Xentry Turns Old Smartphones into High-Tech Peepholes

With how fast-paced mobile technology seems to evolve, it is not surprising to have a bunch of years-old smartphones that are rendered unusable in today’s standards. One company is aiming to put these old phones to good use, turning them into futuristic peepholes with the help of Xentry.

Created by Xavage Technologies, Xentry is a phone casing that attaches to your front door. Using the sensors of your old iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate, the phone’s front camera attaches to Xentry’s customized peephole, allowing homeowners to view whoever is outside through their currently-owned smartphones.

This “smart door” system, along with its own app, can also stream real-time video and audio of what goes on at the front door. Xentry works with your home’s Wi-Fi network, so there is no need to insert a SIM card in the door-mounted phone. It also has the ability to disguise your voice as you respond to the caller waiting at the door; detect door movement (with the help of the phone’s gyroscope) so it alerts you if someone is trying to intrude into your home; and a virtual receptionist feature that triggers a message as a visitor opens the door.

The Xentry app also takes still photos of whoever is waiting at the door, and has the ability to adjust the camera’s zoom and exposure levels. The door-mounted camera can even connect to multiple in-home smartphone owners, so even your kid could see the stranger at the front door.

The charging, however, seems to be a bit of a hassle. While the housing is designed to integrate the phone’s charging cable, Xavage states that homeowners are “expected to use their existing charging plug and USB cable”. A 15-feet USB adaptor cable is included in the Xentry package.

The company is hoping to raise $200,000 through Indiegogo to make Xentry a full-fledged product. They plan on producing two models: one designed for iPhones 3GS to 4S, and another for Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate. Xentry is expected to be priced at around $55 once it is mass produced.

Source: Indiegogo, via TechCrunch

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