Owl Wired featured on The New York Times

The Owl Wired was recently featured in the New York Times in an article titled “The Best Smart Smoke Alarm”

The Owl Wired isn’t just a smoke alarm; it also can detect carbon monoxide, motion, noise, temperature, and humidity.

The Owl Wired is a security system that comes with five different sensors:

  1. Photo-electric Smoke Sensor
  2. Electrochemical CO Sensor
  3. Microwave RADAR Motion Sensor
  4. Microphone with a Physical Power Switch
  5. Temperature & Humidity Sensor

These sensors can detect smoke, carbon monoxide, sound, motion, temperature, and humidity.

What Other Features Does the Owl Wired Have?

  • The Owl Wired also has the ability to become Wi-Fi connect, which gives you access to your data through your own Owl Home mobile app.
  • The owl sensor comes equipped with a built-in siren, and customizable multi-color LED ring to alert users of potential dangers in their house.
  • The Owl Wired comes with a sealed lithium-ion battery that can power the device for months on end in the case of an emergency power outage.
  • It offers software updates so that your owl is always equipped with the latest security and power efficiency improvements.
  • The Owl sensor is an intelligent device that knows when to detect strange movements in your house and alert you when it feels there is danger.
  • We use end-to-end encryption in every Owl so that your security and privacy are always protected no matter what.
  • The Owl Wired has the ability to connect to multiple traditional smoke alarms at a time throughout your house so that you can be informed by phone of smoke in any part of your house.
  • You can charge your Owl Wired through its built-in USB port so that you can charge in your Rv or during outdoor use.
  • You can customize the volume and sound when an alert is triggered through the Owl Home mobile app.

How Do I Set Up My Owl Wired?

Setting up your Owl Wired is intuitive and straightforward; all you need to do is install the backplate to the ceiling by using the screws we provide.

Next, you turn on the owl sensor in the back and connect it to the power source.

Finally, you download the Owl Home mobile app and customize your device to your preferences.

You can preorder your Owl Wired now and expect it to be delivered in October 2021.

The New York Times had this to say about the Owl Wired, “Owl Wired is an all-in-one wired smoke, CO, motion, noise, temp, and humidity detector for $169 from Canada-based startup Owl Home. It can interconnect with traditional wired alarms and the company promises HomeKit, Google, Alexa, and IFTTT support. Pre-orders are open now, and the device should ship in October, but it doesn’t yet have UL certification. We will update this guide when we have tested it.”

As you can see, the Owl Wired is the best all-in-one smart smoke alarm in the market today. It is here to keep your home safe and secured with its five different sensors that detect smoke, Carbon Monoxide, Smoke, Motion, Sound, Temperature, and Humidity.

We keep your data safe with end-to-end encryption for internal and external communication. It comes equipped with an internal backup lithium battery that lasts up to three months that keeps you protected during power outages.

Give us a call today at +1 (613) 973 4834 or send us an email at info@getowlhome.com to preorder your Owl Wired and ask us any questions you may have.

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The chip shortage and how Owl Home is persisting through

It is unfortunate to report the current global semiconductor shortage, however it is important to outline the situation so the real world impacts can be further anticipated and understood. 

Chip Fabrication

Chips are used in a plethora of devices to store data, from medical equipment, to smartphones, to digital cameras, to car brakes, etc.

Semiconductor components are extremely important to the integrated circuit chips, in order to conduct the electricity needed to function.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, is one of the world’s leading chip fabrication foundries and mega suppliers. They supply companies like Apple and Qualcomm.

Because the world, including us at Owl Home, relies on TSMC for the distribution of their chips, this shortage has brought the spotlight onto them. 

How It All Started

Various factors and errors led to the cumulative effect that is now the global chip shortage crisis, with the automotive industry being hit especially hard. Those factors include;

  • The Pandemic: Demands for chipped electronics like laptops and tablets skyrocketed when the workforce transitioned to remote/from-home dynamics. This leads to certain industries (personal tech) dominating the market stock of chips and leaving none for those less affected by the pandemic (automobiles, military, etc).
  • Overcompensation Consequences: When the shortage began, companies like Apple panicked and placed massive orders, hoarding the supply and manufacturing labor and preventing workers from fabricating other future orders. Think the toilet paper shortage at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Trump’s Trade War With China: the situation was further exacerbated by the policing of foreign imports. He blacklisted growing Chinese chip companies like Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, suppressing market production.
  • Lack of Business Continuity Planning: the inability to project potential cumulative consequences forward (re: pandemic, changes, etc) lead to full cancellations in business supply chains at the start of lockdowns. Those chains moved on to bigger and better things in the meantime and are now being held in those high-demand industries. Others who forecasted better aren’t as desperate.

How the Shortage Impacts Us

Unfortunately, Owl Home, we rely heavily on chips, much like the rest of the world. Our devices use ICs to perform sensor detection, radio communications, data processing, and storage. 

Without companies like TSMC running smoothly we could see significant production deceleration.

Some predict the shortage is to stretch into 2023, causing billions in loss. 

How are We Handing

To avoid as much impact as possible we have been proactive since the beginning. 

We began purchasing items with foreseeable shortage potential ahead of time in larger supply than usual. We consulted with manufacturers to understand the patterns they were beginning to see on their ends in order to best anticipate our needs and business continuity.

We also started dealing with domestic manufacturers rather than overseas imported parts. 

We are certainly doing our best in a dire situation to stay afloat. Many of our products use this technology, and these events have reminded us to never take anything for granted. 

We at Owl Home appreciate your continued support and business, and we hope to meet each and every single production demand. We’re proud to say our efforts have paid off thus far. 

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