Silk Labs unveils Sense: a responsive, intelligent, and secure hub for the smart home

    The eyes, ears, and brain of your smarter home

    Last Updated: 17 February, 2016

    In today’s world, consumers are very much worried about their privacy and security with the emerging “Internet of Things” devices, so called the “Smart” or “Connected” devices. Almost, all of them are designed to manage your smart devices using your smartphone through the cloud. The problem arises now because these “Always on” devices records and collects your data and stores them in the cloud, which is not very secure. To make you feel secure and comfortable, Silk Labs, a company co-founded by former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, has launched a smart home sensor called the “Sense” that helps to control the connected devices in your home and automatically adapts to your needs over time by learning your preferences from your behavior and patterns.

    Being the first product to be powered by Silk, a new platform for connected devices that utilizes local processing and deep learning to bring a new age of responsiveness to the connected devices all around us. Sense does the same task like turning on or off the lights, adjusts the music or thermostat, but how it can be differentiated from other devices available in the market, is that it can do all this automatically by understanding the people in your home and their preferences and routines.

    sense sensorSense connects will almost all smart home devices, including lighting solutions such as Philips Hue and LIFX, sound systems including Sonos, home systems like the Nest thermostat and more. The device uses computer vision for facial recognition and Bluetooth LE for proximity. Users, meanwhile, can interact with Sense through voice, gestures, and its app. Unlike other security cameras, which records whenever there is a motion, Sense can detect animals from humans and can keep track of their movements and routines and sends notification only when it is required.

    Effectively, explains CEO Andreas Gal, the company has just packaged existing smartphone technology into a new housing – in Sense’s case, a wooden stand with a sliding piece of curved glass on the front that hides Sense’s always-on camera.

    Sense“I think that the ‘internet of things’ space is in a similar space as phones were some 15 years ago,” he explains. “The hardware part is done – thousands of companies can build the hardware. It’s the software that’s complex. We want to build an intelligent device,” Andreas Gal said.

    Unlike other connected devices, that stores data on the cloud, Sense runs applications locally on the device itself, and utilizes machine learning to create more intelligent, meaningful, and useful experiences with all of your connected devices.

    SenseYou can pre-order the device through Silk Labs’ Kickstarter campaign for $225. It will ship late this year.