Piper’s home monitoring / security system came from a crowdfunding project. It is one of its success stories and it really works well specially the hardware but on the software side its some kind of a let down and haven’t changed it since 2014.
Androidpolice.com has more details down below:
Piper has been growing up in the meantime, releasing a night vision hardware version, adding Life360 integration, and offering several accessories like sensors and lights, and now it’s ready to graduate its software and automation too.
IFTTT on Piper
There’s a new Piper channel on the automation site IFTTT (If This Then That) that lets you arm your Piper when you leave home, disarm it when you’re back, get notifications and control it from your Android Wear watch, and even trigger arm it through Amazon’s Alexa if you have an Echo or Dot. Having to manually arm/disarm Piper was one of my pet-peeves and since the Android app doesn’t have any real automation except with Life360, I’m happy to see a more accessible method with IFTTT.
It’s a great integration with IFTTT, it will do wonders with the system but beside that Piper also have updated its Android app. Androidpolice.com has the details down below:
The Android App
The Piper Android app (and iOS app) has also been completely revamped. It saddens me how many cool new accessories we see everyday that have a horrible mess of a mobile app, and Piper was one of these. But no more. The new app has lots of Material Design cues, even if it isn’t completely adherent to the guidelines. It is vibrant instead of the dull grey blur that was before. The iconography is more modern and the animations are smoother. There’s also a live view of your Piper(s) right on the dashboard and better accessory integration.
New above, old below
The new android app helps a lot specially on the software integration to the hardware. This means that Piper has been listening to the people who frequently complain about their software.
The Piper cost $199 for the classic hardware and $279 with the Night Vision one, there are also bundles that are available that cost lower. The thing is there is no subscription and won’t hurt the bill monthly.