CES 2014: Canary Watches Your Home Space When You Can't!

Smarter security devices are the wave and rage of CES this year. The Canary ($199 pre-order) is a small, portable device that practically bristles with sensors through which you remotely monitor your home.There is a wide-angle HD camera that automatically detects motion (through an I/R sensor) and will record activity over a 130 degree area of view; a temp, humidity and air quality sensor; and much more. Read on for more information on this power-packed and iOS-integrated security gadget.

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To add to the sensor list, an accelerometer can detect jarring or motion of the unit, and audio mic sensors alert you to a fire or otherwise detect intrusion, and even set off a siren alarm. Though it does not include a CO2 or fire alarm grade sensor, the resultant degradation of air quality under an emergency situation would likely set off the air quality sensor. The sophisticated iOS app includes an image preview, video playblack of recorded events, history, and coolest of all, an embedded learning algorithm that cuts down on false positives. The Canary will keep watch when you're away. Pre-Order now, available in July 2014.

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.