The Canary Home Security System


INNOVATOR PROFILE: The Canary Home Security System


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Founders or Inventors

Canary was cofounded by CEO Adam Sager, CTO Chris Rill, and Design Director Jon Troutman in New York City.

Their background

Adam Sager: Former Israel

Defense Forces, security advisor to CEOs and Fortune 100 companies, founder of nation’s largest security non profit organization. Chris Rill: Built embedded systems and electronics for the US military, startup technical co-founder, FIRST robotics mentor. Jon Troutman: User Experience & Product Designer, former product design lead at General Assembly, former art director at brand strategy agency.

Concept & Innovation

Canary is a single device that contains an HD video camera and multiple sensors that track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity to help keep you, your family and your home safe.

Controlled entirely from your iPhone or Android device, Canary alerts you when it senses anything out of the ordinary — from sudden temperature changes that can indicate a fire, to the sound and movement that could mean an intrusion. Instantly receive, view and act on the alerts wherever you are. Over time, Canary learns your home’s rhythms to send you smarter alerts.

Canary packs all of the technology necessary to keep your environment safe within one beautifully designed device, and learns your household’s habits and behaviors to constantly provide better security, at a price point available to anyone.

Containing an HD camera, audio, temperature and other life-safety sensors, Canary connects directly to your mobile device and alerts you or your designated loved

ones when anything is out of the ordinary. Canary empowers individuals – whether they rent or own their homes – to take control of their own security.


Canary came out of personal experiences. Both Chris and Adam had looked for security solutions such as this: simple, intelligent, and designed for their homes.

The first thing they did was think through what security in the home really is, and what it boils down to. It isn’t about placing sensors everywhere, nor is it about alarms that alert call centers. Rather, security is about two things: receiving the right information from your home about what is going on at any particular time, and knowing who to communicate with should there be a problem. With Canary, they are innovating in both ways, and have built a smart home security device for anyone.

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Cadbury chocolate’s Facebook-fueled Vending Machine


Cadbury is using social media to figure out the best flavored chocolate bar for each person. In this case it analyzes your Facebook profile to match the offerings exactly to your tastes.

Says Cadbury, “Cadbury has created the world’s first flavour-matching social vending machine – introducing the ‘Joy Generator’! Watch chocolate lovers discover their true Cadbury Dairy Milk flavour personality match based on their Facebook likes and interests. Their personalised flavour match block is then automatically dispensed for free!”

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Sriracha Popcorn from J&D’s Foods


J&D’s Foods of Seattle has three lines of pre-popped popcorn which have us quite intrigued. They are the SRIRACHA POPCORN, the BACON POPCORN, and the GHOST PEPPER NACHO POPCORN. Apparently you have to like heat or meat to get into these offerings, but if you do then you are in luck.

Per J&D:

SRIRACHA POPCORNSriracha Thai Hot Chili Flavored, this big-kerneled popcorn packs big flavor. Its perfect balance of spicy-hot, garlic and sweetness coupled with the insane popularity of Sriracha hot chili sauce

6x5c_BaconPopcornRTE2_1BACON POPCORN – This stuff tastes like popping popcorn and wrapping each kernel in savory bacony goodness

GHOST PEPPER NACHO POPCORN – Hot and cheesy has been done before, but NOT like this. We take real ghost peppers (bhukut jolokia) – peppers so hot they’re used as weapons – and add the savory taste of nacho cheese.










Winnie the Pooh Glassware by Nendo of Japan for Walt Disney Japan




Japanese design and consulting firm Nendo, creator of a very long list of cool design objects and products such as the chocolate paintset palette, have come up with a set of glassware for Walt Disney in Japan.

The glassware uses scenes and characters from everyone’s perennially favorite bear, Winnie the Pooh. The 3D Pooh elements are made in yellow silicon, and range from bottle stoppers and lids to coasters



Trump SoHo in NYC Partners with Barcelona’s Natura Bisse Skincare Line

NaturaBisseSkincare-image001Trump SoHo® New York, the neighborhood’s only AAA Five Diamond rated hotel and home to the first authentic luxury hammam in New York City, is partnering with Natura Bissé, the Barcelona-based award-winning luxury skincare company known for its ability to combine the most avant-garde trends with technological innovation and the traditional therapies of different cultures.

The Spa at Trump SoHo features the Natura Bissé skincare product line in all facials and is the first spa in the New York metropolitan region to exclusively feature two new specialized treatments.

Exclusive to The Spa at Trump SoHo, the Natura Bissé Hawaiian Whitening & Brightening Facial features products from Natura Bissé’s Diamond Whitening System. The depigmentation treatment eliminates dark spots by leveraging G3P, the latest-generation glycolic acid exfoliating treatment and Diamond White Expertise, an innovative multi-active exfoliation method. The Facial specializes in addressing skin pigmentation disorders, reducing spots, and evening skin tones.

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Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez announces Summer Concert Series


Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez announces Nile Rodgers & Chic as the headline performer for its upcoming annual summer concert series. Known for their international smash disco hits, such as “Le Freak”, “Dance Dance Dance” and “Good Times,” as well as their recent performance with Daft Punk, Pharell Williams and Stevie Wonder at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Nile Rodgers & Chic will perform on July 17, 2014 at Byblos. The concert starts at 9 PM and will be followed by a closing ceremony orchestrated by Jack-E, resident DJ of the famed Les Caves du Roy nightclub at Byblos.

Every July, Byblos hosts its annual summer concert. Previous headline performers have included the likes of MIKA, Supertramp, Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and Martin Solveig.

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Hotel Byblos is pleased to announce a joint project with Rolls-Royce for the summer 2014 season. The iconic motor company will provide guests of Byblos the newest versionS of the luxurious Phantom, Ghost and Wraith models.


About Hotel Byblos

Located in beautiful Saint Tropez, in the South of France, Hotel Byblos opened in 1967 and is part of the Groupe Floirat collection. The legendary hotel is home to Spa Byblos – a haven of peace and serenity, created by Sisley Cosmetics; Alain Ducasse’s latest culinary concept – Rivea; Algandra – Byblos’ own 65-foot luxury yacht; as well as the famed French nightclub – Les Caves du Roy.