mitipi announces the launch of their campaign today for Kevin, a virtual roommate which deters burglars from robbing your home while you are away. The early bird price will start at $149.
Appalled by the severity of emotional trauma experienced by burglary victims, the mitipi team took it on themselves to inspire a world where burglaries are a thing of the past. This is where Kevin comes in. While competitors in the home security space push boundaries towards inventing the most advanced surveillance systems to solve the problem of burglaries, Kevin takes a far more innovative approach – that prevention is always better than cure.
Kevin lives within the mitipi box hardware, which allows him to emit light, shadow effects and sound. Through smart control capabilities, Kevin naturally simulates an actual person moving around the house doing day-to-day tasks. This wards off potential burglars, who favor swift break and enter without risk of human detection.
- First IoT device equipped with full sets of custom simulation data made with matching and corresponding visuals to ward off burglars
- Simple and convenient to use – allows you to connect and control Kevin via the app or use the three physical buttons to operate all core functions (no prior tech knowledge needed)
- Home-owners can record their own audio clips for Kevin to utilize – be it music from a piano, sounds of pots and pans, people talking, etc.
- Core features all work in offline mode should the user prefer and device is energy efficient (peak consumption will be 60W or less)
Kevin is built to be extremely easy and convenient to use. Five minutes is all it takes to install your virtual roommate, after which he will be brought to life and can be controlled via an app, or even more simply, by just using the buttons on the device.
To produce random simulations of presence in the home, Kevin uses a smart logic that considers multiple factors such as: time zone, region, language, weather, home type and much more. In contrast to other home security systems, the system removes the need for any camera or motion sensors – all you need is power and a smartphone.
Because you deserve to be well represented while you are away, your Kevin will be tailored to your preferences. You will be able to set preferences, for example whether you live alone or in a family, own pets or play an instrument. This ensures a presence is created that matches your lifestyle.
Kevin promises to stay one step ahead of burglars, with mitipi committed to continually offering updates, simulation patterns and functions post-launch.
Julian Stylianou, mitipi Founder & CEO, comments, “Having spent extensive time talking with the victims of burglaries, it’s clear that home protection needs to evolve beyond surveillance, reporting, and alarms. This is why we created Kevin – we envisage a world where burglars only exist in history books, and we want to add value and innovation to the world of home security, by offering a prevention-first solution.”
mitipi is aiming to reach $50,000 in funding on Kickstarter, with prices starting at $149.