Innovation | Smart Security

Caroline Winter


Form and function Canary, a home security device roughly the size of a 24-ounce beer can, monitors motion, temperature, humidity, air quality, and noise. It sends alerts and video footage to a user’s smartphone when it detects something unusual.

Innovators Adam Sager, Jon Troutman, Chris Rill

Ages 36, 30, 32

Co-founders of the New York-based startup Canary, maker of the home alarm system

1. Setting up Canary recommends pointing the device’s wide-angle camera at a central area of the home. As many as four boxes in separate rooms can work together.

2. House training Canary learns to recognize normal activity, such as the movements of a pet, by texting users with questions when it picks up on a new pattern.

3. Getting help If Canary can’t reach a customer, it texts preprogrammed emergency contacts. The company also plans to set up a call center.

Cost $199 per box, with no installation charges or monthly fees.


• A siren can be remotely activated via smartphone

• HD camera with night vision

• Cloud storage for activity, sounds, and video

• Accelerometer detects if someone moves the box

Next Steps

The company has built roughly two dozen prototypes and raised more than $1.5 million for manufacturing on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, where a Canary can be preordered for delivery next May. The device still needs to complete third-party testing and meet compliance standards in the U.S., Europe, and other markets.


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