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Ulo is a cute surveillance camera, a pet owl interacting with you through eye expressions.
Goal: €199,000 (~218,156 USD)
Pledged: €302,395 (~331,504 USD)
Days To Go: 31
Estimated Delivery: November 2016
Ulo is an interactive home monitoring owl. Yes...you read that right, a home monitoring owl.
From the project page, "Today more and more objects are connected, but none of them truly connects with you. Ulo creates a unique bond, like no other device. It redefines the way you interact with objects: an organic communication."
Ulo communicates through eye expressions.
A webpage and mobile apps allows you to customize eyes color, shape and size to match your interior and your taste.
No logos or icons are displayed on the screens, but you instantly know what Ulo has in mind.
For instance, when the battery is low (under 10%) Ulo is tired,
Ulo blinks when you take a snapshot,
its eyes follow your movements and Ulo squints when someone is watching live video.
Random animations add that extra spark of life which makes Ulo unique.
Eye expressions are possible thanks to new round LCD screens originally manufactured for next-generation smartwatches.
A double tap on Ulo forehead will activate the Alert Mode.
Once your smartphone leaves your wifi network, every movement will be recorded in an animated gif and sent via email.
When your smartphone (and thus yourself) reconnects to your wifi network, the alert mode is disengaged.
It is a very simple way to check what is going on in another room or when you’re away. Ulo streams directly on a secure webpage.
Ulo captures snapshots on demand and sends it on a secure webpage, your dropbox account or directly on your email.
In Alert Mode, Ulo can last one week on a full charge. In everyday use, with eye expressions, Ulo needs to be recharged every 2 days. Of course you can also leave Ulo plugged in all the time on a USB port.
Ulo can lay on a flat surface or be hanged on a wall. A set of discrete adhesive neodymium magnet allows you to stick Ulo on every surface effortlessly.
Ulo services are accessible on a webpage, so it is compatible with every device with an internet connection and a browser.
Ulo has some extremely cool potential crossover functionality with other devices thanks to IFTT.
With useful features and its adorable appearance, Ulo is a project you should definitely consider backing. Early bird specials are gone but you can get yours for €169 shipped to the US!
Check out Ulo on Kickstarter.
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