At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Swiss Startup Mitipi is ready to show off Kevin, the virtual roomate against burglars in Eureka Park.
If you’re a child of the 90’s or you’ve recently relived the Home Alone saga because of the holidays or because it’s Home Alone 2’s 25th anniversary then you remember the story of poor little Kevin McAllister. Forget that McAuley Culkin ended up going on some crazy binges in later life, as a kid he was quite innovative in keeping Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) from robbing his home and later, making off with all of the toy store money set aside for charity.
You may remember Kevin rigging lights, trains, record players and other devices about the house to make it appear as if his family was home, having a rocking Christmas party.
While that was all fun and games, and a series of blockbuster films, the threat is real. When you’re not home, especially for extended periods of time, you want to protect your home. Protection goes beyond a security system or an old school light timer. That’s what Mitipi has in mind.
Mitipi appropriately named the device Kevin, after the most widely known character in the world that simulated people being present when they actually weren’t. The device does just that. Through lights and acoustics, the Kevin device gives off the appearance that people are home.
Don’t get Kevin confused with a smart home controller. Mitipi was smart enough to decide not to make their device dependent on other devices, appliances and equipment in the home. It’s completely stand alone. What Mitipi does is uses it’s own internal lights to simulate the lights in a room. It also has a wide variety of sounds that simulate people around like the noises of people talking, clanking dishes in the kitchen or even a little music. Light timers have been around since the 1980’s and burglars are trained to look for light timers. Mitipi causes major confusion to burglars that may have been scouting the home thinking no one was home. When they get closer and observe the house they’ll notice a light on, but not just a light, people talking just out of view, deterring a break in in the first place.
Mitipi is equipped to take over the air updates via wifi but isn’t dependent on an internet connection to operate. It’s designed to do one thing and it does it very well, simulate people being home to prevent burglars trying to break in, in the first place.
In the Home Alone movie, Kevin McAllister needed a train and cardboard silhouettes to simulate people in his home. All you need is Kevin by Mitipi.
See how effective it is for yourself at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51934 and online at mitipi.com