Kangaroo Offers New Security and Environmental Products

The Kangaroo security and smart home company has added a few new products to it’s website, including:

  • Siren and keypad: This siren will sound off when a motion or entry sensor is triggered. Paired with the keypad, users can arm or disarm their sensors with the Roo Tags. The siren also has smart sound recognition for existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms so that users can be notified if they go off. This device costs $69.99.
  • Water and climate sensor: Priced at $29.99, this wireless sensor is intended for use in basements, under sinks, or in any areas of homes with high-humidity. It detects water, humidity as well as extreme temperature changes, meant to detect and prevent leaks as quickly as possible.
  • Roo tags: Available at $24.99 for two tags, the Roo Tags let users arm and disarm their Kangaroo sensors by tapping them on the Siren.

Previously, the company only offered motion and entry sensors in terms of products. Currently, the motion and entry sensors are the only products available on Kangaroo’s Amazon page; their latest products are only available on their website.

Kangaroo Sticker
Kangaroo Sticker

Kangaroo offers self-monitoring as well as 24/7 professional monitoring option with the Complete plan for either $9 a month or $60 a year. The Complete plan also adds on text and voice call notifications, a homeowner’s insurance discount of up to 20%, plus an integration with Alexa. Users not paying for a plan will still receive push notifications from the Kangaroo: Simple Home Security app as well as unlimited user invites.

Based in New York, Kangaroo received $10.26 million in it’s Series A funding round in April led by Greycroft, bringing it’s total funding to $14.6 million. According to a report from FinSMEs, a website that covers venture capitalism and private equity, Kangaroo plans to introduce more new products throughout 2020 including a smoke and CO detector, a security camera and a video doorbell.

FAQs

What is a Kangaroo motion sensor?

A Kangaroo motion sensor is a security sensor from the company Kangaroo. Wireless and available for $14.99, Kangaroo’s motion sensor sends alerts via the Kangaroo: Simple Home Security app so that users can be notified whenever it detects motion within 15 feet.

What is the Kangaroo app?

The Kangaroo: Simple Home Security app allows users to receive notifications, check the statuses of and remotely control their Kangaroo devices. Available for iOS and Android, Kangaroo’s app currently has a 4.7 on the Apple store and a 3.4 on the Google Play store. Users can also use the app to integrate their system with Alexa, if they’re on the paid Complete plan, or invite multiple users.

Where do you mount a motion sensor?

You should mount a motion sensor in rooms on the first floor of your home. It’s best to place your motion sensor in high-traffic areas like your front or side door. Don’t place it facing windows or glass, near heating and air conditioning vents or units or near Wi-Fi routers. Motion sensors should be mounted on walls that are perpendicular to entryways, placed about 5’3″ to 6’6″ off the ground.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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