While other home security technologies become more complex and interconnected, Canary decided to do the exact opposite, with stunning results. Canary decided to take the core functions of home security and condense them down into a single, elegant device. The Canary tracks motion, temperature, air quality, and sound to create a holistic view of the health and safety of your home. It accomplishes this through a thorough array of sensors, including HD video, night vision, and accelerometers. Canary connects to iOS and Android devices to keep you informed of activity in your home – both obvious (someone is in your house) and not so obvious (humidity is getting a little high, so you might want to consider turning on the A/C). You can then respond to the alerts by placing a phone call, texting a neighbor, or triggering the internal alarm. And lest you be concerned about receiving excessive updates, Canary learns your habits in order to streamline its alert system. All this data is stored inside their application, allowing you to view the trends inside your home and get deeper insight into your own habits.
The simplicity and design of Canary are what make it stand out. In a world of increasingly convoluted technology grids, it encourages consumers to stop and think about what is necessary and what is excessive. Other companies are sure to show more comprehensive security solutions at CES, but up against the $199 Canary, the burden is put back upon those companies to prove the ongoing worth of their multi-camera, multi-panel, subscription services.