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Rico - Turn your used smartphone into a smarthome device

A project in Palo Alto, CA by MindHelix, Inc.

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Rico is the world’s first smart-home security device that uses your spare smartphone as its brain and eyes.
Backers: 753
Average Pledge Per Backer: $158

Funded: $119,120 of $100,000
Dates: Sep 29th -> Oct 29th (30 days)
Project By: MindHelix, Inc.
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Latest News

Thank you!

October 28th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

$500 to target!

October 26th - via:
Hello backer friends!  Rico is just $500 short of its funding goal of $100,000 and looks like we will make it! We gathered support from our distributors and mentors in the last week so we could make Rico possible. If everything goes great, we... (Read More)

Don't Trash Your Old Phone: It's Worth Something

October 17th - via:
MindHelix, a start-up (with a Kickstarter campaign online), is repurposing used smartphones as home security programs. (Read More)

Rico - We are almost there!

October 15th - via:
Hello backer friends!  This is the last, crucial week for Rico and we are right now gathering support from all our friends and family and the entrepreneur community so we can give the last push to the campaign.  Also, thanks a lot for showing great... (Read More)

Rico: Smarthome auf Basis alter Smartphones

October 12th - via:
Nicht jeder hat ein älteres Smartphone Modell rumliegen, aber für alle die ständig auf dem neuesten Modell bestehen, dürfte das ein durchaus gängiges Phänomen sein. Rico will diese brachliegenden Potentiale mit einem neuen Smarthome-Gerät nutzen. (Read More)


October 12th - via:
Turn your used smartphone into a smarthome device. (Read More)

Recycle Your iPhone Into A Home Security System

October 10th - via:
MindHelix's Rico combines customers' used phones with its own sensors to build a cheap, smart home monitoring device. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Roundup: A hybrid smartcam, a robot to play with your pets, and more

October 9th - via:
Each week, TUAW provides readers with an update on new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this update is designed to give readers a heads-up on projects they might find interesting enough to back. (Read More)

Rico - Campaign update

October 4th - via:
Hello friends! We have got some interesting stuff here for you on this update, here are the renderings of the color options many of you have asked for on Rico - Black, White and also my personal addition to the list is a Grey shade Rico. Let me know... (Read More)

Rico campaign update - Staff pick, 21% goal achieved, 261 backers

October 3rd - via:
Hello everyone!  Rico has gone past multiple milestones today all because of your incredible support. Rico became a Kickstarter "staff pick" project 4 days after launch and we also went past 21% of our funding goal today. Rico is being picked up by... (Read More)

Rico gives your old iPhone a second life as a smarthome bot

October 3rd - via:
Deciding to buy a new iPhone is always easier than figuring out what to do with the old smartphone its replacing. 280 million used smartphones are expected to be shoved back into closest and drawers by the end of 2014 rather than being recycled, but the folks at MindHelix have come up with a novel solution: turn it into a smart-home security robot named Rico. (Read More)

Rico gives your old smartphone a job in home security

October 1st - via:
Almost every day, it seems, breakfast is accompanied by the debut of a next generation smartphone that makes our perfectly capable current models look positively antiquated. Whether you patiently wait for the end of your contract before upgrading or contact your provider straight away, you're existing pocket pal will likely be retired to a powered off eternity in an infrequently opened drawer somewhere. The folks over at Mindhelix want to give that old phone a new lease of life in the Rico home security and monitoring system. (Read More)

Thanks for the incredible first day!

September 29th - via:
Thanks to all our incredible backers who have funded us right on the first day. We have met 12% of our goal at the end of the day and we have had incredible support from our backer community as comments and suggestions, most of which have helped us... (Read More)

Hugs from Rico to all our backers!

September 29th - via:
Rico is a completely new way of conserving our environment and finding really new and cool ways to reuse and re-purpose our used smartphones.  Thanks for joining in to make Rico possible!  (Read More)

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