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BuddyGuard’s device has a “Flare” for home security

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“Have I closed the window? Did I lock the door properly? Was the light off?…” If those worries sound familiar, Flare might be able to bring you some peace of mind. Although it wouldn’t manage to close an open window by itself, the system lets you monitor your home through its app and HD camera. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]The complex algorithms behind Flare also mean that the system is capable of taking intelligent decisions[/inlinetweet] by itself, and alert you or the local authorities, should there be a problem in your house.

We believe in a self-managing system, that is able to detect and analyse burglaries before they happen and take counter-measures on its own, without needing your intervention. It may seem like a lot, but since we are living in really interesting technological times, we believe putting together all those functions in one device is possible, and that’s what we are going to do. – George Platon, BuddyGuard CTO

The German company BuddyGuard has been working on its smart device for more than a year, iterating through 4 prototypes, and is now ready for production. The launch, on the 12th of May, coincides with the opening of a Kickstarter branch for Germany. All branches of the crowdfunding site are still regrouped under kickstarter.com; but launching in Europe enables the platform to grow its European community, and particularly to make products more accessible to Eurozone countries. Germany joins the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Ireland. Events have been taking place all week in major German cities prior to the big reveal. Through Kickstarter, BuddyGuard hope to refine their final version with the users’ feedback, gathered throughout the campaign, such as: what languages should be integrated besides English and German?

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BuddyGuard pride themselves on Flare’s discretion and intelligence. The device is loaded with sensors (accelerometer, motion, camera, microphone,…), it can be voice-activated but also detects whether you’re home or not, and recognises your face as you walk in. When you’re in, a shutter covers the camera and Flare stops recording, to respect your privacy. The security system will learn your schedule and start monitoring accordingly; you can also program a holiday, to increase its surveillance levels. Flare isn’t bothered by pets, and won’t raise the alarm if your loyal companions stay at home.

3The device is small (11cm diameter), discreet and wireless; it can be placed on a wall, preferably facing your entrance. The set up is quick and easy, and with its rechargeable battery, you can forget it for 2 weeks, until the next charge.

Flare is coming to the market, and will stand side by side with existing devices such as Canary or Cocoon, but puts the emphasis on discretion and privacy. It promises to be a life companion that protects your home when you’re out and gives you some space when you’re in.

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Update: BuddyGuard has launched on KickStarter.

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Posted 11th May 2015
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