The privacy friendly smart home

Do we have to choose between privacy and convenience?

Candle never connects to the cloud, yet still has all the features you'd expect. It also offers unique privacy protecting features not found in any other smart home system.

Candle is being developed by a collective of designers, artists and privacy experts from Amsterdam. Learn more.

T‌he project is being developed through public funding. supported 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.

E‌asy to use 

Candle has fully local voice control.

Open Source

To improve trust all our source code is freely available.

M‌ore secure 

Because Candle devices do not use WiFi to communicate and do not connect to the internet by default, they are more difficult to hack.

DIY friendly

You can re-create Candle by buying and assembling the parts yourself. Our guides and software make it easy to do - no soldering or programming is required.

  • We're creating a privacy aesthetic

    How could consumers recognize privacy respecting devices?

    Our innovations
  • Introducing: the Anemone

    Disconnect your home's internet when you're asleep or away

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  • Privacy by design

    Learn why jeweler Dinie Besems' devices have 'skirts'

    Lift the skirt
  • Teach your smart home to lie

    What if smart devices could tell little white lies?

    Jesse Howard's innovations

In the picture:

Candle research revealed at Dutch Design Week 2019

  • Dutch Privacy Award

    Candle has won a Dutch Privacy Award!

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  • Spring House

    Candle was exhibited in Spring House in Amsterdam

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  • ThingsCon

    We spoke and exhibited at the conference on responsible IoT

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  • Bright Day

    Candle was selected for the Best of Dutch Design Week exhibit

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Build your own privacy friendly smart home

Our beginner friendly guides help you create your own version of Candle without any soldering or programming.

The central controller

Candle's central hub stores your data, and allows you to create and manage all the connected sensors and switches. It has many innovative features to manage your data, and even offers fully local voice control.

Design by Jesse Howard

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Electricity use sensor

See how much electricity your home uses right now, per hour, and per day.

Design by Jesse Howard

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T‌emperature, humidity and barometer sensor 

The barometer can predict the weather on the spot - no need to connect to a cloud service provider to get this information.

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Smart lock

Open the door with your voice, the app, or even by sending a password in an SMS. For extra security you can choose which phone numbers may do this.

Design by Jesse Howard

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Dust sensor

You can turn off the transmission of data at any time, or even tell the sensor to generate fake data for a while.

Design by Dinie Besems

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CO2 sensor

Use the toggle to disable data transmission. Or use the secret button to generate fake data. That way you can pretend there were less people in the room than there actually were.

Design by Jesse Howard

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Smart alarm clock

Wakes you up when you are in the best moment of your sleep cycle, thanks to a built-in radar motion sensor.

Design by Dinie Besems

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.‌ well as many commercial devices.

All our devices
Getting started
“Our goal is to accelerate the industry towards privacy friendly products by showing innovative examples of what these products could look like.”
— Tijmen Schep
Privacy Designer

A‌re you a producer of smart devices? 

We are looking for companies that would like to take Candle into production.

Would you like an email if Candle ever lauches as a real product?


We believe privacy is an opportunity.

 Learn more about our code, our principles or our workshops.

the community

Our work builds on and combines amazing open source projects.

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Shared principles

We are part of a larger movement that is bringing ethics and technology closer together again.

Our principles

Organise a workshop, or let us do it for you.

Let's get together