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Running, Racing, or Worried? Give potential home intruders the bird with Canary home security

Early morning runs. Races. Late evening runs.

When I think about all the times that I leave my wife and girls home while I run, it can get a little mind-blowing. That’s not even taking into account days at work, overnight business trips, and grabbing a beer every once in a while with friends. I’m not one of those “the world is going to hell” type people, but I do think that it is good to be prepared and as safe as possible.

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Thus, I was excited to receive a Canary All-in-One home security device to check out.

Company: Canary (Facebook)

Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure, and security comes from having the information you want when you want it. It’s the guiding principle behind our work, and reinforces our belief that the best technology makes you smarter, puts you in control, and gives you access to the information you need. That’s why we’re dedicated to developing easy-to-use technology that protects, empowers, and has a meaningful impact on people, families, and their communities. We want to make the world a safer place by giving people the information they need to make smart decisions when something is wrong, and helping them feel connected when everything is right.

Price: $199 (though available for $179 RIGHT NOW)

Technical Specs (from website):

  • 1080p HD Camera
  • Motion detection
  • 147° wide-angle lens
  • High-quality automatic night vision
  • High-quality microphone
  • 90+ dB siren
  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Capacitive touch
  • Encrypted cloud storage
  • Secure web transfer (SSL-TSS)
  • AES 256-bit data encryption
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty
Impressions:

I feel that this is a really solid option for home security on a budget – not only from the functionality perspective, but also the aesthetics side as well. The device itself is “fashion forward” –  a really solid-looking piece of technology without appearing gaudy or over the top. It could look completely normal in any room of your house – from an entryway nook (as seen at the top) to a baby’s room (as seen to the right). The Canary also appears to be sturdy with a manageable size. It’s not too big to clutter up a table and not to small to be concerned it’s gonna break with any accidental bump.

As for the camera – dang it’s got some good picture. The 1080p HD video shows off some great wide range (147 degrees to be exact) and really crystal clear daytime AND nighttime images. It switches automatically from day to night without any change anything on the app itself. That’s just smart.

Speaking of smart, the Canary is said to be “always learning and adapting”. In fact, it automatically pulls in local contacts for police, fire and EMS which are closest to your home, allowing a quick and simple process to connecting with the right people, even if you live in Beaverton but are running in Bend (or anywhere else in the world).

We probably haven’t had this up and running long enough to witness the full experience of  its adaptability, but the device is said to be able to do the following over time:

It adjusts to your preferences, knows if you’re around — auto-arming if you’re not, and understands the difference between ordinary and unusual activity in your home.

What we have been able to see is a recorded log start to emerge within the app. Day by day and hour by hour, little snippets of video have been captured when movement is detected in it’s line of sight. I didn’t have to click record or have the app open to do this. I also don’t have to sift through hours and hours of down time – it just takes the important parts and puts them in an accesbile location. It has been really cool to go back and see what has caused these – and these recordings would prove extremely handy in event of a catastrophe.

One thing that I really liked about the Canary is the ability to make it as simple or as complex as you would like. If you just want to have it on and running to check on your house when you go for a run, that’s easily done. If you want to dive deeper, the device also does some monitoring that runners may care about – temperature, humidity, and even air quality. It even has a super loud alarm that can go off to scare off intruders if, God forbid, you ever catch some in the act. (Note: do NOT test feature this when people are sleeping – my wife and kids can validate this statement.) Set-up was also a piece of cake and took less than 10 minutes. I just needed to plug in to power, download the app, complete a few simple steps, and bam – up and running!

We have enough monthly bills and are ecstatic that this is a one-time investment that doesn’t require us to see money coming out of our account each month – as there is no monthly fee (though there are membership options if you wish).

If you are looking for a security device that you can have outside your home, the Canary Flex is their newest product and now available for pre-order (deliveries beginning in November 2016). It should fit in well, as it is said to be the only weatherproof, HD security camera. Even those blustery and wet conditions shouldn’t get in the way of safety.

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About Matt Rasmussen (965 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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