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Contracts are optional with this DIY connected-home system

Jake Widman | April 14, 2015
Abode is designed like a product from ADT or Vivint, but its service plans are very different.

"We want to keep an open platform that allows our stuff to work with anything that's Wi-Fi-enabled," says Carney. As examples, he cites the possibility of automatically uploading photos and video clips to Dropbox for later viewing, or of having an unauthorized entry trigger a Sonos system to turn on and play the sound of a dog barking.

Funding and options

The Abode system should be available to the public in September, with the starter system priced at $399. But the product's Kickstarter page offers ways to get the system earlier or cheaper. For example, 250 "Pioneer" backers can get the starter kit for $199 (157 people have taken advantage of that offer as of this writing). After that, "Early Bird" backers can preorder the system for $299. Other packages include extra devices or a year of the monitoring service.

The company also has a beta-testing offer for 20 backers, to help the company fine-tune the app before it goes to market. While that program costs $975, participants (there are 13 slots left) will get one set of products, including the streaming video camera, by the end of June, and then a second set of products when they're released to the public.

 

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