Global Q&A Series: mitipi Wants to Protect Your Home with Kevin
Nearly one in two people on this planet we call home will become a burglary victim at some point during their lifetime, according to data cited by mitipi. The Switzerland-based company wants to greatly reduce that figure, and they’ve developed a technology that they believe can help.
Kevin is a smart speaker that simulates your presence in a room in order to keep burglars away. The $200 speaker acts as a standard Bluetooth speaker when you’re not trying to deter potential thieves, but that just scratches the surface with this product. The speaker has 4GB of internal storage that will store up to a week’s worth of unique simulation data that matches corresponding visuals and acoustics that it can “play back” to mimic presence in a room. The speaker uses that data to emit lights, shadow effects, and sound to make it seem like someone is in the room in which the speaker is placed.
A mitipi project that was successfully backed through crowdfunding campaigns, the Kevin smart speaker will be certified for use in the U.S., Canada, and Europe once it’s ready to ship. According to its website, the company expects delivery to happen during Q1 of 2019. It’s available for preorder now through the company’s website.