Birdi, a Brooklyn, NY-based hardware startup that ‘s building a smart air monitor, announced this morning that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding. Participants in this round include Jason Calacanis and Kapor Capital (his AngelList syndicate), Eric Ries, and John Galbraith.
Formerly known as Canary, the company recently relocated to San Francisco and changed its name to Birdi. The company’s first product offering is a smart air monitor that tracks things like pollen, dust, soot, and other health dangers in a user’s home, as well as more urgent concerns like smoke and carbon monoxide. Users can manage the device straight from their iPhone or Android smartphone, and keep track of the overall air quality within their homes at all times.
According to Venture Capital Dispatch, the financing from this seed round will be used towards hiring full-time staff members, move into a new office in San Francisco, and get their current product tested through UL LLC to ensure that it lives up to safety and environmental standards. At the beginning of this year, Birdi raised more than $72,000 for their smart air monitor through an Indiegogo campaign. The company plans to manufacture and ship its first round of Birdi systems in the fourth quarter of this year.