This article originally appeared on The Next Web
It’s all about home invasion at CES 2014 as companies are continuing to develop products geared toward securing the growing connected home audience. But with so many similar products on the market, how do you know which gadget is right for you?
We met up with several smart home systems designed to help enrich your ever-connected lifestyle and to determine which product is best suited for you.
If you rent your apartment: Canary
Now that we’ve finally seen the Canary in person, the product is as darling as its overwhelming Indiegogo success would indicate. The device is about the size of a 1-liter water bottle, and you can place it anywhere that overlooks the majority of the room you’re monitoring.
The neatest thing about the Canary is the user-friendly app interface. It’s extremely simple to program the device to send alerts when something’s amiss, such as excessive noise, motion, or rapid temperature changes.
If Canary recognizes anything strange, it will send a notification to your smart phone and give you options to call your backup contact, the police, or ignore. This streamlines the process with the hopes that you won’t panic too much if an emergency occurs in your home while you’re gone.
Canary can also record videos of various events and store them in the cloud for future reference. The company will also offer various tiers of subscriptions for extra cloud storage.
Price: $199 pre-order, with an estimated delivery date of July 2014