New smart speaker simulates presence at home

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

People concerned about safeguarding their home against burglary might get an alarm and a camera, or leave the lights on and TV running when they are out. Now, Swiss startup Mitipi has developed another option in the form of a smart speaker designed to deter burglaries by making it appear as though someone is home. The device named Kevin must be located near a location a burglar is likely to check, such as near the front door or a window. Once activated, Kevin turns on lights and plays sounds that suit the time of day and the environment. For example, it…

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