Home security devices like the Canary, Sentri and Angee provide useful two-way audio and video links to a room in your home. That's great unless the elephant is in another room. The SensorSphere has similar functionality, but can roll around your home and be controlled remotely.
SensorSphere says its ball is designed to help users protect their home without having to shell out on multiple security cameras or devices. Despite its unique proposition, the firm says the ball will be still be affordable when compared to similar products, although pricing has yet to be released.
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The SensorSphere is said to have been initially designed for use by first responders, like firefighters, the police and hazmat teams. It would allow them to take a look inside an emergency site from a safe area. The idea has since been adapted for consumers, allowing users to see what's going on inside their home while they're away, check on their pets and even just stay in touch with their family.
The device itself is a Wi-Fi connected robotic ball that measures 4.5 in (11.4 cm) across and weighs 1.2 lb (0.5 kg). It is able to roll around by shifting its center of gravity and can be accessed and controlled remotely via an accompanying mobile app.
Users will be able to customize their SensorSphere with different exterior modules that will form the outside of the ball. Among the modules available will be an HD camera with a 90-degree wide-angle lens, thermal imaging and night vision cameras, a microphone, a speaker and sensors for temperature, humidity, smoke and gas.
In the event that an unusual temperature, humidity or gas level is detected, users will receive a notification on their mobile device. Motion detection functionality, meanwhile, will be able to trigger video recording automatically. Any data captured will be stored in the cloud and the device will also boast wireless charging.
Full details about the features and specifications of the SensorSphere are still limited, as the device is some way of being launched. Nonetheless, it is a simple solution to overcoming the limitations of static home security cameras and devices.
An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the SensorSphere is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016. Individuals will be able to pledge support for the campaign and, for pledges of a certain amount and assuming all goes to plan, will be able to receive a SensorSphere. Shipping is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2016. The device will be demoed at CES 2016 in January.
The video below provides an introduction to the SensorSphere.