Piper is a nifty little gadget that combines a number of recently deployed technologies to create a connected and hyper-aware home automation hub. The project has been getting a lot of press since it appeared on Indiegogo a couple of weeks ago, and it passed its $100,000 funding goal today. There's another twenty days before the project ends, so the creators won't be wanting for funds.

Piper is essentially is a little box that's stuffed with a ton of sensors and WiFi connectivity, making it the hub of a connected house. It functions as a security and monitoring tool first and foremost, thanks to a panning wide-angle webcam and microphone. The companion app for Android or iOS will let you peek at your home anytime, from any network, and an integrated motion detector can alert you to burglars in real time. It's also got a speaker and a siren, so hopefully it could scare off a potential home invader (or a pet, if you feel like having some fun).


Other sensors include temperature, humidity, and ambient light. What are those for? Well Piper also functions as a Z-Wave controller capable of commanding any compatible lights or appliances connected to your home LAN. If you're trying to view the camera feed through the app and it's too dark, Piper can automatically flip on some lights via Z-Wave. Piper can even automatically cache video if it's damaged. Pair all that with the smartphone app and you've got an impressively compact and relatively cheap start to home automation. The system requires no monthly fees.


Piper runs on Linux with ARM-based internal hardware, and the creators are working on a version that uses a 3G SIM card along with WiFi. Backing tiers start at $209 for hardware (at least if you're in the US). Piper has been in the works for a year now and the Indiegogo campaign is just to fund the initial mass-production run, so the estimated shipping time for the WiFi Piper is November of this year. 

Source: Indiegogo - Piper

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • RA W II

    Not just me being first but also this device.

  • Thomas Gladdines

    I hope it has a invite NSA function :P

    • RitishOemraw

      Who do you think pledged the most to make it a reality once it saw that some people were interested?

  • Adrian Tarau

    Really nothing new.. there are plenty of IP-Cameras with all that features available from years.

    • James

      Name one with all these features?

      • Hamish

        savitmicro for 10 years

  • BBXiong

    for reasons it reminds me of this, and I dont mind if there's an option for it to look like this :D

  • V

    Garbage cause you have to store video on "THEIR" cloud and if you are not one of the Indiegogo backers that pre-orders then there will be a monthly fee. Besides, this is nothing new. There are others out there to choose from that are just as good if not better and are FREE!!! This is doomed to fail IMO.