The privacy friendly smart home
Do we have to choose between privacy and convenience?
Candle is a privacy focused smart home demonstrator. Our prototypes prove it's technically possible to build a privacy respecting smart home while maintaining convenience.
Candle is being developed by a collective of designers, artists and privacy experts from Amsterdam. While the main goal is raising awareness, we're also interested in working with partners to bring these innovations to market.
The project is funded by the Dutch Fund for the Creative Industries, and has received EU funding through the Sherpa research program for ethical AI.
Privacy by Design
Candle is "cloudless": your data never leaves your home.
Family and friends shouldn't feel watched or profiled in your home. That's why some of the devices can generate fake data.
To make devices more transparent and trustworthy, all the source code is freely available.
Easy to use
Candle supports local voice control.
Because Candle devices do not use WiFi to communicate and do not connect to the internet by default, they are more difficult to hack.
You can re-create Candle by buying and assembling the parts yourself. Our guides make it easy to do - no soldering or programming is required.
Candle was launched at Dutch Design Week 2019
But you can also see it at:
Build it yourself
Plant health sensor
One device can monitor the moisture level of up to five plants simultaneously, and tell you which ones are thirsty. You could trigger automatic irrigation if you wanted to.
“Our goal is to accelerate the industry towards privacy friendly products by showing innovative examples of what these products could look like.”