A Swiss start-up has created a new device to help prevent break-ins by simulating the lights and the sounds of someone always being at home.
Called Mitipi, the system revolves around a virtual roommate called Kevin, who, from a central control unit connected to a Wi-fi is capable of emitting sounds, and monitoring lights to create the illusion that someone is at home.
Zurich company are due to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund the production of the device, and for the moment, the interior details of the way in which it works remain unknown.
Mitipi have already pointed out that the system is designed as a deterrent rather than a real security system, stressing that it does not contain any sensors to detect any person who does break.
What is clear is that Kevin is essentially a smart speaker, and, similar to Amazon Echo or Google Home is able to control intelligent, connected lights, but is also capable of emitting sounds of the universe home during the day, once activated by a remote control smartphone app.
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