Linux-based home automation systems

Silk Labs Sense

Home automation is expanding more and more to make our homes smarter and make life easier for us. Silk Labs has started a campaign on KickStarter for the crowdfounding of its new home automation product called Sense. This is a surveillance camera, with automation skills, voice recognition, facial and gesture recognition, equipped with AI (Artificial Intelligence) to carry out its mission.

Silk Labs aims to find success with its product for home automation thanks to the camera Smart Sense and it's based on Linux. The product will be available in March, the 17th specifically and for a price of $ 249, so they can finance the development and will finally be launched on the market in December of this year, if the whole campaign goes well. And all thanks to the work of the Silk Labs company that took this idea last year to create this new product.


Silk Labs was born from the former CTO of Mozilla Andreas Gal, along with other colleagues such as Chris Jones, who was also a developer of the Firefox OS operating system, who was joined by Michael Vines, another reputed in the technology world, as he was director of technology at the large company Qualcomm. Without a doubt, Mozilla and Qualcomm are two greats in the world of new technologies and that thanks to them, and to those who have wanted to finance this campaign, we will be able to enjoy Sense soon.

Sense has a classy look, a surveillance camera that can detect human presence, recognize your voice, recognize gestures, learn user preferences thanks to its AI, and manage automations with the devices (lights, heating, blinds, ...) that are connected to this system, being able to respond appropriately as we have been told from Silk Labs. It also provides the basic surveillance services that can be expected from a traditional surveillance camera.

The camera is easy to install, with 1080p resolution, 130º, infrared sensor for night vision, WiFi, Bluetooth, and compatible with solutions such as Philips Hue and LIFX, Sonos sound systems, Nest thermostats, etc. Everything works thanks to a hardware with an ARM SoC, with GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash, on which a Linux embedded system runs. The gadgets will be expanded, as well as their functionalities, so there is much to come ...

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