serial production. Additionally some of the proceeds will go toward regulatory certification and pilot production.
After successful Kickstarter funding we will take our final version of the prototype and fine-tune it into pre-production shape. This includes primarily software tuning where we are integrating a couple really advanced technologies and we want the experience to be really smooth. Importantly, we will be working on the certification process and also on tooling for serial production.
Risks and challenges
In this project, a greater-than-usual amount of time was spent in the R&D stage, but given the innovation we are pushing, this was both exhilarating and required.
With numerous prototypes and experiments leading to constant optimizations, we have continually improved our design for manufacturing, the system infrastructure and the software solutions to make it all smoothly fit together. Consequently we have a very solid plan and a good understanding of the challenges lying ahead of us. Our passion for making Angee exceptional has accelerated our learning enormously.
Together with Dragon Innovation and other field experts we have gone through technological due diligence to have an even better understanding of the process that will follow and to make sure we are able to produce Angee and deliver it to your door on time.
First thing after Kickstarter, we are heading to China to meet possible Contract Manufacturers and consequently to prepare a solid production plan. We have a strong team, however unexpected component delays and shortages can occur. If this happens, you will be the first to know and we will work hard to quickly solve the problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With Angee there are no monthly fees required! With the smart triggers and video loop, Angee intelligently records any suspicious activity —no need to record hours of irrelevant footage. That said, subscription plans are available if you wish to use optional extra services like archiving video footage in the cloud.
Our approach to security is much more thorough. We can secure all entry points and use advanced proximity sensing to detect nearby phones. This makes Angee more automated, and more reliable. Also, Angee gives you a full 360° view in your home. With all of its functionality controlled by your voice. Angee has automatic rotation to follow motion. Angee is portable --so you can take it anywhere! Finally, Angee gives you access to useful internet services like voice calls or web searches to make it easier than ever before to use the wealth of services available on the internet... Angee is not just a home security system, it's an intelligent robot!
It has never been simpler: unpack, pair up, stick security tags and you’re set. It’s the pairing up we are very proud of. It will take 30 seconds altogether —promise.
Can I use multiple Angees in different locations (e.g. home/office) and access them all from my app?
Absolutely! We've created Angee so that multiple devices can be used instantly from the same app. You can even set it up at your office or a family member’s home and access it any time.
For a smaller home Angee + a sensor to cover the main door is often enough to give you fully automated full perimeter security + all the extra features. For a larger home, we recommend purchasing the 3-pack so that you are able to monitor multiple locations at once. Please consider that for use in houses where wall material/thickness may be problematic for wireless signal, more units, or more security tags are recommended to cover the area well.
Angee has a 3600mAh li-ion battery, which should provide up to 8 hours battery life streaming/recording live video!
We are incredibly diligent in protecting both static data (inside Angee), and dynamic data (communication over the internet). We encrypt not only the communication between Angee and the cloud, but also the data when it is stored in the cloud. The encryption we use is SSL, the same standard as banks or the military. Angee itself is securely connected to only your device via bluetooth pairing. If the power is cut, Angee will continue to function, being able to detect intrusion and record video. If connection with Angee is lost, you will be notified by our server.
We are thinking about enabling people to personalize Angee with various covers. Stay tuned after the campaign :)
Currently Angee only supports English. If we reach our stretch goal we will also include Spanish, French and German. We will certainly add more language support if possible after the kickstarter campaign.
Angee has on-board storage which can hold about 1 hour of HD quality video (more if video is set to lower quality). For storage of video online, we will be using Amazon Web Services as secure cloud storage. Of course, you can simply stream video to your smartphone or computer for free any time!
Angee does not raise the alarm based on movement or noise alone. Angee creates a geofence for your house with the help of the security tags, which assesses whether someone has entered the property. However, you can set Angee to detect / react when your pet goes somewhere it shouldn't.
Angee is portable, with 8 hours battery life, so it’s great for using outdoors to monitor your kids or your pets, stream parties, sports events, anything really! But not permanently —the first version of Angee is not waterproof!
Angee can be set to automatically detect when you are home, and not only can it deactivate the camera, but it can turn to face the wall. When you leave your home, Angee switches to armed mode and will be alert and ready to detect anything out of the ordinary.
Angee is compatible with typical micro USB cables (like most smartphones), we don’t want to use a proprietary cable, because we know how annoying/expensive it can be to replace cables.
Using boosted Bluetooth technology, Angee is intended for use in smaller homes/apartments. However, it is possible to create a network using multiple devices and security tags to cover a larger home securely. Tests show perfect function in open space over 100 feet (30m).
Absolutely! We will be developing it for both operating systems simultaneously, and you can access Angee through a web browser interface too!
We will make additional security tags available from our website when Angee is released. These will be able to be ordered in advance for backers, so we can ship them along with your current backing reward!
This is a feature we would love to add. It may not be possible, but we are looking into it! Stay tuned for updates.
In open space our boosted bluetooth technology has a good signal at 100ft (30m). For larger houses, or houses where thick walls may be a problem, we recommend considering the backing tiers with multiple Angee units to form a network.
Upon detecting an abnormal situation, Angee will send a notification to your smartphone giving you the option of viewing information about what is happening, or calling the relevant authorities.
We are considering a monitored/automated response to intrusions in the future, but currently they are not very appealing as typical response time is longer than the duration of a burglary anyway. A key benefit of Angee is collecting information about potential intruders, and acting as a deterrent.
The first version of Angee is not intended to be attached to the wall or the ceiling, but it is a feature we would love to add for future versions.
Potentially you can custom mount Angee (securely) wherever you want, but heat will not dissipate so efficiently if Angee is not upright, so we cannot recommend it at this point, as it requires more testing to ensure it would work reliably in such a scenario.
The development team (see the team section further up the page) is mostly from Prague, forming the core of an international team. The company was founded in the Czech Republic, but we are shifting our presence to North America as we feel it has the strongest customer base for tech products. Our new office is in San Francisco, and the company (Angee Inc.) is registered in the USA.
Angee keeps persistent connection with the Cloud through the Internet (like a heartbeat signal). When this connection is interrupted, you are immediately alerted. You can imagine this as constantly asking the device "are you there?", as soon as there is no answer from the device, we know it is off-line. Moreover – Angee is the only system (compared to the main competitors – Piper, Nest, Canary) that monitors when the power is out. It not only has a built-in battery to continue operating but also 1.5GB of internal storage to store the video -- i.e. Piper has the battery but no local storage.
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