Piper – the best little home security and automation device you’ll find for the money [Review]

Full review at http://www.redferret.net/?p=46355. Piper is a brand new home security and automation device, which manages to combine incredible ease of use, with a top notch smartphone app, and superb functionality.

Not only will it do the typical video monitoring of this type of product, but the on-board sensors will also check on temperature, noise levels, humidity, motion and ambient light. Which means you can keep constant watch on just about every important environmental factor in your home from your phone, and with a product which is priced very aggressively.

The 180 degree 1080p fisheye camera is excellent, with a huge field of view, but enough clarity to see everything in the room. There’s also a ‘quad’ mode which lets you split the image into four, and literally pan each window into a different part of the view/room. It’s like having four cameras in one. Audio in and out also works well, even out and about via 3G, which is great for chatting to a pet or the better half.

The last part of the equation are the rules, which are customizable routines that you can set up to trigger actions if the camera or sensors detect anything in the area. So you can set up the unit to trigger an alarm, or email or SMS you or a trusted circle if it detects an increase in temperature, humidity, or motion in the home.

Since you can chain up to five of these devices together on the same network, you can really have a complete monitoring system working 24/7 to look after your home, and warn against fire, theft, flooding and various rampaging 90 feet lizards.

Price: From $199 / €149

Full review at http://www.redferret.net/?p=46355

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