Silk Labs Sense isn’t just another smart device in the IoT ecosystem, it promises to be the best fit perfectly integrated in your home. The rapid ascent of connected devices and their introduction to our homes brought about a fair share of fears.
What of security and privacy? Most of the smart connected devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems collect data which is duly stored in the Cloud. Silk Labs Sense isn’t just another smart device in the IoT ecosystem. Silk Labs, the brainchild of Andreas Gal, former Mozilla CTO launched Sense.
Already featuring on Kickstarter, Silk Labs Sense is a smart home sensor with the extraordinary ability to interact with most of the other smart connected devices in your home. The greatest features that Sense sports is increased care for your security and privacy and the fact that it learns.
Unlike other connected devices, Sense smart home sensor will improve as it makes use of machine learning to understand your behavior, patterns and identity. In other words, Sense gains a load of extra points for the novelty of the software it brings to the table.
This smart home sensor is capable of turning the lights off or on, it can adjust the volume of the music and the temperature as many other smart home devices. In addition, it can learn about you, your family or trusted persons present in your home.
The interactions between Silk Labs Sense and you will be programmed to a large extent via the companion app that comes with the smart home sensor. However, the idea is to let machine learning and the brand new software act out on its own to understand your behavior, needs, patterns and preferences and act upon them.
An interesting capability of Sense is that it makes use of facial recognition to understand who enters your house. If it’s you or any other trusted person, it will interact with the other smart connected devices to set the thermostat, create your prefered ambient light-wise and play your favorite tunes.
However, if an unknown person enters the house, Sense will detect the opportunity to alert you. Security cameras require a lot of work. Reviewing footage to discover that the alarm signal was drawn due to your pet fiddling with the carpet or curtains becomes cumbersome. Against this background, Silk Labs Sense can trigger the alarm signal when it’s really warranted.
According to Andreas Gal:
“I think that the ‘internet of things’ space is in a similar space as phones were some 15 years ago. 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”.
That is the major difference between Sense and other connected devices. The software enables this smart home sensor not only to interact with other devices such as Nest, Sonos, Philips Hue or LIFX, but also to use machine learning to really learn.
Silk Labs Sense isn’t just another smart device in the IoT ecosystem. This also holds true for the data collected. The computation, machine learning and data processing is performed on the device. Any result of these processes is then encrypted and sent to the cloud. The decryption keys are safely kept on Sense. As such, if the servers do fall prey to a hacker attack, your data is safe.
If the smart home sensor Sense by Silk Labs caught your attention, the Kickstarter campaign is already up and running. For early birds, Silk Labs Sense is available for 225 dollars on pre-order.
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