Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors do a great job of alerting you of potential dangers in your home as long as you’re in your home when they go off. But if you’re out of town for the weekend or quickly stepped out to pick up dinner, you’ll never know that your family and personal possessions may be in harms way. Innovative companies like Nest have already brought connected home monitoring devices to the market, but they require lengthy setups.
That’s where Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, which was designed by former Apple and current Beats designer Robert Brunner, comes in…
Once plugged into a wall outlet and connected to WiFi, Leeo begins listening for the “frequency and pattern of your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.”
If Leeo detects either alarm it will send a notification to your iOS or Android app. You’ll have the option to listen in on the detected sound or call 911. You can even setup backup contacts so Leeo can alert friends and family members if it detects an alarm and you’re unable to respond to the notification.
Charle Haug, COO of Leeo expounds on the importance of its simplicity:
We often don’t have the ability to hear or interpret the signals our homes are sending us. The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is the first in a family of products that will work with the existing devices people already have in their homes, and provide additional control and ultimately greater comfort.
Along with a microphone, Leeo has a Temperature/Humidity sensor to monitor your home’s climate and an Ambient Light sensor to turn the nightlight feature on automatically in when a room gets dark.
Robert Brunner discusses its design:
Our design philosophy for Leeo is based upon building beautiful products that perform valuable functions intuitively, and that don’t require people to change their lives or create new infrastructure in their homes…
Leeo is available for $99 from leeo.com. Full press release, video trailer and more images follow:
Leeo Rethinks Home Safety with Smart AlertTM Nightlight
Available now, easy-to-use device makes existing smoke and CO alarms smarter
Oct. 21, 2014 – SAN FRANCISCO – Leeo, Inc. today unveiled the Smart AlertTM Nightlight, the first in a family of smart home products that will focus on efficiency, safety, and comfort.
The Leeo Smart AlertTM Nightlight is an easy-to-use device that monitors a home’s existing smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and alerts residents when they sound. With no monthly fees or complicated installation required, homeowners and renters can secure their homes by simply plugging the device into a power outlet and pairing it with the free Leeo app.
Mandatory smoke and CO alarms alert families to danger when they’re in their homes, but when residents are away, all they do is make noise. For every minute that goes by without emergency response, the danger of a total loss of property or more increases. Less than five percent of homes have smoke and CO alarms integrated with a monitored service. Although effective, these systems are often costly and require professional installation. With the Leeo Smart AlertTM Nightlight, families can add an extra layer of protection to the equipment they already have in a cost-effective way without monthly fees.
The Leeo Smart AlertTM Nightlight listens to the existing safety devices in the home, recognizes when an alarm sounds and sends the owners, wherever they are, a notification on their phone. The Leeo app allows the user to listen to the alarm and gives them the option to dial their local emergency services. If the user does not respond to a push notification or phone calls, the app will then alert contacts chosen by the user – friends, family and neighbors — to notify authorities or emergency services on the user’s behalf.
“Leeo’s goal is to create smart home products and services that are simple to use and accessible to everyone,” said Charles Huang, COO of Leeo. “We often don’t have the ability to hear or interpret the signals our homes are sending us. The Leeo Smart AlertTM Nightlight is the first in a family of products that will work with the existing devices people already have in their homes, and provide additional control and ultimately greater comfort.”
Designed by Robert Brunner, Leeo’s chief designer and founder of San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition, the simple, elegant device takes the form of a modern nightlight.
“Our design philosophy for Leeo is based upon building beautiful products that perform valuable functions intuitively, and that don’t require people to change their lives or create new infrastructure in their homes,” said Brunner.
In addition to its own line of beautifully simple products, Leeo will be working with strategic business partners around the world to develop regionally-relevant products and leverage established consumer bases for distribution.
Smart AlertTM Nightlight features
The LED-based light can be controlled via a dimmer ring on the device or within the app. Additionally, the app allows users to choose from up to 16 million color options to customize the light to suit their mood or home décor.
In addition to hearing alarms, the device detects room temperature and humidity, allowing users to monitor the climate in their homes. The app can be customized to recognize preset ranges for these readings and trigger alerts when they exceed designated thresholds. The app is available for free in the App Store and can be used on an iPhone 4S or later running iOS 7 or later. The Smart AlertTM Nightlight is now available for purchase on the Leeo site, www.leeo.com, for $99.
Leeo, Inc. creates and enables smart home products and services that are simple to use and accessible to all. The company develops products and services for itself as well as for select enterprise partners. Founded by RoboteX co-founder Adam Gettings and venture investor Eddy Chan, the company has attracted world-class talent and investors, raising approximately $37 million in financing since its incorporation in 2013. Built on the idea that smart products and services in the home are too complicated and cost-prohibitive, Leeo’s products and services are designed to make smart, simple, plug-and-play devices that help people feel more confident and comfortable in their homes. For more information, visit: http://www.leeo.com/press-1021
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