There’s a likable trend brewing. Affordable home automation used to be complicated and the equipment was generally ugly. Nest made the humble thermostat both smart and beautiful, Jawbone made door locks smart and iPhone-controlled, and now a new Indiegogo project Canary aims to do the same for home security .

Like Nest, Canary aims to learn from your living patterns. For example, it learns what time people leave and enter your house, then alerts you on your iPhone if someone enters at a different time. There’s a built-in HD cam and microphone to enable you to see for yourself what’s happening.

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Canary will retail for $199, with a $149 Early Bird Special currently available for early backers.

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