The Sense smart home hub by Silk Labs hits Kickstarter, and its already fully funded
What is Sense? Well, according to the opening lines of its Kickstarter page, which was published on Wednesday, the Sense smart home hub, developed by Silk Labs is a “beautifully designed, powerful, and intelligent addition to any modern connected home.” The smart home hub is the first product to run on the Silk platform for connected devices, and utilizes “local processing and deep learning” to provide the user with smart responsiveness with all of their connected devices.
At its core, Sense is a connected camera that lets the user keep an eye on their abode whether they’re at home or on the go. But in reality it is much more than just a security device. Sense acts as the eyes, ears, and brains of the connected home, taking into account context, people, places, time, objects, motion, gestures, voice commands, and more.
“Silk-enabled hardware, like Sense, has the ability to act based on you and your family’s needs, helping you live your life by making the devices around you more responsive,” the makers explain on their Kickstarter page. “Lights can turn on when you need them... Music that you like will play... Sense can adjust the thermostat ... Sense can do all of this automatically because it knows your preferences and routines.”
What’s more, Sense—which is estimated to begin shipping this December—will be able to run third party apps to allow for myriad capabilities personalized for the user.
Silk Labs explained the different use cases for the device when the user is both at home and on the road. Here’s a brief breakdown of each.
At home. Sense connects with a range of smart home devices, including lighting solutions like the Philips Hue and LIFX, sound systems like Sonos, and home systems like the Nest thermostat, with more being added in the near future. The user can control those devices in a variety of ways like voice commands and simple gestures, and over time, Sense begins to recognize patterns and will adapt to the needs of the user.
On the road. Sense by Silk Labs can detect who is home and has the ability to distinguish individuals using computer facial recognition and Bluetooth LE for proximity. Further, it can keep tabs on your pets’ movements and routines. The device is designed to provide the user with meaningful notifications, triggered by people, events, and relevant context, according to Silk Labs. It considers, who, what, and when prior to sending notifications. And, at its core, it is a home security system, so it will provide the user with a secure remote feed for recorded and live video of their home.
“Real experiences are missing from the connected products we have now,” Silk Labs CEO Andreas Gal said on the Kickstarter page. “Silk will make these devices more responsive, more human.”
Silk Labs is seeking $100,000 in funding by the middle of March. At the time of this posting, the campaign, which is barely half a day old, was 99.9 percent of the way there with 451 backers. So, it’s safe to say, I think, that this thing is already drumming up tons of excitement. (UPDATE: It just hit its goal in less than 12 hours of being up on the site! Congrats, Silk Labs!)