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October 25, 2013 Update-
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August 26, 2013 Update-
Keen Home on track to produce beta units by January 2014.
Between 100-300 beta units will be produced and placed into 20-50 test homes. We will collect usage data over a period of 60-90 days in order to identify product design changes that need to be implemented in the finished product.
July 6, 2013 Update-
Keen Home has decided to use the ZigBee HA 1.2 wireless protocol standard for its Keen Vent.
ZigBee Home Automation 1.2, is a groundbreaking update to the industry leading standard creating smarter homes around the world; this update enhances and delivers new features and benefits that improve the comfort, security and energy management of consumers and enable new business models for service providers worldwide.
ZigBee Home Automation 1.2 is significant as it adds several important new features that greatly enhance consumer experience, enable expanded service offerings, add new energy awareness features without necessarily connecting to an electric meter and augment functions for devices such as door locks, appliances and a range of sensors.
ZigBee Home Automation is a preferred standard because it offers a combination of low power, reliability, security and scalability that is unmatched in the industry.
June 4, 2013 Update-
A huge thank you to all who helped make the Keen Vent a reality.
With this succesful campaign, we are on pace to meet our production goals of shipping out Keen Vent Systems next year. Over the next few months we will continue to refine the hardware and software development, and complete product testing.
AS SEEN ON
"Keen Home ... aims to follow in Nest’s footsteps"
"maximizes a home's heating and cooling system"
"Keen Homes Does For Your Vents, What Nest Does For Your Thermostat"
"One of the best features of this system is easy installation"
THE EUREKA MOMENT
Have you ever tossed and turned at night because your room was too hot or cold? Well we sure have! Sometimes we’d gaze up at the air vents in our ceiling, the main culprit of our discomfort, wishing we could easily open/close them with our smartphones. Why wasn’t there a product that could help us?
The average American household spends half of its total energy bill on heating and cooling costs. This same home also has 2–4 rooms overheated or over cooled (“over-conditioned”) at any time. This is not only uncomfortable but also terribly energy inefficient. Manually opening and closing various vents is inconvenient and labor intensive.
To solve these issues, we developed the Keen Vent. The Keen Vent is a wirelessly networked home air vent that maximizes the efficiency and comfort of a home’s heating and cooling system by intelligently redirecting central HVAC airflow.
Keen Vents are primarily installed in over-conditioned rooms and automatically open and close in response to specific details of a user’s home and lifestyle—effectively reducing a home’s square footage that needs to be conditioned at that time. The average single family home will need a Keen Vent System (made up of 4 Keen Vents) to optimize their existing HVAC system.
Our tests in homes across the country show that the Keen Vent System shortens the run time of central HVAC systems by up to 30%.
With these efficiency gains, the Keen Vent System pays for itself in the first year of operation.
Anyone with a home Internet connection and a central heating or cooling system can benefit from the Keen Vent, which will be sold in four standard sizes: 4”x10”, 4”x12”, 6”x10”, and 6”x12”. The vent will be made from paintable polycarbonate composite that is attractive and high quality.
All Keen Vents purchased via this pre-order campaign will have LIFETIME software service plans. There will be no additional fees.
Keen Vents are easily user-installed:
To avoid damage to the HVAC fan, only one third of all vents in a home should be Keen Vents. In addition to networked vents, we will also sell non-networked faceplates to allow customers to coordinate all vents in their home. These will be user-installed the same way as networked Keen Vents.
Vent usage information is measured and maintained in the cloud, allowing our proprietary Keen Home software to use customer data to adjust vent schedules according to changing temperatures both inside and outside a user’s home.
STATUS OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
The Keen Vent was born in November 2012.
We have already completed multiple design iterations in order to develop our demo prototype, which is pictured above.
A successful campaign will allow us to complete our product development and produce a unit for beta testing. Production-ready units are expected to ship to U.S. customers in Q3 2014 and Canadian customers by Q4 2014.
U.S. shipping and handling for all Keen Vent perks will be $10.
Canadian shipping and handling for all Keen Vent perks will be $25.
WE NEED YOU
Keen Home’s vision is to bring home automation to the masses in a way that is simple to install and easy to use. We aim to provide products and services that benefit both the customer and the environment.
So here’s how you can help us accomplish our goal:
Contribute. Whether you donate $5 or $500, every dollar you spend goes toward achieving our vision above and that starts with completing development of the Keen Vent.
Promote. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter and tweet about us to your followers. Email friends and family who may be interested.
Benefit. Enjoy the increased comfort and energy efficiency your Keen Vent System provides!
USE OF FUNDS
The proceeds from our campaign will help us with the following 3 initiatives:
1) Complete product development
2) Reduce manufacturing costs
3) Make the Keen Vent System accessible to everyone
Every single Keen Vent system ordered through the Indiegogo campaign will receive our software services for the life of the product.
Indiegogo is the leading international crowd-funding platform with a phenomenal community of users and talent. The organization is incredibly supportive of a variety of ideas, subjects, and creators.
Indiegogo’s culture of embracing innovative technology campaigns aligns well with the Keen Home goal of making home automation available to everyone.
THE KEEN HOME TEAM
Ryan Fant has extensive experience consulting for multiple Fortune 500 manufacturing and distribution firms and has attained his Six Sigma Black Belt. Ryan also co-founded a tech-centric waste and recycling brokerage firm. The company focused on right-sizing service levels while retaining a focus on sustainability.
Nayeem Hussain has spent most of his career focusing on capital raising, corporate development/strategy, and financial analysis for a large technology company. Nayeem also founded N&N Investments LLC, a real estate investment holding company focused on acquiring and renovating distressed properties. Nayeem also has experience with energy efficient home redesign.