Monday, November 11

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DoorBot Door Bell on Shark Tank

Doorbell App for Smart Phones - Episode 510
Smart Doorbell App on Shark Tank Episode 510
The DoorBot answers "Any Door"
on your Smartphone in real time.
  The DoorBot invention is looking to take the doorbell to a whole new level with it's WiFi enabled Video Camera controlled from any Smart phone anywhere in the world. Thinking about that statement it's easy to see a Smart Doorbell has the potential to become a very big market in a very short amount of time. Anytime anyone ever walks up to your front door you will instantly be notified and will be able to see exactly who it is even if your hundreds or thousands of miles away. The DoorBot just sounds to dam cool and something every family having multiple households or vacation homes are going to want to buy.

Smart Doorbell on episode 510 11/15/2013
DoorBot Door Bell's
Now Available Online
James Siminoff the inventor of the DoorBot is coming to the Shark Tank this Friday Night in Episode 510 after a very successful Crowdfunding Campaign which raised over $250,000.00 on ChristieStreet com. Until now I never even heard of Christie Street which it turns out Siminoff also owns or has a controlling interest in this crowd funding site. So how do you go from inventing the DoorBot Video Door Bell and then successfully raise over a quarter million dollars on your own funding site? That's a very good question and the answer is one the Sharks will like hearing if (or when imo) they make a deal with Jame's Siminoff.

The success of the DoorBot actually started with the failure of another invention of Siminoff's called the POP Charging System. Actually the POP was a big success on Kickstarter last Summer when the campaign raised over $139,000.00 with an initial $50k Goal. As the Chief Inventor at Edison Jr., James had the resources to invent new technology gadgets, but lacked the contacts it takes to bring into production on a large scale. By scanning over the comments left on Kickstarter, it looks like Jame's had problems with suppliers with several delays resulting in never getting the finished product. As a result Siminoff decided to return all the money which was the right thing to do, but also created problems between Kickstater and himself.

The lessons learned from the failure of bringing the POP Charging System to Market proved to be invaluable for his next project the DoorBot which is already available online and recently just got picked up by Staples Stores across the country. No doubt there's been some serious money poured into the DoorBot Doorbell Invention within the past several months coming this far along in such a short amount of time. Is this a "Shark Clue" that maybe they already have invested in the Door Bot?

DoorBot before Shark Tank Update:

What makes the DoorBot really interesting not only as a great product helping keep you safer in your home, but the Shark Tank connection it already has with another Shark Tank Product called the Unikey Smart Lock. The Unikey which looks like it changed its name to the Lockitron allows you to turn locks into Smart Locks also controlled by a Smart Phone. By combining the Lockitron with the DoorBot Doorbell you are essentially creating a Smart Front Porch you can see and control from any Smart Phone at any time.

Are the Sharks going to love this idea? I would be willing to bet that at least a few of the Sharks already have the DoorBot's installed on their front doors of all their Homes. When you live in a mansion as big as Mark Cubans, you might even need a box of these things to cover all the entrances.

About the only problem I potentially see with the DoorBot came from a review I read about this Smart Doorbell that may become a concern. The retail price of the DoorBot is only $199 which seems reasonably priced considering  the value this adds to your Home Security system, but at this price how many would-be thieves could easily pop off your DoorBot from your front door?

All in all this is one cool new technology invention that seems to have all the ingredients of success. When you combine the DoorBot with the UniKey Smart Locks, you have the beginnings of a Smart Home you can control from your Smart Phone anywhere in the world. This IS the Future and James Siminoff and the Edison Jr. Team look to be on the cutting edge making it reality.

More Information about the DoorBot Smart Doorbells
DoorBot on FaceBook
Door Bot on Twitter

Update: I just checked the FaceBook page when finishing up this article and looks like the DoorBot is not even being shipped yet. I just assumed after finding it already on they were already in production, but after further review, you can pre-order a DoorBot on a first come first serve basis with a release date of December 1, 2013.


  1. Just got one and sadly it is a far cry from advertised! I hope they figure it out because right now in it's current version it feel like I was deceived in what the product could do versus what it actually CAN do. Very frustrated.

    Here is the less than stellar response I received upon requesting technical support.

    "We apologize for the issues you are experiencing while using your doorbot. Please know we are addressing this issue and will be continually improving the audio and video quality coming from your device in upcoming software updates. We will let you know when the fix is ready and how to initiate the update on your doorbot when the time comes.
    In the meantime, check out this support forum post regarding the issue and what you can expect to see based on various network conditions."

    I do not have slow equipment and was using within 20 feet of router to test. Nice try tech support but you have a long way to go!

  2. I signed up as a backer, finally received my unit over a month ago, and it hasn't worked properly once. Either notifications never come through or are delayed by 45+ seconds, video is never legiable and audio is choppy and distorted. Latest release of android app locks up my phone and notifications take even longer. Signal is %100 at doorbell, I have a 35mb circuit and a gn3. I find it very hard to beleive this product works for anyone unless there is a 2.0 version of the hardware out there doorbot isnt talking about. This device was just not designed well from the beginning.. Doesnt support hidden ssid (altho they claim it does) and sleeps even when hardwired, disconnecting from network and adding to already lengthy time in sending notifications. Posting my negative experience on doorbots Facebook page resulted in my comments being deleted and being blocked from the page. What a way to treat a backer.

  3. The sharks were wise to not fund this company.

    This product (and company) is a disaster. They have made all of the mistakes in design and execution that new companies typically make when run by engineers.

    The DoorBot is a very old version of the product. There were so many problems, they canned the name and reissued a newer version under the name of "Ring". Frankly, the original name was better because it was unique. "Ring" is too generic and a marketing mistake in my opinion. You can't find the product by googling it.

    As for the newer "Ring" version. I ordered one. They charged my credit card immediately, but couldn't ship it. In fact, every 3 weeks I'd get an email promising delivery in a month. After 3 months of delays, I called to say cancel the order, but they said they couldn't because it was already in the shipping process. That was not true because it did not leave their factory until a week later. I sent it back to them immediately and they credited my card. By law, they were required to ship the product within 30 days of charging my card, but they didn't. A good company won't charge your card until the product is shipping.

    SURPRISE, a week after returning the original product, I get an email saying it is being shipped AGAIN!

    Thus, beware of this product and the company. Good idea. Poor execution. In fact, I suggest staying away from any product where it has to communicate through company servers. If the company goes out of business or their server goes down, your product will be useless. I prefer product where smart phones communicate DIRECTLY with the product via the internet, not through a remote company server. Also is a security issue.

  4. Success story?? Read the reviews on this thing - it's a disaster story.