Fund This: Korner, for accessible home security
Korner is a new connected security system that aims to be simple to set up and be highly affordable. Owners place a single-piece tag at the corner of a door in the house, and connect an Ethernet dongle into their router. The door tag will then communicate to the router when a door is opened, closed, or knocked, and send you relevant alerts to your smartphone.
Magnetic security switches aren't especially new, and are being offered in smartphone-friendly packages by the likes of SmartThings, but Korner's solution excels in its affordability and one-piece form factor. Typically entry detection requires a sensor on the door itself and the frame, which isn't always practical. Beyond practicality, the Korner tags are very stylish and mesh seamlessly with doors. Tags are powered by small replaceable batteries that can last 3 years each.
When the alarm is tripped, the fob plugged into your router will let off a siren, and your Android or iOS device will get an alert. From the app, you can forward the alert to a friend or neighbor, or call the police. I'd like to see some integration with IFTTT at some point, so entrance and exit triggers could set off all sorts of actions, but baby steps for now.
Korner's pricing is especially impressive for their Indiegogo campaign, which will give you 3 tags and the fob for $100. Once the campaign's over, they'll only cost $59, but there will be a $39 annual service subscription fee. Service for life on a product like this could be really valuable, especially if safety is a big concern for you. For those that are feeling generous, you can buy a Korner set for a women's shelter for $79.
Anybody interested can sign up on their Indiegogo page. Do you guys feel comfortable with your current home security set-up? Which apps or accessories do you use?
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