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Review: Cocoon Smart Home Security System


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If you are in the market for a new home security camera, we have our review of the Cocoon Smart Home Security System.

Cocoon’s unique multi-room Subsound technology senses unusual sounds in your home, not just the room you place it in.

It’s Artificial Intelligence detects unwanted activity and learns to better protect your home, alerting you instantly if something unusual happens.

From the moment you turn it on Cocoon starts learning the unique ‘sound signature’ of your home, changing its security over time as your home changes.

This means you can trust it to decide when there’s something you need to know about.

And when it’s just the pet coming in.

Cocoon keeps your home protected and keeps you posted. Around the clock every day.

Who are Cocoon?

From their website:

“Cocoon first launched on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo in November 2014, smashing the campaign target in the first three days. Within a month Cocoon had been pre-sold to customers in over 50 countries, featured in almost every major tech publication and had secured seed funding from Breed Reply Investments.

Since early 2015 our team has grown from the initial 5 founders to a team of more than 30 based in Leeds and London.”


What’s in the box?

The box contains the Cocoon, a power supply, ring mount to sit on, manual and a sticker.

A Closer Look

Configuring and Using Cocoon

Once you have plugged in the Cocoon to a power socket you need to configure it. All this is done via an app and your smartphone. Download the app and follow the steps.

Once you have completed all the setup steps, the Cocoon will check for any available updates and will automatically download and install them for you.

And that’s it – you are ready to go! The app will show you a number of items, including today’s activity and give you the option to watch the camera live.

You can also arm the system or sound the siren if you feel the need to.

Here is a video of Cocoon in action:

Final Thoughts

The Cocoon is very small and lightweight – about the size of a tennis ball. It comes with a small ring base that you sit the Cocoon on to keep it stable. The power supply has a long cable in case you wanted to put the Cocoon away from a plug socket.

Setting up the Cocoon was very simple and quick – all I needed to do was plug it in, download and run the app, switch on location services on my phone and run through all the set up steps. That was it!

You can use the Cocoon in whatever way suite you. You can watch it live, or you can wait until you receive notifications – both of these options work very well.

The camera covers 120 degrees and has 720p HD video and also has night vision. The picture quality is very good and the night vision works very well too and you get good coverage from the wide angled lens. The only thing I would have preferred would have been a 1080p camera instead of the 720p one, but maybe in the next version they will do that?

I liked that I could trigger the siren if I wanted to, rather than having it go off with a false alarm. The siren itself is loud, so you really don’t want it going off unless you need it!

The subsound technology works very well – it takes a little while to learn your environment but once it does it picks up noise when you need it to.

If you forget to arm the Cocoon when you leave the house, don’t worry – it will automatically arm when you phone leaves the house.

All in all the Cocoon is a great little security device and camera, and it works pretty much out of the box. If you are thinking of getting something then you should definitely take a look at the Cocoon.

The Cocoon Smart Home Security System is available now priced £159.00.

You can learn more from the Cocoon website.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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