Angee – An Independent Home SecurityBy - 03/01/2016
What’s your idea of an independent home security system? Something that you can control using your smartphone? That’s the kind of security system many companies promise nowadays. But that’s not really independent, is it? Meet Angee.
Angee is a home security system packed inside a cylinder case that looks very much like Amazon Echo and LG’s SmartThinQ hub. However, Angee is different because it is not just a smart home controller nor a hub. Instead, it claims to be an all-in-one autonomous home security system that can make decisions, almost as if it has its own mind.
Angee home security was originally posted on Kickstarter, asking for backers to help fund its production. 1,512 backers and 60 days later, it’s successful. Angee will be shipped to their backers in October of this year. But, you can still pre-order Angee for as low as $309 before it retails for $429. Ready to see what Angee can do?
Angee Arms/Disarms Itself
The Angee system can independently arm and disarm itself. Why would you need such a feature? Well, your security is vital, yet it doesn’t have to be a burden. There may be times when arming your system before you leave is too much to do. Like when you’re running late for a meeting with your boss…again. Or when you simply forget…again. Also, it provides peace of mind.
Angee uses a two-step authentication process so it can arm or disarm itself. First, it recognizes your smartphone. What about your housemates? Introduce them by pairing their smartphone to Angee and it’ll recognize them, too. Using this process, Angee knows who is in the house. The Angee home security system arms itsself when the last person leaves and disarms itself when someone arrives. Second, it recognizes your voice. You can use this authentication process in case your phone is dead. Simply say your voice password and Angee recognizes you. And don’t worry about your neighbor hearing your voice password. Angee only responds to your voice.
Angee Protects Your Home
Your home security is Angee’s top priority. It is built to be always on the lookout for bad guys, and it uses a set of sensors and features to do that.
One of its primary features is a home security camera. Most security cameras use a wide-angle field of view to capture greater space. That’s cool. But Angee, rotates 360⁰. It uses noise sensors and 6 PIR motion sensors to look for motion in the area and will automatically track any action. To make the technology even more intelligent, you can create detection zones to monitor only the areas you want.
Angee is also friends with Security Tags. Security Tags are round devices that stick to doors and windows, much like entry sensors. These Tags detect opening/closing movements and send signal to Angee. Angee then finds out if it knows who walked in using smartphone and voice recognition. If it doesn’t, it quickly notifies you.
Angee has a 10-hour backup battery so it still works even when power is out. And it has 1.5GB built-in local storage to keep recording when disconnected from your Wi-Fi.
Angee—Beyond Just Security
Security may be Angee’s top priority, but it is built to do much more.
Monitor Your In-Home Air Quality
Thanks to a stretch goal, Angee is now able to monitor your home’s temperature and humidity.
“Having reached $300,000, we will be including temperature and humidity sensors in Angee. Not only useful for you, it also informs Angee on how to best interact with other smart home systems, like automatically adjusting the thermostat.”
Will Angee be able to control other smart home devices? That seems to be where they’re headed. They’ve already started partnering with other companies to add more features. The first is a partnership with Skreens which allows you to view display from 4 HDMI sources simultaneously, including Angee’s video feed. They’ve also followed-through by partnering with Philips Hue, Honeywell (Smart Thermostats), and Belkin WeMo.
Angee Is A Voice Assistant
Angee listens to you. I’ve already mentioned its ability to recognize you through your voice. But there’s a more clever use for this feature — voice control = hands-free communication. Just tell Angee what you want it to do, and she’ll do it.
”Remind me to close all the windows when the weather forecast says it’s raining.”
Angee will be able to access your personal calendar, email, and web services and give you personalized alerts and notifications — very similar to Amazon Echo, but with some extra intelligence. Because Angee has voice recognition, it is able to contextualize its response based upon what you’ve previously done. Say, if you usually go for an UberX, but your roommate’s a Black Car kind of guy, you don’t have to be specific with Angee. Simply ask for an Uber and she will call for an UberX.
Oh and finally, Angee will be able speak and understand English, French, Spanish, and German.
Angee Respects Your Privacy
Angee knows you have a life and you don’t always want to be on camera. With that in mind, the team behind Angee included a unique privacy feature that turns the camera off once you’re home. It will not only deactivate, it will also physically turn to assure you that privacy mode is activated.
Angee For Communication
If you’ve ever wanted to say something to your family, but can’t because no one’s home, use Angee. Tell Angee what you want to say to your family and Angee sends notifications to them using the included mobile app.
You can even use Angee for hands-free communication. It has a two-way talk feature that lets you speak to your family in real-time. And as it is a camera, two-way chat becomes two-way video chat.
Angee On Your Phone
Angee’s app will soon be available to iOS and Android users.
The app handles … well … everything. You will use it to set the security level you want, your voice passwords, motion zones, set privacy settings, and other options. The app is also where you will receive notifications. It notifies you when a door is open and will tell you who opened it. It will tell you when motion is detected, when Angee is disconnected from power or Wi-Fi, when it is armed/disarmed, and everything you want to know. The app is also where you can stream your videos live and activate two-way talk.
Do you need monthly subscription? Not necessarily. You have access to all of these features even without a subscription. However, you have the option to subscribe to cloud storage powered by Amazon Web Services if you are planning to record videos exceeding the 1.5GB local storage limit.
What’s Angee Again?
Angee is a lot of things, so let’s break it down.
- Camera that automatically rotates 360⁰
- Records in FHD (1080p) at 30fps
- 6 PIR Motion Sensors
- Noise Sensor
- Security Tags that monitor entry and exit
- Auto arm/disarm when you leave and arrive
- Smartphone and voice recognition for authentication
- 10-hour backup battery
- 1.5GB local storage
- Optional cloud recording
- Voice Assistant
- Voice control in English, French, Spanish, and German
- Real-time voice and video communication chat
- Stream and record moments
- iOS and Android
- Free Live Streaming
- Access videos in the cloud (requires subscription)
- Set security features (e.g. voice password, smartphone profiles, detection zones, etc.)
- Real-time notifications
- Use two-way voice
Final Say On Angee
Angee has almost nailed the self-monitored security game. They’ve included almost everything.
Even though the campaign is over and Angee has been successfully backed, there are still risks. Will the team working on Angee be able to deliver it on time? Will it be as good as promised? If you’re willing to take the risk, head here and pre-order Angee for as low as $312. After early bird specials end, the anticipated retail price of Angee is $429 which includes the main camera device and one tag. The team is estimating that they will be able to ship the camera in October of 2016.
3/1/2016 added compatibility with Hue, Honeywell, and Belkin