A group of four entrepreneurs from Seattle want to help keep your home safe from intruders with a $100 dongle and a smartphone app.
Korner is raising $150,000 on Indiegogo for a security product that gives people 24-hour monitoring of their home or apartment. By plugging in the dongle to a router and sticking curved sensing tags in the corner of doors and windows, users can be notified via a smartphone app if someone has entered their home.
When the tags sense movement, the system pings the dongle wirelessly and sets off a high-pitched alarm while also sending a notification to the user’s smartphone app. He or she then has the option to call police, send the alert to someone else, or disable the system completely.
Korner CEO Steve Hollis, who also works for Amazon, said that one of the company’s key innovations is the single piece motion-detecting tag, which differs from the more common two-piece sensor set that requires alignment to operate.
Hollis also envisions Korner evolving into an online messaging service that helps neighbors keep in touch with each other.
“It becomes, essentially, a neighborhood watch application,” he said.
Hollis said that the idea for Korner came after he spoke with a family who wanted to protect their house, but couldn’t afford a security system.
“It struck me at the time that this is crazy,” Hollis said. “Ultimately, I just said there has to be an opportunity here.”
After just three days, Korner’s Indiegogo campaign has raised $51,500 — more than a third of the company’s $150,000 funding goal. The product is similar to the security system built by Canary, which raised $2 million on Indiegogo and last month brought in a $10 million Series A round led by Khosla Ventures.
Learn more about the Korner here.