Jan 11, 2016
Mark Zuckerberg’s Dream Security System Is Piper, He Just Doesn’t Know It Yet
Mark Zuckerberg, the leading mind behind Facebook, recently announced his New Years intention to build his own smart home security system in order to join the quickly growing connected space.
The entrepreneur’s decision to develop a smart home of his own has many people talking, most of whom may not have been familiar with the smart home space prior to the announcement.
All That Glitters Isn’t
Though a multitude of smart home features that Zuckerberg describes, including the ability to control various aspects of his home such as temperature and light while his “hands are full with Max (daughter),” sound cool, new and exciting… it’s important to point out the availability of these features in products (like Piper!) that are already on the market.
Below is an example of how you can control your lights while your hands are full with your baby with the help of connected light bulbs.
Connected light bulbs aren’t the only smart home automation accessories the consumer market is going crazy for. Smart door locks like those powered by Kwikset and Yale (to name a few) have also shown steady demand in addition to smaller accessories such as smoke detectors and motion sensors, all of which will be compatible with Piper by the end of this year.
What’s Home Automation Without Security?
Mark Zuckerberg committing to building the JARVIS to his Iron Man is pretty exciting- there’s nothing quite like the incredible collision between Marvel movies and real life.
I’m so excited, in fact, that I can’t help but wonder why home security isn’t explicitly mentioned in his quest for the ultimate smart home and question anyone who feels that a connected home can truly be complete without its own security system. How else does one protect their JARVIS, after all?
Because most security systems in today’s consumer market do not offer home automation capabilities, it’s understandable that consumers carry the assumption that the two exist independently of one another.
That’s why we believe that the home security solution Mark Zuckerberg is looking for lies within our Piper; he just doesn’t know it yet.
In his own words, Zuckerberg promises to start the groundwork by “exploring what technology is already out there,” before he designs a system that allows him to control his home’s “lights and temperature,” in addition to “letting friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell.”
His dream Artificial Intelligence-powered smart hub lets him “know if anything is going on in Max’s room that [he] needs to check on when [he’s] not with her.”
What is Piper?
Piper is an effortlessly smart home security system with no required monthly fees that you control from your mobile device. It combines advanced video monitoring technology with valuable sensor information to immediately alert you of what’s going on while you’re away.
In addition to providing home security, Piper can also automate your home when paired with compatible wireless accessories such as indoor and outdoor smart switches, smart dimmers, water sensors, door/window sensors, and, in the coming year: door locks, motion sensors, and smoke detectors.
The door/window sensor accessories that Piper supports allow any home owner to be notified the moment doors and windows have been opened, which can be useful in a variety of potentially life saving situations, especially when placed on medicine cabinets or gun repositories.
Though the connected door locks Piper aims to support by the end of 2016 will not be able to let Mark’s friends in based on their faces, I have to argue that it may be a good thing in the long run.
I mean, really… how many times have you had a dispute with a friend or lover who subsequently kept popping up on your porch begging for another chance?
What would have happened if Selena Gomez had a door lock that automatically opened anytime Justin Bieber showed up at her door? Granted, he wouldn’t have to throw a tantrum, climb her fence and beg her to open the door, but how would that be good for her?
With all the sensors, security features, and home automation abilities packed in a single Piper, especially with the launch of our official IFTTT channel in the near future, it’s hard to see why Mr. Zuckerberg wouldn’t drop all plans to build his own solution and come running into the arms of Piper. It’s clear that we are the all-in-one home automation and security product he’s been searching for — he just doesn’t know it yet.