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Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Money for Wavepod Technologies’ Smart Wi-Fi Device that Connects Home Security Devices

28 Jun

Homsecure is designed to connect existing home alarm systems and send alerts to a user’s smartphone while they’re away

By Robert HoskinsCrowdfunding PR

Dublin, California – After launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter less than a month ago, Wavepod Technologies now offers Homsecure, a smart device allows users to upgrade their home security systems using smart technology at a more affordable price than competitors. Homsecure allows users to stay more connected with the status of their home, and requires very little setup.

Homsecure is a smart WiFi device that connects your existing home alarms and provides alerts on your phone when you are away

Homsecure is a smart WiFi device that connects your existing home alarms and provides alerts on your phone when you are away

“Our friends and family are already using Homsecure, all with great results!” said Sundeep Chauhan, CEO of Homsecure. “In the process, we have established partnerships locally and abroad to enable us to successfully manufacture Homsecure.”

Having a secure and safe home is invaluable. Homsecure creates an added sense of security using smart technology and notifying owners when something goes wrong. Not only will consumers feel more at ease about the status of their home when they are away, but Homsecure also works seamlessly with existing alarms. This means installation is easy and allows for all of the benefits of smart technology, without the need to replace the entire system.

Integrating pre-existing alarms ensures that Homsecure is fully equipped to keep a user’s home safe while also maintaining assurance. Leaving the home can be hard for certain people. This device is able to give homeowners peace of mind. Additionally, in case of power outages, internet connection issues, or tampering, Homsecure is computerized to send notifications immediately.

Cheaper than other alternatives currently on the market, Homsecure only requires one device to fully function throughout the entire home. Companies like ADT charge hundreds of dollars a year for the same capabilities that Wavepod Technologies has created through this device.

The team has been working extremely hard to ensure Homsecure is not only a concept, but an actual product. Wavepod Technologies has already developed both an iOS and an Android app, a cloud platform on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and successfully manufactured the final design prototype. In the process, they have established partnerships locally and abroad to enable them to successfully manufacture Homsecure.

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Campers, Hikers, Skiers, Kayakers, Spring Breakers and Emergency First Responders Get Cool New Wireless @Beartooth Gadgets that Allow Tactical Communications Where There is No Wi-Fi or Android/iPhone Cell Towers

22 Feb

The New Off Grid  Beartooth Communication  System is Now Offering Crowdfunding Supporters a Special 30-Day Pre-Order 40% Discount via the Beartooth.com Website

By Robert Hoskins

Bozeman, Montana – The new wireless communication system is perfect fit for large groups of people traveling through the wilderness, ski resorts, spring break parties, concerts, etc. that want a way to stay in touch where there is no Wi-Fi or cell phone coverage due to congested networks or natural disasters. The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and GPS location services.

The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and location services

The small Beartooth communicator connects via Bluetooth to Android and Apple iPhones for text, voice messaging and location services

The unit has its own sub-1 GHz antennas that can connect group members with each other or anyone that is a mutual friend in the Beartooth social network.  With Beartooth, users can talk, text, and find friends on a map, all without cell service or Wi-Fi. Beartooth, which is slightly larger than a deck of cards, pulls double-duty as a backup battery for your smartphone.

Beartooth is now accepting 40% discounted pre-orders for their off-grid communication device, ensuring that you will always stay connected to group members and mutual friends around them. For example, anyone from a college or high school campus could use the Beartooth communicator to locate, call or text mutual friends at a ski resort or on a spring break trip.  The same would be true for police, fireman and emergency first responder teams descending on a natural disaster scene. Communication and location would be instantaneous.

Unlike traditional handheld radios that are cumbersome and difficult to use, Beartooth pairs with your smartphone to quickly and simply connect with other Beartooth users in range. No need to worry about confusing channel settings, radio protocols, and button sequences. All of Beartooth’s powerful functionality is available at the touch of a finger in a format easily recognizable to the user. Download the app, pair the device, and go explore.

“Beartooth was born in Bozeman at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. Company cofounder, Kevin Ames, and I were separated with no service,” said Michael Monaghan, Beartooth CEO and cofounder. “After several hours we finally re-connected and promptly started working on a solution. Kevin is a former smokejumper and radio communications operator who spent his career working in environments with no cellular or Wi-Fi service. It was natural to enable the smartphone carried daily to communicate off grid.”

Whether you are skiing fresh powder in the backcountry or dancing at Coachella, you can now reliably stay in contact with your group in ways that were previously unavailable. During the limited 30-day pre-order campaign, Beartooth is available for $249 per pair, 40% off the MSRP of $399.

Beartooth communicator specifications:

  • 2.44in x 4.0in x 0.49in
  • 4.5oz
  • 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery
  • USB Type-C charge port
  • Sub-1GHz license free bands
  • Works with iOS and Android Phones
  • Average range of two miles

Beartooth communicator features:

  • Individual and group push-to-talk voice
  • Individual and group text messaging
  • Automatic or on-demand GPS location sharing
  • Offline maps: High quality 24k topographic and street maps
  • Battery backup: Recharge your smartphone

Beartooth will start shipping to US customers late 2016. Pre-orders can be placed at www.beartooth.com.

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iControl Networks Acquires Piper, a Wi-Fi -enabled, Z-Wave Standard All-in-One Home Awareness and Security Management Solution

16 Apr

Piper, the Compact, All-in-One Home Awareness and Management Device Now Enables Live Interaction and Integrated Security Functionality for a Total Home View

By Robert Hoskins

Ottawa, Ontario – iControl Networks, a leader in connected home technology and innovation, announced the availability of two enhancements to the Piper all-in-one home awareness and management device: two-way audio and multi-Piper capability, which provides the ability to support more than one unit and create multiple security zones.

Piper, the Compact, All-in-One Home Awareness and Management Device Now Enables Live Interaction and Integrated Security Functionality for a Total Home View

Piper, the Compact, All-in-One Home Awareness and Management Device Now Enables Live Interaction and Integrated Security Functionality for a Total Home View

Piper, the compact, Wi-Fi-enabled, all-in-one home awareness and management device that launched general availability in North America in late January 2014 and was recently acquired by iControl Networks, enables users to seamlessly monitor what’s important in their life from their mobile device, all without service contracts or fees.

With multi-Piper capability, users will be able to create independent security zones using up to five Pipers within their homes. Each Piper operates as an independent sentinel and joins together to form an integrated security network. Seamless Z-Wave integration allows for complete home awareness and automation control. Shared environmental and motion sensor data, camera views and recorded videos provide the ability to track changes and movement through each zone.

Simple to use, two-way audio provides users with the ability to directly interact via Piper app’s camera view with occupants, elderly parents, children and even pets.

“The ability to simply and easily interact with and secure your entire home — not just one room — when you’re away has been a priority of ours since we first developed Piper,” said Russell Ure, creator of Piper and Executive Vice President and GM of iControl’s Canadian business unit. “We’re excited to offer an enhanced experience to our current and future customers.”

Piper has been recognized for its excellence in innovative design and engineering and originally debuted its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in August 2013, where it successfully tripled its funding efforts. Allowing users to easily monitor, secure and interact with their homes through Z-Wave home automation accessories, Piper continues to receive support and praise from homeowners, apartment renters, parents, pet owners and design enthusiasts alike.

Piper features include:

  • Security – Customize three security modes (home, away and vacation), motion detector and piercing, 105-decibel siren.
  • Automation – Integrate Z-Wave accessories into Piper’s security modes, control them remotely, on a schedule, or using environmental data.
  • HD Panoramic camera – 180° fisheye lens, electronic pan, tilt, and zoom, 1080p camera sensor.
  • Customized alerts – Phone call, text message, email and push notifications to alert users and their trusted circle when security rules are triggered.
  • Environmental sensors – Monitor and control home temperature, humidity, ambient light and sound.
  • Elegant design – Simple, intuitive app. Compact, two-toned form with brushed metal legs.
  • Smart hardware – ARM processor, battery backup, internal memory for video storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
  • Free cloud storage – Cloud infrastructure provides Piper a place to store event videos, send various types of notifications and perform additional login/connection negotiation.
  • Android & iOS support – Available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
  • NEW Two-way audio – Talk directly to occupants through Piper and app on mobile device.

Two-way audio and multi-Piper capability will be available as a free firmware and software update. The Piper House Kit, which comes with three units in either black or white, can be purchased at http://store.getpiper.com for $649 USD. Piper can also be purchased by itself for $239 or bundled with Z-Wave home automation accessories such as smart switches and door/window sensors that allow consumers to control their homes remotely, ranging from $359 to $849 USD.

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Skydog Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Allows Home Wi-Fi Business to Expand Operations

13 May

By Robert Hoskins

PowerCloud Systems announced that Skydog reached its $75,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, and will now extend its home network offering to larger homes and small businesses. Skydog is a Wi-Fi router and mobile companion app that brings a user-friendly approach and innovative management functionality to home networking.  With one week left to raise post-goal funds, PowerCloud Systems has unveiled two new offers available via Kickstarter: a Skydog Wi-Fi Range Extender Kit, ideal for large homes and small businesses, and a Multi-Dwelling Skydog Four-Pack, for those who want to manage multiple networks, such as adult parents’ homes, on a single account.

The Power of the Skydog's Cloud Delivers Wi-Fi to Your Wireless Mobile Users

The Power of the Skydog’s Cloud Delivers Wi-Fi to Your Wireless Mobile Users

Both new offers were created in response to requests and feedback from Kickstarter backers to broaden the reach of Skydog’s unique network visibility and control features.  The extender kit will allow users to cover up to 6,000 square feet with wireless internet access and all of Skydog’s control and management functionality.  This range comfortably covers large houses and many small business, such as restaurants and professional offices, where the ability to offer firewalled Wi-Fi access to customers, clients or patients is increasingly important.

The Skydog router four-pack enables simple, single-account management for multiple networks and locations, such as a second home, vacation cabin, or parent’s home across the country. The Skydog Wi-Fi Range Extender Kit is available for a pledge of $299, while a four pack of Skydog routers is available for pledges of $399 or more.

“We were thrilled to have reached our funding goal so quickly because it proved that Skydog addresses an unmet need for simple visibility and control of personal Wi-Fi networks,” said Jeff Abramowitz , founder and CEO of PowerCloud Systems. “We are very grateful to our backers and look forward to getting Skydog into their homes. With our new offers, we can better serve those with larger homes and multiple dwellings, as well as provide an easy-to-use solution for small businesses.”

The proliferation of connected devices in homes and small businesses is creating a complexity challenge for anyone responsible for managing a network. PowerCloud Systems, with its extensive experience providing Networking-as-a-Service to the enterprise, has the expertise and, with the success of Skydog’s Kickstarter campaign, the consumer validation to disrupt the home, and now small business, networking space.

The Skydog solution represents a new era in network management, enabling users in households and small businesses to improve their connected experiences. The solution gives real-time visibility to network administrators, who can monitor their network in terms of which users and specific devices are connected to it, for how long, and for what purposes. With Skydog, heads of households can even manage broadband usage by setting up zones which place bandwidth priority on certain functions, like the home office during the day and streaming video at night. Furthermore, all of this can be done anytime and anywhere via the Skydog mobile companion, an HTML5 app that works on any smartphone or tablet.

PowerCloud Systems is a leader and industry pioneer for cloud-powered wireless networking. The company’s patented and award-winning CloudCommand™ technology was invented at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and makes deploying and monitoring Wi-Fi networks and services easy for businesses with mobile customers. The CloudCommand platform is deployed worldwide in hotels, schools, retail chains, managed care facilities and other businesses seeking truly affordable, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi. Investors include PARC, Qualcomm Ventures, Javelin Venture Partners and Walden Venture Capital.

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The iSmartAlarm Home Security System Closes Crowdfunding Campaign at 450% of Goal on Indiegogo

27 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

iSmart Alarm, Inc. has announced the completion of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, reaching their goal of $50,000 in under 3 weeks, and ending the campaign on April 1 at over 450% of the goal.  The fundraising campaign set an important precedent for the crowdfunding industry by launching at one of America’s largest computer trade shows.

The iSmartAlarm home automation devices makes a great solution for millions of renters and homeowners

The iSmartAlarm home automation devices makes a great solution for millions of renters and homeowners

In closing with over $226,000 raised by 1,600 contributors and customers, the iSmartAlarm Home Security System is the 7th most funded technology project in the history of Indiegogo. Manufacturing and assemblage is being completed, and the system is projected to begin shipping at the end of May.

During the campaign, as “Perks” for different levels of contribution, iSmart Alarm, Inc. offered different packages of their home security system, ranging from a dorm or studio to a large house. Contributors could also purchase the devices a la carte as well, and the CubeOne CPU understands and adds them to the network. The system communicates with the user’s smartphone, giving unprecedented access to monitoring, system control, and statistics to increase the safety of home, property, and family.

“The Indiegogo campaign was a great adventure, and we were able to pre-sale to hundreds of families and individuals that are in need of home security but don’t want to pay monthly fees or be locked into contracts. Our goal is to make the iSmartAlarm home security system affordable and available to every family,” said Raymond Meng, Co-Founder and CEO. “We were also able to interact with our customers and fans, evolve our current products to match their needs, and tailor our roadmap to more home automation and smart home devices for the future.”

Now accepting orders on the iSmartAlarm.com eCommerce platform, consumers will be able to purchase packages including motion sensors, door and window sensors, home remote controls and panic alarms, the streaming and pan-tilt iCamera (controllable at any time, from anywhere, from the user’s smartphone), as well as individual devices a la carte. As new devices such as home light control, thermostat control, glass breakage sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide sensors and water leak detectors are added, the user’s system will automatically update to include the new devices.

The idea behind the iSmartAlarm system first began when Steve Jobs’ home was broken into in mid-2012 while under construction, and over $60,000 worth of Apple products and personal belongings were stolen. The iSmartAlarm system integrates with the free iPhone App to allow the user to remotely arm, disarm, and monitor their security system from anywhere, at any time.

iSmartAlarm puts a 21st century spin on traditional security systems. The sleek, sophisticated system utilizes the iPhone to put home security and home control in the palm of its users’ hands. The iSmartAlarm home security system is portable, wireless and requires no contracts or monthly fees. In addition to keeping homes protected, iSmartAlarm has embraced the developer community, with an open platform intended to expand the abilities of the system and increase the speed of the evolution of home security.

Energy Savings: Crowdfunding Green Energy Innovation on Kickstarter and Indiegogo

17 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

It’s not easy being a green innnovator, but EnergySavings.com provided us with the nice infographic below to detail how creative people are using crowdfunding platforms to raise money to fund free green products and projects that are eco-friendly and help save or produce green energy.

As more and more people become concerned with the environment – some to the point of dedicating their lives to trying to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems. Unfortunately, many of these people with great ideas don’t necessarily have the means to bring their concepts to life – at least, until now.

Enter the the world wide crowd and the rise of crowdfunding websites.  Now anyone with a great idea now has the ability and opportunity to promote it and even raise money!

EnergySavings.com spent some time combing through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com to find some examples of great people pursuing the greater good. Take a look!

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Crowdfunding Green Energy Innovation from the Crowd

Crowdfunding Green Energy Innovation from the Crowd

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Awesome Fast Company Case Study on How a Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign

5 Feb

Awesome Fast Company Case Study on How a Successful Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Can Create Problems

Twine is exactly the type of sensor-stuffed, Wi-Fi-connected gadget you would expect to take off in Kickstarter’s tech section. The device promises to make your washing machine tweet when the laundry is done and your basement send an email when it floods. Blogs called it “the future” within a week after debuting. Nobody was surprised when it raised more than half-a-million dollars–except for its creators.

When John Kestner and David Carr posted Twine on Kickstarter in November 2011, they had set their fundraising goal at $35,000. Their plan was to produce about 200 units using the same process that created the prototype. But six weeks later, having raised $556,541, they were now committed to shipping almost 4,000 units. The homemade wax mold used to create Twine’s prototype was no longer going to cut it, and there wasn’t another plan. “We were definitely not thinking of the risk of being too successful,” Kestner tells Fast Company.

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