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By 30 January, 2015
Security device startup Rico raises over $66K in crowdfunding via Kickstarter

Kochi Startup Village incubatee MindHelix Inc. has raised over $66,000 through crowd-funding platform Kickstarter for its product ‘Rico’ that converts one’s spare smartphone into a home security device. The startup aims to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter with seven days left to reach the target.

What is Rico?

Rico is a multi-coloured robot-like device that can convert one’s old smartphone device into a home security device. Rico combines the power of an in-built processor with the features of a smartphone to create an entirely new device. The company claims that anyone with a spare smartphone gets access to affordable smart-home security by plugging it into Rico, removing the clutter of heavy and expensive home security hardware.

Using the device, you can monitor your home from anywhere with the Rico app. Using the current smartphone, you can also live stream video of your living room as well as receive critical alerts at the touch of a button.

The app also allows you to track all the data from various sources in your home, and over time, help you see trends in the way your home environment changes, allowing you to make decisions about optimising how it is run.

Rico has the capability to detect smoke and temperature change at home, monitor carbon monoxide, control smart sockets, and adjust humidity levels. The device is available at $99 a piece.

Set up by two young entrepreneurs Christin Emmanuel George and Kallidil Kalidasan, MindHelix became operational in 2011. George quit the company last month.

The firm had earlier developed two products -- a personal security app called Sentinel and a GPS-based auto fare calculator called Tuk Tuk Meter. The firm has an office in San Francisco, besides Kochi.

Early this year RHLvision, another Startup Village incubatee, had raised $200,000 in funding via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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