15 January 2018
Smart speakers have been evolving at a fast rate and CES 2018 has seen quite a few innovative ones like the Milo smart speaker. However, another unique smart speaker which was featured at CES 2018 has caught our eye and it actually has a pretty good function. Apart from the obvious of it being a smart speaker, the “Kevin” smart speaker made by the company Mitipi can actually keep your house safe by warding off possible burglars and trespassers. There was a time where the very concept of a smart speaker would wow us and here we have a smart speaker which moves beyond its traditional definition.
The device is triangular in shape and upon first glance comes off as a rather neat device with a simple fabric surface. Kevin distinguishes itself from other smart speakers by acting as a virtual roommate. The device uses light and sound to create the impression of residents at home in order to scare away thieves.
The functionality of the device is best illustrated in the video preview compiled by the company. It illustrates how a man leaves his home and a burglar tries to enter. The man activates the security system on Kevin and the smart speaker begins to simulate the sound of a shower running and even teeth being brushed. Apart from this, no demonstration has been given on how the device actually works in real life scenarios.
The concept behind this device does seem interesting. What would be more interesting is to see how it actually functions under daily circumstances. The company will be launching the smart speaker on Kickstarter in the coming months and it is expected to be priced between the $200-$250 range.