Increasingly, we want to be able to monitor our homes even when we’re not there. Maybe you’ve got a dog we want to keep an eye on, maybe you want to see if the maid really is rubbing her butt on everything you touch, maybe you’re the Jigsaw Killer, hey, we don’t judge. Well, maybe the serial killer thing. Anyway, you want to monitor your digs… and Piper might just be the most effective way of doing so.
Piper starts with an onboard ARM processor and Linux operating system. That gives it more flexibility, and hackability than other home monitoring solutions, and means it can work with both iOS and Android devices. The centerpiece of the system, though, is the abundant number of sensors crammed into it.
First off, there’s the camera. It’s not only full HD, it comes with a 180-degree fisheye lens. Which means that while the image will be distorted, you also get a much wider field of view than with many home monitoring solutions, which pretty much just slap a conventional lens on there and tell you to aim carefully. There’s also a 105 Db siren you can trigger, which will drive away pretty much anybody you don’t want on the premises.
Beyond that, though, it’s prepared for pretty much any situation. Realistically, your home is probably not going to be robbed; property crimes, although common, are pretty rare. It’s a lot more likely that, say, your house will burn down, so Piper has a temperature sensor. If you just like constant data, you can also use the humidity sensor and accelerometer.
So, how much will this little home-monitoring wonder cost you? Currently, the IndieGoGo being run for the project lets you pre-order it for $209, but don’t expect that to last; this is a surprisingly popular product and has raised most of its goal.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.