Futuristic Touch-Screen, Home-Control Wi-Fi Router Already Has $90K Backing On Kickstarter After Just One Day
Securifi’s new Almond+ router, a touch-screen router — really the touch-screen router, since the only other router available with a touch screen is the earlier version of the Almond, released mid last year and still Amazon ($89.99) on Amazon for $80 — went live today on Kickstarter. It’s already lassoed over $90,000 in backing as this post goes live, with a goal of $250,000; that’s a third of its funding goal, just within its first day on Kickstarter.
If you missed our earlier post about the router, here’s a quick recap. The Almond+ can communicate with a variety of home controllers and sensors — like thermostats, locking mechanisms or switches — that use either Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols, and allows you to control the devices through its colorful touch screen. Of course, it also has all the functions of a classic wi-fi router, like providing a wi-fi hotpsot and giving you ethernet ports (four) for all your other wi-fi-dependent peripherals. Because it has a touch screen, you don’t need a computer when setting up your network.
Oh, and it’s fast. The Almond+ runs on both 802.11n and next-gen 802.11ac protocols.
Securifi says they’re working on Android and iOS apps that’ll communicate with the router and allow you to control all these devices straight from your phone.
If you want one, they’re $95 (or $99 if you miss the early-bird special) on Kickstarter, after which they’ll be $129 after the campaign ends. And our apologies for any weird effects the questionable Doc Brown impression in the clip above might induce.Related