Home security and automation just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Piper ($239). Compatible with both Apple and Android powered devices, the Piper has a HD fisheye camera for live and recorded video capture, 3 customizable security models, phone/text/email alerts when the security events are triggered, and numerous environmental sensors, including temperature, humidity, ambient light and motion. From a home automation standpoint, the Piper is compatible with a variety of Z-Wave accessories including the smart switch and door/window sensor, allowing you to control the switches remotely and get alerts any time your doors or windows are opened. For anyone not into monthly security bills looking to boost their home’s defenses, the Piper is a great and inexpensive way to do it.
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