Has the dog walker stopped by? Did I forget to turn off the stove? Is my place really secure?
We ask ourselves these questions every day. To answer them all is Canary.
It’s a new kind of home-security system designed by New Yorkers and perfect for apartments. Bucking the tradition of bulky and expensive systems like ADT, the idea here is a small, sleek device ($249) that picks up on any unusual activity. You stick it on a shelf near the door, plug it in and sync it to an app on your phone. That’s it.
To sense intruders, Canary uses a wide-frame HD camera, night vision and motion detection. To survey for a spike in heat (say, when you left the stove on), it employs temperature and air-quality monitors.
When something out of the ordinary occurs, you’ll get a push notification on your phone. You can choose to either call the authorities or ignore (like when it’s just the dog walker). If you don’t answer in a set amount of time, your emergency contacts will then get the alerts (ideal while you’re traveling).
And, of course, it doubles as a webcam to hilariously record babies, pets and unsuspecting friends.