How do you use Sentri?

While Sentri’s 120-degree camera and customizable security settings can help you monitor what’s happening at home, even when you’re not there — its all-in-one capabilities do so much more. See how some of our community members use Sentri:

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I use Sentri to control all the lights in my home — it’s like having a “master switch” for all of them from one screen!

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I use Sentri to keep an eye on my furry friends at home when I’m not there! I want to make sure that they’re comfortable — and also just to be able to see them throughout the day brings moments of joy.

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I use Sentri to monitor my wine cellar — things like temperature and humidity a lot to me and I like being able to see both the current readings, as well as how these values change over time!

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I use Sentri as a way to watch my kids! It’s not just about making sure they’re safe, but also about capturing the moments throughout the day as I watch them grow up. I like having the flexibility to “rewind” and look back at all the snapshots and videos captured on Sentri.

I use Sentri to help me feel my best — monitoring my home’s humidity and air quality allows me to prepare for allergies, and understand what triggers set my allergies off!

How do you imagine using your Sentri? Let us know with the hashtag #SentriatHome on Twitter, post it on our Facebook wall, or e-mail us at hello@sentri.me and we might just send you one! ūüôā

Recent updates … and NEW features coming!

One of the principles we’ve built Sentri around from the very start is that it’s always getting smarter —¬†and doing so in a way that doesn’t require you to do a thing! Every couple weeks (or less some times ;)), Sentri gets a fresh new update that improves the experience (optimizing performance, fixing bugs) AND also adds some cool new functionality. What have we updated recently? Take a look below — and make sure your Sentri has all the¬†latest and greatest:

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v1.7.511110 (released 11/11)

  • ‚ÄčDevice control on the Sentri screen¬†— Now you can control your WeMo switches, Hue lights, and Nest thermostat straight from the Sentri touchscreen! (swipe right twice from the main screen to access this screen)
  • Remove connected devices¬†— Want to remove the devices you have connected to Sentri? No problem — go into the settings screen (swipe left once) and click “Remove connected devices”. Also available on the iOS and Android apps
  • Playback video alerts straight from the Sentri screen¬†— Review your videos directly from Sentri itself on the “timeline” view (swipe right once to access)
  • New Theme: Auto-rotating backgrounds —¬†Automatically change up your Sentri’s look and feel with a theme that automatically rotates through our collection of custom backgrounds
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  • Military Time —¬†Prefer to read your time as 16:45? We added the option for you to choose to display your time in either 12 or 24 hour time
  • Eco Mode —¬†Schedule when your Sentri screen turns ‘off’ (by default, we’ve set it to be between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.), or choose to manually turn your Sentri screen ‘off’ or ‘on’. Tap it once to wake your Sentri up for 30 seconds
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  • Your unit has been updated! — Receive an alert every time your unit has been updated along with the update version
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  • Manually update your Sentri — Missed out on the latest update? Manually trigger an update to make sure your Sentri is updated with the latest and greatest
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  • Add your own pictures! — Connect your Dropbox directly to Sentri and customize the look and feel of your Sentri with your own pictures

 

The Security Dilemma: Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage

With technology evolving so quickly, it’s difficult to determine what type of storage is best for you. Hard drive, solid state drive, cloud drive ‚Ķ which one really works and best suits your needs?

Unfortunately, the answer is a vague one — it depends. But when it comes to surveillance and security for the smart home, cloud storage is the go-to option. Here’s why.

To start, here’s a diagram of how the cloud works:

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As you see, no information is actually stored on any of the physical devices. Because of this, the cloud holds several advantages over traditional storage.

Reliability: Hard drives are known to be corrupted or fail altogether. On the other hand, cloud storage is constantly backed up (think Google Drive) to prevent data loss.

Security: Also, since your information in the cloud is stored in a secure, remote location (protected by bank-level encryption, no less), cloud data is quite difficult to steal.  We can’t even access your Sentri video. Comparatively, a fragile local storage device like an SD card can be easily stolen, lost, or broken. In the event of a house robbery, it is all too easy for a thief to remove an SD card, destroying all video evidence of the crime. With cloud storage, even if the Sentri is stolen altogether, you would still have remote access to the surveillance footage.

Space: This is literally what storage is all about. When you’re taking video, space disappears pretty fast (just think about your mobile phone). With Sentri’s HD video, 120 minutes of recorded video could easily takes up an entire gigabyte of space. Cameras need to have available space in order to record video, even if the footage is meant to be deleted immediately after. So, although Sentri may only save short clips when activity is detected, it needs an abundance of storage to keep recording.

That’s the expanding power of the cloud: unlike an SD card, the cloud will not suddenly run out of space. On our plans, you can store as much cloud video as you want within the given time period.

Convenience: With cloud storage, you can access your video from pretty much anywhere. If you have Internet, you have the cloud at your fingertips. What does this mean for you?¬†You’ll have a more reliable, scalable, and safer connection between your Sentri and you — wherever you are.¬†

Sentri¬†is an all-in-one home monitoring solution that gives you the power to know what’s happening at home, no matter where you are. We help you protect your home with a live-video monitoring, customized security settings, and access to your home’s environmental health — and we use industry-leading cloud technology to keep your home and your data safe, secure, and always accessible.¬†

Eco Mode and Military Time Coming to Your Sentri!

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This week, we released two new features that many of our community members have been asking for: Eco Mode and the ability to switch between 24-hour and 12-hour time.

  • Eco Mode¬†lets you turn off the Sentri screen (and save energy!) quickly and easily by:
    • Setting your own schedule — want the screen off every night? Schedule it between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. or any other time interval for some smart dimming!
    • Turn it on / off manually
    • The Sentri screen always dims after 30 minutes of inactivity when in ‘away’ mode
  • 23:00? 11:00?¬†Your choice — choose how you would like your time displayed in Sentri’s signature display & look

All these updates go to your Sentri units over-the-air — meaning you don’t have to do a thing, no buttons to push, no links to click — just part of how Sentri is always getting smarter.

Have suggestions of your own? Let us know! These were features upgraded based directly on feedback from our community, and we’d love to include your voice.

Curious how you can get your hands on a Sentri? Pre-order yours today for only $299, and get it delivered on Nov. 27, just in time for the holidays. Be the first to get your Sentri AND get free shipping.

New Features Coming to Your Sentri!

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All your devices — straight from your Sentri. No phones required.

One of the exciting things about Sentri is that it’s¬†always getting smarter.¬†Today, we’re excited to announce the release of our latest update that will bring even more power to your Sentri to help protect what matters in making your home safer and smarter.

Look out for:

  • Trigger a siren on your Sentri device‚Äč
  • Video playback on Sentri itself
  • Device control on the Sentri touchscreen itself — Sentri works with Hue, Nest, and WeMo
  • Auto-rotating theme. Now you don’t have to choose between all the images we have for you. Set it to auto-rate to get a new background every time you look.
  • An improved motion detection algorithm

We’ll be rolling out this update starting today and all Sentris¬†should be updated by the end of the week!¬†Have an idea on a feature you’d like to see? Let us know! Many of our feature updates are developed in conjunction with our community.

Curious how you can get your hands on a Sentri? Buy yours today for only $299, and get it delivered on Nov. 27, just in time for the holidays.

How to: Your First Week With Sentri

Congratulations on getting your Sentri set up! We know that was ridiculously easy to set up, and the touchscreen is just irresistible to play with. But don’t be fooled by how simple Sentri is to use — it’s packed with some serious tech power and options to personalize so we wanted to call out a few things that you shouldn’t miss during your first week with your Sentri.

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Everything you need to get your Sentri set up

Here are five key things you’ll want to be sure to check out in your new all-in-one home security AND control unit.

  • Check In When You’re Away. Start a ‚Äėlive‚Äô video stream from your phone on the Sentri app — now you‚Äôll always know what¬†the household pup is up to when you’re away (and how many treats he sneaks in when you’re not lookin’).¬†
  • Lights on, lights off. Turn on that Philip Hue light and adjust your Nest thermostat, straight from one Sentri app
  • Catch the Thief! Put Sentri on ‚Äėaway‚Äô mode and have someone walk in front of it — check out the snapshot and recorded video¬†clip afterwards!
  • Your Week, In Review. Review all the¬†events, moments, and snapshots from the past week on our timeline straight from the Sentri device — only fingertips required
  • Express Yourself. Change up the background of your Sentri — sunset? sunrise? ¬†Seas or mountains? We‚Äôve got you covered.

Sentri also gets smarter over time — it’ll learn the alerts that matter most to you (you can always tell Sentri which alerts are ‘false alarms’ by marking them in your mobile app), so that you’ll get the info you really need to keep your home safer — and smarter.

Already own a Sentri? Let us know how you use your Sentri with the hashtag #sentriathome. Looking to get your own Sentri? We’re currently sold out, but sign up to reserve your Sentri now to get $20 off AND be the first to know when Sentri is available again.¬†

Sentri + Touchscreen = Even More Personalization

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We’re all about co-creation, and after nearly 300 surveys and countless conversations later, we’re excited to announce that Sentri will be shipping with touchscreen this year. ¬† Touchscreen has been something we’ve heard many members of our community ask for, and while it’s always been on our radar, was difficult to fulfill based on our size. ¬†In large part because of the enthusiasm we’ve seen from our community, however, we’ve been able to negotiate with our suppliers and manufacturers to bring that ask to life when we release our first Sentri units this year.

What does this mean?

You’ll have even greater control over the most elegant monitoring and control system on the market to protect what matters most to you. Simply walk up to your Sentri to turn on the lights and change the background. ¬†No need to worry about granting access to visitors, or having guests download the mobile app.

And what’s more — we’ll be offering it to you for the same price of $299 when you reserve your unit today (your card will be charged only when your unit ships!).

Thank you for being part of the Sentri story — stay in touch with us by signing up for our mailing list!

Happy Halloween from the Sentri Team!

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Photo credits go to {just jennifer} and petadviser.com

Happy Halloween from the Sentri team! We were thinking of how to customize our Sentri screen to celebrate the end of a Spooktacular October and loved these amazing photos/creativity from the Flickr community.   How will you customize your Sentri screen?

How Sentri Works

One of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received¬†is — how exactly does Sentri work? When we created Sentri, we wanted to give you the simplest solution possible, and ‘elegant simplicity’ lies at the heart of our design principle.

Here’s What to Expect Out of the Box

Place Sentri in a main entryway of your home or your living room (suggested if you only have one Sentri), plug it in, connect it to your WiFi, and let Sentri get to work in learning more about you. ¬†Sentri will start sending you alerts to your phone about the state of your home, including your home’s security (physical security and environmental state), and suggestions of little steps you can take (or let Sentri make for you) to make your home safer and more attuned to your own personal needs.

How Sentri Connects to Other Smart Devices

If you own other smart devices (such as a Nest Learning Thermostat or Philip Hue’s smart light), monitor and control these devices directly from your Sentri device or mobile app. ¬†When you turn your Sentri on, Sentri will do a quick scan around your home via your home’s WiFi network to see if there are any other devices/systems it can connect with. Name them what you want on Sentri and let Sentri do the rest.

If you decide to buy another smart device down the road to complement your Sentri, set them up on the same local network at home (e.g., your home’s WiFi network) and Sentri will prompt you to see if you want to add the new device to your Sentri.

Personalizing Sentri

We believe that technology should be personal, and more than just giving you the ability to learn more from your home, it should also enhance your home to make it more you. Sentri gives you a 10″ screen to personalize the look of your home with the ability to display your own photos directly on the Sentri screen. ¬†Make immediate use of the designer themes that Sentri comes pre-loaded with, or show your own via Sentri’s SD card slot.

Choose from a variety of layouts (for example, a clock and basic dashboard) to personalize it with the information you need.  After all, this is your home, and the most effective technologies will be the ones that play by your rules.

We’re excited to see what you do with your Sentri!

 

Thank you …

A month and 1,239 new friends later, Sentri’s Kickstarter campaign has officially concluded. A huge¬†THANK YOU¬†to all our backers and fans for helping bring Sentri to life, and sharing in our vision of creating smarter and safer homes. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to raise more than $390,000, and you’ll be the very first to receive your own Sentri unit.

One of the main reasons we decided to launch Sentri on Kickstarter was because we didn’t want to just build a product, we wanted to build a product with a community that shared in our vision and beliefs that our homes should be smarter and safer. And we found just that — throughout our campaign, the¬†curiosity and feedback from our backers have helped us continue to expand our product … including helping us shape some immediate features we can add. Because of your support, the first Sentris that ship will not only include a security camera and motion detector along with a full-suite of environmental features that track humidity, temperature, and air quality, they’ll also include an Ethernet port, SD card slot, and built-in battery.

And now, even though our Kickstarter campaign is over, Sentri and the conversation we’ve started here is just beginning. Stay in touch with us by e-mail (hello@sentri.me),¬†Facebook,¬†LinkedIn, and/or¬†Twitter¬†— thank you again for all your support and we can’t wait to share Sentri with you.