Although it may not come in the somewhat startling form of an actual songbird — or a giant pink moth for that matter — a new smoke detector prototype from a Brooklyn-based development/engineering team of Mark Belinsky, Ashley Williams, and Justin Alvey still manages to offer a sleek alternative to the clunky, quotidian devices that we’re, for better or worse, accustomed/resigned to. And because we live in the time of multi-tasking thermostats and WiFi-enabled light bulbs, this is a smoke detector that also brings an ample amount of cloud-based smarts to the home fire prevention market.
The Canary Smart Smoke Detector, a smartphone-managed device that "looks beautiful on a wall and connects you to the information you need to know" is capable of detecting the presence of both smoke and carbon monoxide (and not just emergency spikes but all levels) in the home. In addition to sounding an actual alarm, the Canary sends "gratifying" alerts directly to your smartphone (apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry apps are all in the works beyond the prototype stage) detailing the situation.
The city is a diverse place. We need to make sure that the system works on any device and in a lot of languages. Customers can pick up the phone [landlines included] and dial their device directly to get updates on the battery, previous alerts and even the air quality outside right now. And of course, in case the alarm goes off, it wil call you with details about the alert and patch you through to the authorities if it's an emergency. Our hardware integrates directly with Twilio for immediate and reliability communication.