Smart Homes Report, September 2016

Smart Homes Report, September 2016
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Contents
Topic
Page No.
Scope of Report
05
Entrepreneur Activity
07
Investment Trend
11
Who is Investing
19
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
23
Sub Sector Analysis
26
Interesting Companies
38
Useful Links
42
Company List
45
Team & About Tracxn
181
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Illustrative Sectors We Track
ENTERPRISE
INFRASTRUCTURE
TECHNOLOGY
MOBILE
ENTERPRISE
APPLICATIONS
SECURITY
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
MOBILE COMMERCE
SAAS
STORAGE
SMART HOMES
MOBILE PAYMENTS
MOBILE-FIRST ENT. APPS
NETWORKING
SMART CARS
MOBILE MARKETING
INTELLIGENT ENT. APPS
MOBILITY
SMART CITIES
MOBILE DEV TOOLS
OPEN SOURCE
IT OPS
INDUSTRIAL IOT
MOBILE HEALTH
RETAIL TECH
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE
IOT INFRASTRUCTURE
MOBILE GAMING
MARKETING TECH
API MANAGEMENT
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGNECE
MOBILE LEARNING
STEALTH MODE
BIGDATA INFRASTRUCTURE
AR/VR
MOBILE COMMUNICATION
VERTICAL SAAS
TECH
FINTECH
EDUCATION
HEALTHCARE
INTERNET OF THINGS
BITCOIN
EDUCATION IT
LIFE SCIENCES
3D PRINTING
PAYMENTS
SELF LEARNING
DIGITAL HEALTH
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Sector overview
Scope of report
As the IoT wave is hitting every device whether personal or commercial, it is impacting everyday home devices as well. Smart
Homes sector is coming up as there is need to automate everyday repetitive home functions and make them more efficient.
Dumb home devices are giving way to smart solutions.
This report covers connected solutions which enable monitoring and control of home devices and operations. Report covers
companies which are developing solutions for automating home functions, these solutions are connected to users smartphones
through cloud giving user higher level of insight and control. Report also includes smartphone apps which are able to connect to
most of home automation devices thus making them interoperable and acts as a common platform for monitoring and control.
All the companies developing home devices that are not connected to cloud and are dumb are left out of this report, devices
which are remote controlled using IR or Bluetooth are also excluded from this report.
The scope of this report includes equity as well as debt funding received by the companies.
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Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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YoY – Number of companies founded
Nest
Misfit Wearables
Ring Labs
Juicero
Blink
Deako
Bidgely
Tado
Canary
August
EVA Automation
Linkbee
180
167
Number of Companies
144
135
108
91
82
72
36
36
22
0
2010
2011
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2012
2013
2014
2015
Large Upcoming Sectors
No. of Companies
Founded
Average
Age
No. of Companies
Funded
37
2013.4
18
Home Automation > Smart Kitchen
179M
32
2013.3
17
Home Automation > Locks
66M
15
2013.2
9
Home Automation > Monitoring > Air
56M
90
2012.6
32
Home Automation > Devices Management
323M
64
2012.5
17
Home Automation > Switches & Plugs
50M
46
2012.1
21
Home Automation > Gardening
133M
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Business Model
Total
Funding
Example
Niche Upcoming Sectors
No. of Companies Average No. of Companies
Founded
Age
Funded
Business Model
Total
Funding
22
2011.5
11
Home Automation > Thermostats
102M
35
2011
15
Home Automation > Home Lighting
100M
26
2010.3
20
Home Automation > Monitoring > Energy Usage
121M
49
2009.4
25
Home Security > Video Monitoring & Alerts
366M
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Tracxn Picks
Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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YoY – Number of Rounds and Total Funding
600
120
$524M
99
480
98
$464M
$450M
96
71
360
$272M
$256M
72
$273M
59
240
48
$192M
120
19
17
37
24
$96M
10
14
0
0
2008
2009
2010
2011
Funding Amount
2012
2013
Number of Rounds
Note: The funding includes debt rounds also.
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2014
2015
2016
Number of Rounds
Funding Amount (in Millions)
$417M
YoY – Number of Rounds by Stage
100
4
3
33
35
Number of Rounds
80
60
4
5
19
40
24
1
11
20
50
48
38
2
5
4
0
2011
26
22
2012
2013
2014
Seed
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Early
Late
2015
2016
YoY – Funding by Stage
500
Total Funding Amount (in Millions)
400
$50M
$200M
$237M
300
$132M
200
$322M
$1M
$209M
$189M
100
$174M
$116M
$51M
$29M
0 $1M
2011
$9M
$21M
$28M
$39M
2012
2013
2014
2015
Seed
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Early
Late
$31M
2016
Average Ticket Size – Early Stage
60.0
$51.6M
Funding Amount (in Millions)
48.0
36.0
$26.0M
24.0
12.0
$20.7M
$11.0M
$3.3M
0.0
$0.4M
2011
$8.9M
$3.6M
$6.4M
2012
Seed
$7.7M
$7.2M
$7.7M
$0.6M
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$9.2M
$0.7M
$0.7M
$1.2M
2013
2014
2015
Series A
Series B
$1.9M
2016
Top investments in last one year
Company
Funding
Amount
Round
Name
Date
Investors
vivint.com
Vivint
(Provo, 1999)
$100M
PE
Apr-2016
Solamere Capital
juicero.com
Juicero
(San Francisco, 2013)
$70M
Series B
Mar-2016
ARTIS Ventures, DBL Partners, KPCB, Campbell Soup Co, First Beverage
Group, GV, Thrive Capital, Two Sigma Ventures
ring.com
Ring Labs
(Santa Monica, 2012)
$61M
Series C
Mar-2016
KPCB
parrot.com
Parrot Group
(Paris, 1994)
$35M
PE
Nov-2015
Bpifrance
netatmo.com
Netatmo
(Paris, 2011)
$32M
Series B
Nov-2015
Legrand, Iris Capital, Bpifrance
ring.com
Ring Labs
(Santa Monica, 2012)
$28M
Series B
Aug-2015
J F Shea Company, True Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Sky Dayton,
American Family Ventures
innit.com
Innit
(San Francisco, 2013)
$25M
Series A
Nov-2015
tado.com
Tado
(Munich, 2011)
$23M
Series C
Apr-2016
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Inven Capital
Top investments in last one year
Company
Funding
Amount
Round
Name
Date
Investors
Eclipse VC, Lumia Capital, Sound Ventures, Vaizra Investments, Lerer
Hippeau Ventures, First Round Capital, Foundry Group, Promus Ventures
juneoven.com
June
(San Francisco, 2013)
$23M
Series A
Mar-2016
dessmann.com.cn
Dessmann
(Hangzhou, 2009)
$19M
Series A
Apr-2016
innit.com
Innit
(San Francisco, 2013)
$18M
Series A
Jul-2016
tado.com
Tado
(Munich, 2011)
$17M
Series B
Oct-2015
Target Partners, Shortcut, BayBG, Siemens, homeserveplc.com, Statkraft
Ventures
bidgely.com
Bidgely
(Sunnyvale, 2010)
$17M
Series B
Nov-2015
Constellation Technology Ventures, E.on, RWE Global, Khosla Ventures
sevenhugs.com
Seven Hugs
(Paris, 2013)
$15M
Series A
Jun-2016
Xerys
orvibo.com
Orvibo
(Shenzhen, 2011)
$13M
Series A
Aug-2015
Legend Star, MediaTek
getluma.com
Luma
(Atlanta, 2014)
$13M
Series A
Apr-2016
Accel Partners, Amazon, Felicis Ventures, Base Ventures, BIP Capital,
Relay Ventures, Webb Investment Network, 500 Startups
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Funnel view of Sector
Percent of
Previous
Founded
628
Funded
229
Series A
36%
113
Series B
49%
40
Late
19
M&A & IPO
22
0
35%
140
280
420
Number of Companies
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560
700
Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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Most Active Investors in Sector
Latch
Ring Labs
Misfit Wearables
Deako
Ring Labs
June
Seven Hugs
Luma
Netatmo
Ring Labs
Revolv
iControl
Canary
Eight
June
Rachio
Petnet
Silk Labs
Parrot Group
iControl
8
8
6
6
6
5
5
5
500 Startups
Bpifrance
Charles River
Ventures
10
9
Total Number of Rounds
8
7
6
4
2
0
Techstars
KPCB
Khosla Ventures
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Y Combinator
First Round
Capital
Foundry
Group
Kima
Ventures
Where are Top Investors investing
Techstars
Home
Automation
Home
Security
Latch,
Revolv,
Notion
KPCB
Khosla
Ventures
Juicero, Nest,
Misfit
Wearables
Bidgely
Ring Labs,
iControl,
Dropcam
Canary
Smart Home
Suite
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Y
First Round
Combinator
Capital
Deako
Eight
Petcube
June
SmartThings
Ambient
Devices
Ring Labs
Foundry
Group
Kima
Ventures
500
Startups
June
Rachio
Revolv
Seven Hugs
Petnet
Orange Chef
Luma
Ninja Blocks
Keecker
Silk Labs
Alfred
Bpifrance
Charles
River
Ventures
Parrot Group
Qivivo
Withings
Netatmo
Ring Labs
iControl
Top Investor by Stage of Entry
Seed
Series A
Series B
Later Stage
Techstars
7
Bpifrance
3
KPCB
3
Kima Ventures
6
Khosla Ventures
3
Khosla Ventures
3
HAX
5
500 Startups
2
J F Shea Company
2
Plug and Play Tech Center
5
Accel Partners
2
Qualcomm Ventures
2
Y Combinator
5
Cheetah Mobile
2
Two Sigma Ventures
2
R/GA
4
First Round Capital
2
Felicis Ventures
3
Formation 8
2
Foundry Group
3
Founders Fund
2
Galvanize
3
Foundry Group
2
Lerer Hippeau Ventures
3
Jingdong
2
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KPCB
3
Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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Top IPOs in last three years
IPO Date
Jun-2015
Jul-2013
Company
alarm.com
control4.com
Alarm
(Washington D.C., 2000)
Control4
(Salt Lake City, 2003)
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Overview
Funding
Amount
Wireless security and energy management systems
TCV, Egis Captial Partners, ABS Capital Partners
$165M
Wireless home automation infrastructure
GSV Capital, Foundation Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Vispring, Mercato Partners, Frazier
Technology Ventures, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, University Venture Fund, Venture
Capital, Cisco Investments, Sapphire Ventures, Signal Peak
$93M
Major Acquisitions
Date
Company
Apr-2016
withings.com
Withings
(Moulineaux, 2008)
Oct-2014
revolv.com
Revolv
(Boulder, 2012)
Acquirer
Deal
Size
nokia.com
$191M USD
Developer of an array of connected products
Bpifrance, 360 Capital Partners, Idinvest Partners, Ventech
$33.83M
Undisclosed
Connect and unify wireless home electronics
Foundry Group, Techstars, Social Leverage, SK Ventures, American
Family Ventures, Social Leverage
$6.88M
$47.8M
nest.com
Overview
Total
Funding
Jun-2014
dropcam.com
Dropcam
(San Francisco, 2009)
nest.com
$550M USD
Developers of video monitoring hardware and software technology
Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, KPCB, Felicis Ventures,
Institutional Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bay
Partners, Pinnacle Ventures
Apr-2014
blacksumac.com
Blacksumac
(Ottawa, 2012)
icontrol.com
Undisclosed
Video monitoring for home security
Capital Angels
$310K
Home Comfort Zones
(Beaverton, 2002)
getemme.com
Undisclosed
Energy efficiency systems for home
$7.5M
Developed home monitoring system
Qualcomm Ventures, Trinity Ventures, InterWest Partners, Leapfrog
Ventures
$17M
Oct-2012
July-2012
avaak.com
Avaak
(San Diego, 2004)
netgear.com
$31M USD
Nov-2010
ucontrol.com
uControl
(Austin, 2006)
icontrol.com
Undisclosed
Sep-2009
getgreenbox.com
Greenbox
(San Bruno, 2006)
silverspringnet.
com
Undisclosed
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Home Security, Automation Platform
Energy management platform
Harmony Partners
$9.53M
$2M
Scope of Report
Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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September 2016
Tracxn Bluebox : Smart Homes
620+ companies in the sector, 202 funded in last 5 years, $867M invested in 2015/16
Most Active Investors: KPCB, Khosla Ventures Kima Ventures, Felicis Ventures, First Round Capital
$1.3B
HOME AUTOMATION
Devices Management
Thermostat
$327M
$102M
Nest Labs (2010, Acq $3.2B)
Smartphone Apps
Smart Kitchen
Tekoia (2012, $1M)
Monitoring
Tado (2011, Acq $34M)
$176M
Orangechef (2011, $3M)
Radiators
$288M
Leeo (2013, $37M)
Air
Water
Energy Usage
Connected yard (2014, $2.2M)
Bidgely (2010, $25M)
Switches & Plugs
ThinkEco (2008, $7M)
HOME SECURITY
Video Monitoring & Alerts
Home Lighting
$97M
Matterport (2011, $56M)
$13M
Ecovent (2012, $9M)
Hello (2013, $35M)
Remote AC Management $57M
Gardening
$129M
Rachio (2012, $10M)
$48M
Locks
$66M
Latch (2014, $17M)
$482M
$366M
Canary (2012, $41M)
Occupancy Detection
$7M
Cocoon (2014, $4M)
SMART HOME SUITE
Practice Area – Technology | Analyst: @Vivek
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$345M
Cumulative funding in the sector
Top Business Models by Funding
Control4
Ring Labs
Alarm
Savant Systems
iControl
Vivint
Total Funding Amount (in Millions)
1600
$1.3B
1280
960
640
$482M
$345M
320
0
# Cos.
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
506
70
41
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Home Automation – Business Model Description
Devices that automate and give the user control over some home device.
Monitoring
Devices Management
Switches & Plugs
Gardening
Smart Kitchen
Devices that enable
monitoring of home
parameters like air
quality, water and gas
leakage, energy usage
etc.
Hubs
that
enable
control of different
smart home devices
while making them
interoperable
Connected switches &
plugs
to
control
plugged in devices and
most
of
times
monitoring
energy
usage
Devices that enable
indoor/outdoor
gardening with higher
insights,
smart
sprinklers are also
included.
Devices connecting and
automating
kitchen
function.
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Home Automation – Entrepreneur Activity and
Investment Trend
160
Distribution of Companies across Countries
250
139
128
Number of Companies
Number of Companies Founded
YoY – No. of Companies Founded
106
96
76
72
64
29
32
15
15
2009
2010
7
0
222
200
150
100
46
50
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
United
States
India
YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds
24
17
15
15
China
United
Kingdom
Canada
France
Germany
Israel
79
320
350
90
72
57
$248M
240
160
30
1
$34M
6
$33M
2008
2009
14
$53M
$39M
$34M
2010
2011
2012
$161M
54
36
10
18
0
2013
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2014
2015
Funding Amount (in Millions)
81
$348M
BM wise Investment
Number of Rounds
Funding Amount (in Millions)
400
0
25
0
2008
80
30
$328M
$288M
280
210
$177M
$129M
140
$102M
$98M
70
0
Devices
Management
Monitoring Smart Kitchen
Gardening
Thermostats Home Lighting
Home Automation – Most Funded Companies
Company
control4.com
Control4
(2003, Salt Lake City)
savant.com
Savant Systems
(2005, Barnstable)
juicero.com
peel.com
Juicero
(2013, San Francisco)
Overview
Business Model
Funding
Amount
Wireless home automation infrastructure
GSV Capital, Foundation Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Vispring, Mercato Partners, Frazier
Technology Ventures, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, University Venture Fund, Venture
Capital, Cisco Investments, Sapphire Ventures, Signal Peak
Home Automation >
Devices Management
$93M
App and hub for connected device management
KKR
Home Automation >
Devices Management
$90M
Internet connected kitchen appliance (juicer) manufacturer
KPCB, Thrive Capital, GV, Interplay Ventures, Vast Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, Double
Bottom Line Investors, Mindfull Investors, ARTIS Ventures, Campbell Soup Co, First
Beverage Group, DBL Partners, ICH Group
Home Automation >
Smart Kitchen
$89.8M
Home Automation >
Devices Management >
Smartphone App
$86.7M
Universal remote with user engagement feature
Peel
Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Kapor Capital, Harrison Metal, Baseline
(2009, Mountain View)
Ventures, TransLink Capital, Alibaba Group
nest.com
Nest
(2010, Palo Alto)
Hardware and software for monitoring home energy consumption.
Lightspeed Venture Partners, KPCB, Shasta Ventures, Venrock, Point Judith Capital, Google Home Automation >
Ventures, Intertrust, Generation Investment Management, Darwin Ventures,
Thermostats
CoyoteRidgeVC, Red Sea Ventures, C4 Ventures
hydropoint.com
HydroPoint
(2002, Petaluma)
Smart water management solutions provider
Monitor Ventures, J F Shea Company, RockPort Capital, Chrysalix EVC, Firelake Capital,
Scenic Ventures, Toro, Seven Mile Capital Partners
Home Automation >
Gardening
tado.com
Tado
(2011, Munich)
Smart AC management devices for homes
Siemens, Target Partners, Shortcut, BayBG, homeserveplc.com, Inven Capital, Statkraft
Ventures
Home Automation >
Remote AC Management
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$80M
$67.8M
$57M
Home Security – Business Model Description
Connected security solutions to enable 24/7 home security monitoring and detect intruders.
Video Monitoring & Alerts
Video monitoring solutions that use
the cloud to host the feed and
possess some form of recognition
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Occupancy Detection
Sensors
for
occupants
detecting
home
Home Security – Entrepreneur Activity and
Investment Trend
Distribution of Companies across Countries
19
20
40
15
16
12
Number of Companies
Number of Companies Founded
YoY – No. of Companies Founded
10
8
8
4
3
4
3
1
0
32
24
16
8
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
United
States
$113M
120
15
96
$86M
16
13
$76M
72
10
$56M
10
10
48
6
$23M
2
2008
4
$23M
2
2009
$14M
2
2010
2
3
$13M
0
2011
2012
2013
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2014
2015
Number of Rounds
Funding Amount (in Millions)
4
4
3
China
France
India
Canada
3
2
1
United Germany Australia
Kingdom
BM wise Investment
Funding Amount (in Millions)
YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds
0
4
0
2008
24
38
400
$367M
320
240
160
80
$7M
0
Video Monitoring & Alerts
Occupancy Detection
Home Security – Most Funded Companies
Company
Overview
Business Model
Funding
Amount
Ring Labs
(2012, Santa Monica)
Video doorbell
First Round Capital, Upfront Ventures, Charles River Ventures, KPCB, True Ventures, J F
Shea Company, American Family Ventures, QueensBridge Venture Partners, Sky Dayton,
VTF Capital
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$94.7M
icontrol.com
iControl
(2003, Redwood City)
Connected home mgmt. software & video monitoring device
ADT Security Services, Cisco, Charles River Ventures, KPCB, GE, Intel Capital, Comcast
Ventures, Dawn Capital, Rogers Communications, Tyco, Silicom Ventures, Cisco
Investments
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$93.5M
simplisafe.com
SimpliSafe
(2006, Boston)
Home security alarm system
Sequoia Capital
Home Security
$57M
Home Security
$48M
ring.com
august.com
August
(2013, San Francisco)
Smart lock and access system
Bessemer Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Maveron, SoftTech VC, SanDisk,
Rothenberg Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Quotidian Ventures, Morado
Ventures, and others
dropcam.com
Dropcam
(2009, San Francisco)
Developers of video monitoring hardware and software technology
Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, KPCB, Felicis Ventures, Institutional Venture
Partners, Menlo Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bay Partners, Pinnacle Ventures
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$47.8M
canary.is
Canary
(2012, New York City)
Safety sensor device for home monitoring
Khosla Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Two Sigma Ventures, Flextronics,
Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Cota Capital, MetaProp NYC, Walden Riverwood Ventures
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$41.2M
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Smart Home Suite – Business Model Description
Companies providing multiple home automation and security solutions or both.
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Smart Home Suite – Entrepreneur Activity and
Investment Trend
12
Distribution of Companies across Countries
11
16
10
7
6
4
5
2
Number of Companies
Number of Companies Founded
YoY – No. of Companies Founded
2
1
1
2008
2009
2
2
0
14
13
10
8
6
4
3
3
2
1
1
1
Australia
Chile
Finland
0
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
United
States
India
China
United
Kingdom
YoY – Total Funding and No. of Rounds
7
$469M
6
400
6
4
300
$215M
200
3
$125M
2
$209M
3
3
3
100
$56M
1
1
$1M
2010
2011
0
2008
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2009
2012
4
$10M
$6M
2013
2014
1
0
2015
Number of Rounds
Funding Amount (in Millions)
500
Norway
Smart Home Suite – Most Funded Companies
Company
alarm.com
Alarm
(2000, Washington D.C.)
Overview
Business Model
Funding
Amount
Wireless security and energy management systems
TCV, Egis Captial Partners, ABS Capital Partners
Smart Home Suite
$165M
Smart Home Suite
$100M
vivint.com
Vivint
(1999, Provo)
Developers of home automation systems
Summit Partners, Bank of America, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Zions Bank,
Peterson Partners, Regiment Capital Advisors, Madison Capital, Peterson Partners,
Solamere Capital, Bregal Sagemount
netatmo.com
Netatmo
(2011, Paris)
Thermostat, video monitoring and personal weather station and air quality sensor
devices for use with Android and iOS apps.
Iris Capital, Bpifrance, Legrand, C4 Ventures
Smart Home Suite
$37.8M
idevicesinc.com
iDevices
(2010, Avon)
Smart devices which wirelessly connect to mobile devices and PCs
Connecticut Innovations, Stonehenge Capital, Allegion, Stonehenge Growth Capital
Smart Home Suite
$19.95M
ilifesmart.com
LifeSmart
(2014, Hangzhou)
Smart home solution provider
SAIF Partners China, Haier, Foxconn Electronics, Tisiwi Ventures
Smart Home Suite
$9.4M
wigwag.com
WigWag
(2012, Austin)
Cloud intelligent device platform to enable home and commercial automation
cscventurecapital.com
Smart Home Suite
$3.86M
ipdatatel.com
ipDatatel
(2007, Sugar Land)
Developer of wireless devices for home
Genesis Park
Smart Home Suite
$2.85M
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Entrepreneur Activity
Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
Interesting Companies
Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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Interesting Series B Companies
Company
Overview
Business Model
Total
Funding
Juicero
(2013, San Francisco)
Internet connected kitchen appliance (juicer) manufacturer
KPCB, Thrive Capital, GV, Interplay Ventures, Vast Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures,
Double Bottom Line Investors, Mindfull Investors, ARTIS Ventures, Campbell Soup
Co, First Beverage Group, DBL Partners, ICH Group
Home Automation > Smart
Kitchen
$89.8M
August
(2013, San Francisco)
Smart lock and access system
Bessemer Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Maveron, SoftTech VC,
SanDisk, Rothenberg Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Quotidian
Ventures, Morado Ventures, Industry Ventures, Second Century Ventures, Rho
Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, KDDI, CAA Ventures, Singtel Innov8, Global Brain,
Dolby Family Ventures, Center Electric, QueensBridge Venture Partners
Home Security
$48M
canary.is
Canary
(2012, New York City)
Safety sensor device for home monitoring
Khosla Ventures, Western Technology Investment, Two Sigma Ventures,
Flextronics, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Cota Capital, MetaProp NYC, Walden
Riverwood Ventures
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$41.2M
bidgely.com
Bidgely
(2010, Sunnyvale)
Enables consumers to monitor and manage their household energy use
Khosla Ventures, Plug and Play Tech Center, E.on, RWE Global, Constellation
Technology Ventures
Home Automation >
Monitoring > Energy Usage
$24.6M
juicero.com
Curated list of companies by the sector analyst are defined as Interesting
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Interesting Late Stage Companies
Company
Overview
Business Model
Total
Funding
Ring Labs
(2012, Santa Monica)
Video doorbell
First Round Capital, Upfront Ventures, Charles River Ventures, KPCB, True
Ventures, J F Shea Company, American Family Ventures, QueensBridge Venture
Partners, Sky Dayton, VTF Capital
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$94.7M
icontrol.com
iControl
(2003, Redwood City)
Connected home management software and video monitoring device
ADT Security Services, Cisco, Charles River Ventures, KPCB, GE, Intel Capital,
Comcast Ventures, Dawn Capital, Rogers Communications, Tyco, Silicom
Ventures, Cisco Investments
Home Security > Video
Monitoring & Alerts
$93.5M
peel.com
Peel
(2009, Mountain View)
Universal remote with user engagement feature
Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Kapor Capital, Harrison Metal,
Baseline Ventures, TransLink Capital, Alibaba Group
Home Automation > Devices
Management > Smartphone
App
$86.7M
tado.com
Tado
(2011, Munich)
Smart AC management devices for homes
Siemens, Target Partners, Shortcut, BayBG, homeserveplc.com, Inven Capital,
Statkraft Ventures
Home Automation > Remote
AC Management
$57M
ring.com
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Top Funded Deadpooled Companies
Company
Overview
Business Model
Total
Funding
lagotek.com
Lagotek
(2005, Bellevue)
Wireless Home Automation
Ecosystem Ventures
Home Automation
$5.06M
ninjablocks.com
Ninja Blocks
(2011, Eveleigh)
Ninja Blocks platform helps to build web & mobile apps that offer solutions
connect physical devices to web.
500 Startups, Blackbird Ventures, Artesian, Startmate, Singtel Innov8
Home Automation > Devices
Management
$1.73M
qitio.com
Qitio
(2009, Warsaw)
Alarm systems based on the M2M Technology
litehouse.io
Litehouse
(2014, San Jose)
centersonic.com
Centersonic
(2013, Wetzlar)
Home Security
$500k
Voice control platform for Internet of Things
Plug and Play Tech Center
Home Automation > Devices
Management > Voice
Interface
$25k
Solutions for smart home device management
Wayra
Home Automation > Devices
Management
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Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
Sub Sector Analysis
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Useful Links
Company List
Team & About Tracxn
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Sub Sector Understand
Link
Acquired Companies
Companies
Link
Deadpooled Companies
Companies
Link
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Smart Homes – Company List
DETAILS CLOSE TO 620 COMPANIES
(276 FUNDED COMPANIES)
COVERS THE FOLLOWING SECTORS
Home Automation
Home Security
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Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (1/107)
Company
Home Automation
Home Automation
Home Automation
Home Automation
Details
Funding
Lagotek [Bellevue, 2005]: Lagotek was a privately held company specializing in home automation that
developed home intelligence platform (HIP) technology. It was founded in 2005 by four former Microsoft
$5.06M
employees. Lagotek developed patent pending product, a mixture of wireless hardware and software for home
automation.
Bean [Istanbul, 2015]: Bean is a Turkish company that has developed smart connected products for home
automation. Company's product include a smart bulb that can be controlled by user through his smartphone.
Company also provide a smart socket to track consumption, schedule device run time and remotely turn them
on and off. Both bulb and socket are communicated to via smart center which is a hub to connect to the cloud.
Smarttress [Madrid, 2015]: Smarttress is a smart mattress developed by Spanish mattress company Durmet
that alert users on their smartphone when it is being used in their absence. Targeted to catch infidelity the
mattress is fitted with vibration spring sensors, contact detectors and speedometers that relay information
about intensity, impact per minute on the mattress to user.
Stachs [Chennai, 2013]: Stachs provides a suite of technology products - HomeCircle- for automating switches,
lighting, managing electricity consumption and security services inside a house. The company provides a mobile
app as well as a universal remote to automate, control and track household electrical appliances as well as
doors, windows, lights, media centers, set voice reminders etc.
Node0 Labs [Delhi, 2015]: Node0 is an IoT platform which is an intelligent mesh for a home. It optimizes the
power usage of appliances and gives an easy method to customize the space such as lighting, climate etc. It is a
cloud based automation system which has a tool free installation process with simple instructions.
Home Automation
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Investors
Ecosystem Ventures
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (2/107)
Company
Home Automation
Home Automation
Details
PhotoElectricChefs [Bangalore, 2015]: PhotoElectricChefs aims to develop home automation product which
provide energy efficiency. They claim to offer both customizable and standalone products for auto-lighting and
home automation systems. The home automation system offers users to control the switches using smartphone
or over the internet. It also offers hardware design services.
TailWind [Niagara Falls, 2015]: Tailwind has designed modules with home automation functionality. Their
modules can be used to monitor and control environment and appliances respectively. Each Tailwind module
has 3 channels for simultaneous inputs (monitoring things) and outputs (controlling things), as well as an
accessory channel for use with future accessories and the LED puck light accessory. As of mid December 2015,
company is raising funds on kickstar and has managed to raise $3K of $125k goal with 22 days to go.
Colt Advance International [Hong Kong, 2013]: Coltadvance is a IoT Intelligent Control products and solutions
company, company offers connected lighting, temperature and humidity logger, surveillance. Company is
member of MEMS Industry group.
Home Automation
Home Automation
Home Automation
Swocket [Berlin, 2015]: Swocket, a Hardware.co 2015 alumni is a German smart home startup trying to
innovate around home automation and energy efficiency. As of October 2015 Swocket claims to be working
around a solution that will connect all the home appliances and monitor their energy usage as well as control
them remotely.
Bruno [Birmingham, 2015]: Bruno is a smart trash can which allows user to sweep directly to the base of can
from where its vaccum sucks in the debris and dust. Bruno reminds user when the can is full and trash bags are
running low. Bruno's lid is motion sensitive which opens with a wave of hand. Bruno raised just under $120K
through its Kickstarter campaign.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (3/107)
Company
Home Automation
Details
Beam Labs [Los Angeles, 2014]: Beam is a projector equipped with a computer that can fit into light sockets or
can be connected via cable to perform an array of IFTTT functions in addition all projector functions. Beam runs
on android thus user has access to play store apps too. In March 2015 Beam raised $750K through its Kickstarter
campaign.
Home Automation
Eyeotee [Kirkland, 2014]: Eyeotee is developing a hardware platform that allow user's to order a variety of
home products and groceries with just the push of a button. It allows reorders, payments and fulfillment.
Subscribers simply press a button for instant replenishment, allowing vendors to conclude transactions in a
smart click. EyeOTee’s backend Cloud systems provide merchants and shoppers with a friendly secure interface
to configure complex parameters and multilayered gatekeepers. Currently under development.
Home Automation
ELFblocks [Birmingham, ]: ELF blocks has developed blocks each one of which have specific purposes and when
used in different combinations can be used to perform different home automation functions. The blocks
developed are sensor block, power block, bluetooth block, wall socket module, home kit block which is
compatible with Apple home kit. All the blocks can be used in different configurations thus performing a range
of functions.
Home Automation
Prizm [Paris, 2013]: Prizm offers a smart hi-fi music player. It connects directly to music services via Wi-Fi and
plays music for the user without the need for a smartphone. It can detect the number of people in the room and
automatically play music based on the occasion and their common tastes. It can also naturally wake or help the
user sleep by changing the tracks and volume as necessary. It's context sensitive music engine operates from the
cloud allowing a single transferable profile. Has raised $161k on a goal of $70k on Kickstarter.
Home Automation
Domocracy [ , 2013]: Domocracy offers easy opensource home automation based on Power Line
Communication (PLC). Using a single internet connected gateway that communicates to all slave devices via PLC,
the devices can be switched on and off, using the companion smartphone application. The device's are user
programmable as well. Arduino and Raspberry Pi shields are also in development. Domocracy is a competing
candidate at the Bolt accelerator program in Malaga, Spain.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (4/107)
Company
Details
Home Automation
KlugKraft [Gurgaon, 2012]: Klugkraft Technologies is a growing brand engaged in innovating Zigbee based
automation products and solutions for smart homes. Offers two smart internet connected products, one of
them being a Gas leak Sensor ,which monitors for any gas leaks and alerts on the smartphone if there is any
alarming condition. Their second offering is Wireless wall switch which can be used to control lighting condition
at home wirelessly from anywhere.
Home Automation
RocketHome [Cologne, 2010]: RocketHome develops simple, intuitive home-energy-management systems. Its
technology cover the areas of home energy management, intelligent home automation, and security in a single
solution platform. Product lines and business models are offered as complete “white-label” solutions to firms.
The service portfolio ranges from a standard Smart Home Plug & Play solution including an integrated webshop
to individual solutions for renewable energy sources and powerful commercial user systems. Service providers
from the energy industry, telecommunications, and other fields rely on RocketHome's expertise in developing
their product offerings for private and corporate customers. The company, founded in 2010 and head quartered
in Cologne, has satisfied over 30 well-known companies and partners in six European countries.
Home Automation
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Funding
Investors
Diehl
Q SmartHomes Ltd [Chelmsford, 2008]: Q Smarthomes specialises in bespoke home technology integration.
The company provides its products and services in home cinema, multi-room audio, home security and lighting.
Customers can avail dedicated cinema rooms in basements, multi-room audio throughout the home or security
through CCTV and door entry systems.
BroadLink [Hangzhou, 2013]: Broad link is a high-tech corporation specializing in research & development,
manufacture, sales and service of hardware and software for smart home solutions. The Wi-Fi Internet of
Qualcomm, Sequoia Capital, Jingdong,
things transmission module, cloud computing platform and intelligent terminal application (APP) researched and
$20.8M Innovation Works, Qihoo 360, China
developed by the company have provided solutions for many different household appliance manufacturers. It
Merchants Group
also provides DIY Intelligent Sockets, Intelligent Remote Controls, Family Air Quality Analyzer and other
intelligent household products for customers.
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Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (5/107)
Company
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Details
Funding
Deako [Seattle, 2015]: Deako has developed smart switches for connected homes. Deako switches install like
other standard switches with similar wiring. Once installed all the Deako switches installed in the house can talk $8.69M
to each other thus enabling user to create different rules for home automation.
ThinkEco [New York City, 2008]: ThinkEco, based in New York City, is a green technology company founded in
2008 creating cost effective energy efficiency solution. As a result, they developed the modlet, a self installable
solution that makes it simple to bring energy awareness and device-level energy management to home and
office environments. The modlet was launched as a residential product in 2010 and has been available to
businesses since then. The modlet platform is now being used by utilities across the nation to manage their peak
system loads from room ACs and other loads.
$7.3M
Konke [Hangzhou, 2010]: Konke is a smart socket. The intelligent socket products acts as a switch, are energy
efficient, mobile phone controlled, act as a WiFi signal enhancer and acts as a monitoring tool. Some other
features include infrared remote control, radio control, environmental testing, guard theft etc.
$6.1M
Investors
Y Combinator
Holch Group
Plum Life [Austin, 2012]: Plum Life (formerly Ube) allows the user to easily control all the lighting fixture in their
house. By installing the module into the light switch, the user can use the smartphone companion app to control
their home lighting modules. The user can control a single light, a room's entire lighting system or their entire $4.12M
home's lighting system simultaneously. Unique lighting scenes can be saved. Incubated at Techstars. Raised
$307.6k on a goal of $280k on Kickstarter.
DEMO, Big Basin Partners,
StartupRunner Capital
Zuli [San Francisco, 2012]: Zuli is a Bluetooth 4.0 smart plug that enables users to control appliances, dim lights,
set schedules, and monitor power consumption. Zuli’s patent pending Bluetooth mesh network works like an
$1.65M
indoor GPS that can locate what room you are in at any given time and adjust lights and appliances to each
person’s customized settings.
Logitech, Menlo Ventures, XG
Ventures, Plug and Play Tech Center,
Winklevoss Capital, DeNA
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Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (6/107)
Company
Details
Funding
$125k
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
KoolTechs [Houston, 2013]: Kooltechs offers home protection and device tracking system. The KoolWand acts
as a Bluetooth tracker for the user's items, pets or children and warns them when they move out of range. It can
act as a fitness tracker as well. Their KoolBridge device acts as a door alarm, warning the user of intruders. It
supports voice control of smart devices such as Nest thermostat as well as acting as a remote for the user's
camera, music player or smartphone camera. These products can combine to act as a home entertainment
control hub. Raised more than $56k on a goal of $50k.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
YzOak [Oakland, 2014]: YzOak is developer of Yzplug and Yzlight for enabling home automation at plug level.
Yzplug is a connected plug which enables user to remotely control their plugged in devices, Yzlight act as a
socket for the light bulb to fit in and then control it remotely. Both the device can be controlled through app,
touch or voice. Devices learn user behavior and automate on and off time for home appliances. Devices are also
equipped with motion, sound, vibration and touch sensors.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Everspring [Taipei, 1980]: Everspring is a manufacturer of a range of home products which includes home
alarm system, occupancy detectors, motion sensing flood lights etc. The company also develops Z-wave enabled
smart switches and plugs to be controlled remotely. Additionally, the company has also developed the
underlying architecture for full home integration systems. The company is based in Taiwan with a manufacturing
plant in China.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Knittlabs [Toronto, 2015]: Knitt Labs has developed hardware and software solution to achieve connected
control and monitoring of electricity usage at the switch level. Solution consists of the wifi connected main hub
to which different modules can be attached as per requirement. Modules provided by the company are a surge
protector, an outlet, a usb charger, an environmental sensor and a wifi repeater. The main hub can be
customized as per requirement by attaching these modules to it and then be controlled by a companion app.
User can turn/schedule things on and off, create rules and get insights into their consumption patterns using the
app.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Permundo [Dusseldorf, 2009]: Permundo has developed intelligent connected plugs for homes. Plugs can
recognize the type of load connected to home whether dimmable like light bulbs or non-dimmable like coffee
brewing and act accordingly to control it. Plugs can also measure the amount of energy consumption at the
device level. Permundo's plugs are En ocean based thus can be integrated as modules in smart home systems or
can be controlled individually through wireless switches.
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Investors
High-Tech Grunderfonds, Enjoy
Venture
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (7/107)
Company
Details
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
eSmart [Ecublens, 2011]: eSmart has developed a solution to monitor and control different home operations.
The solution consists of devices that go behind the switch board to control them, a hub called e-Smart Box to
control all the connected appliances and a wall mounted touch screen to act as a dashboard. The user can
access the gate, security cameras, regulate the temperature and monitor consumption. Additionally, a
companion smartphone app allows the user to remotely monitor and control home features.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
zBliss Technologies [Chennai, 2015]: zBliss Technologies brings hitech products and solutions to consumers and
businesses. Various segments include consumer electronics, home automation, Automobile – IoT, Medical – IoT.
Takes projects to provide customized and turnkey solutions in industrial automation, sensor based data
collection and monitoring, IoT based devices. Also provides IT solutions in these segments. Sells hitech products
through partner ecommerce stores online.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Friuno [Chennai, 2015]: Friuno offers smart switchboards which is a home automation control system that
allows users to control all home appliances and devices through smartphones, smart watches etc.
Alive Home [Kharagpur, 2015]: Alive Home started by IIT Kharagpur students is a home automation startup
developing smart switch boards. Product LIFE is a combination of a smart switch module that replaces the
traditional switches in the home and can be controlled using the app interface. Claims that app functions
seamlessly in absence of internet also and provides user access, control and real-time energy analysis of all
appliances. Also claims to notify user in case of any unusual activity, for eg. sends alert if AC / TV is on while user
is not at home as well as give suggestions based on user pattern.
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Funding
Investors
Swisscom
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (8/107)
Company
Details
India Quotient
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Oakter [Noida, 2014]: Plug and play smart home automation solution. Oakter lets users schedule routine tasks,
remotely control home appliances, manage energy consumption. Claims home wifi not required and integration
into electrical system without need for extensive rewiring. Products in kit include Hub (IoT based home
controller), Comfort Leaf Combo (AC controller) and Power leaves (Smart plugs, wire-in connectors and wireless
programmable switch boards). Can be used in electrical devices like air conditioners, lamps, water heaters,
room Heaters, rice cookers, any other device that does not require a soft start every time when powered on.
Upto 5 users can control devices in home. No questions asked return policy for a fully functional product within
15 days of purchase. Raised funding from India Quotient.
Swisscom
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
myStrom [Bern, 2011]: MyStrom has developed connected plugs to gain control and remotely monitor
household appliances. Company's plugs monitor electricity consumption, enables the user to preset device
operating time, receive alerts in case a device is on for a long time and functionality to switch it off/on from
anywhere. Insights regarding device level energy usage and control are accessed via the companion app. Plugs
also support IFTTT thus allowing the user to create rules based automation.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
CarbonSalt [San Francisco, 2015]: Carbonsalt is working toward giving user more insight into their energy
consumption. Company's first product is Orb which is a smart power socket, Orb analyses power consumption
and consumer usage patterns to suggest best practice to conserve energy. User can also turn on/off their
devices remotely using Orb. Company is also focusing on building solution for supermarkets.
Smarteefi [Ghaziabad, 2015]: Product of CoreEmbedded Technologies, Smarteefi is a smart power strip. Smart
power strip is a Wi-Fi enabled replacement to conventional power Strip to control your appliances anytime from
anywhere via cloud irrespective if mobile is in same Wi-Fi network, different Wi-Fi network or on 3G/4G data
network. Smarteefi android app allows to schedule on/off event on individual outlets for automation and energy
saving. Claims to have features such as overload circuit breaker, surge protection, delay timer.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (9/107)
Company
Details
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
iSocket [Helsinki, 2014]: iSocket is a developer of a range of GSM connected sockets for various applications.
Company's socket alerts user when the electricity goes off, it also gives functionality of remotely switching on or
off devices. Different sockets are equipped with different sensors to monitor environment, sound and
temperature. All these are communicated to via SMS or calls which socket interpret accordingly. Sockets are
also claimed to be capable of rebooting router
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Moodnode [Poznan, 2015]: Moodnode is developing a smart light switch that can be used to control the lights
remotely using smartphone app. Switch enables the user to dim lights and set moods as wanted. Devices also
comes equipped with sensors that alerts user when a intruder is passing infront of it. User can set time cycles to
switch lights on and off to deter burglars while they are away. Device is also claimed to be able to work with
other smart devices like Philips HUE and Lifx.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
LV Tech [Jakarta, 2015]: LV Tech is providing home automation solution where its users can access home
appliances from their smartphones. The company has developed smart switches and plugs which can work with
a range up to 40 meters. For operation in a home or surroundings (max. 100m) the company claims to require
no access to the Internet, as smartphone will be automatically connected to the controller using the network
wifi local router.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
entilo [Bangalore, 2009]: Entilo, by iRam Technologies, provides smart home and smart lighting solutions. The
cloud enabled smart home solutions come with wifi enabled smart switches, proximity detection, capacitative
touch. The connected devices can be monitored through a mobile/tablet based application. Users can also
create schedules as well as group lights using the application. Smart lighting solutions are designed for public
spaces with a smart mesh framework, integrated with google maps for easy location and internet enabled to be
controlled through an app. Claims to have raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from strategic investors
in 2010.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Linptech [Wuhan, 2009]: Linptech is a smart home service provider and aims to provide energy harvesting
technology based smart home/smart building products and solutions such as passive LinBell G1 wireless
doorbell, lights, switch, sensor, controllers etc.
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Funding
Investors
Western Technology Investment
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (10/107)
Company
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Details
inPlug [Beijing, 2013]: inPlug offer a smart home based hardware product and solutions. Its products is a WiFi
based smart outlet and plug which gets connected to mobile applications to control different appliances in the
house.
NuBryte [San Francisco, 2013]: Nubryte is product of Lucius Tech. Nubryte goes in place of existing switches,
where it also acts as a assistant for house. Nubryte automates home lighting by switching it on and off
depending on users behavior and presesnce. Product also has motion detectors and camera installed to relay
security update to user.
modegi [Bandung, 2013]: Modegi provides smart home products such as smart switches and smart lights. A
mobile app is integrated and these switches and lights can be operated using the app. Scheduling feature is also
available to schedule switching on/off.
Alba Smart [Gurgaon, 2013]: Alba Smart developers and provider of home automation solutions in India. It aims
at connecting all devices around users home and office so that they can easily manage remotely through one
dedicated control panel. The home automation solutions aims to allow users to control lighting, audio/video
media integration, telephone systems, internet, digital display, climate, energy management, air-conditioning
and security systems.
TagPlug [Gurgaon, 2013]: Smart plug and play device connected to an electric socket which enables users to
control various appliances at home remotely through the smartphone app such as TV, AC, lights, set alarm,
monitor energy consumption.
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Funding
Investors
Qualcomm Ventures
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (11/107)
Company
Details
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Hombot [Hyderabad, 2015]: Developing an IoT based home automation solution. Enables users to schedule for
tasks of various devices such as alarms, geyser control, helps with power saving through efficient use of
electricity, home monitoring through live camera feeds, smart sensors to track doors, device activity and even
customization of device behavior based on a single touch of a button. Offers a pay-per-use package, its devices
Queenbot & Workerbot syncs with the smartphone app for control. Currently has Ashwik Battu (Co-Founder Bookpad (acq by Yahoo!)) in an advisory role. Claims to have raised seed funding of $53K in Sep 2015 as per
Angel.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Surreal Industries [Rocklin, 2015]: Surreal Industries has developed smart switches and plugs which uses all
solid state technology to for switching, dimming, current and temperature sensing. Controller is plugged into
router from where it can control all switches and plugs. Interface allows user to control lights and appliances
and monitor usage.
iHome Audio [Rahway, ]: iHome is developing a portfolio of audio devices, additionally it also develops a
connected socket to remotely switch on and off a device. Users can use the smartphone app to know status of
their devices.
SwitchBee [Netanya, 2013]: Switchbee has designed an array of retrofittable universal, power, shutter and
socket switches for end to end device control. The switches are paired with device central hub using its android
app and can then be controlled using smartphone app. Switches also make sure that device are switched on at
most efficient voltage to protect the electrical load. Company also provides cloud server to store data and
provide remote control.
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Umbrela Smart [Winnipeg, 2014]: Umbrela Smart has developed a complete smart home device which replaces
existing switches thus supporting different home automation functionalities. Device is a touchscreen panel
packing day and night cameras, noise cancelling microphones, stereos, motion and environmental sensors and
multiple communication technologies. It also act as a home security device sensing breakins through its motion
sensors and activates light and alarms. Also capable of adjusting temperature.All Umbrela units talk to each over
the existing power lines using Qualcomm HomePlug technology. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is reserved for
communication with external devices and wearables thus reducing dependency on smart phone.
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Domus Livings [Hong Kong, 2014]: Domus livings is developing smart plugs and IR remote unit to control these
plugs. IR unit has to be placed within the sight of plugs to be controlled and smart phone is used as the remote
control. User can monitor energy consumption, receive alert for over usage and remotely switch on/off devices,
preschedule appliances etc. Product raised over $100K on kicstarter.
Imirtech [Rishon LeZion, 2013]: According to company's Angellist page Imirtech has developed touch sensitive
connected switches. Switch connects to mobile apps via Bluetooth smart or wifi.
Wityliti [Asansol, 2015]: Technology company offering hardware and software solutions for smart home
devices. Product offerings include devices to control lighting, fans and energy consumption monitoring. The
company claims their devices are compatible with already installed switches, fans and lights. First product Roommate- was launched in Nov 2015.
Team Concepts [Hong Kong, ]: Team Concept has developed a smart strip where various appliances and then
can be controlled and monitored remotely. Users can look into energy consumption and strip protects devices
from surge. Apple homekit compatible.
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ioplug [Lisbon, 2014]: IOplug's device are used to plug electrical home appliances, once connected user can
switch on/off devices remotely, dim lights, schedule on time for devices and monitor energy usage by different
appliances. Plugs are available for pre order on companies website.
rainforest electronics [Chula Vista, ]: Rainforest electronics is developing plug in devices for wall sockets to
control appliances remotely. These devices are claimed to reduce electricity consumption by eliminating idle
time energy losses.
Flic [Stockholm, 2014]: The wireless button that creates a shortcut to users favorite actions on their
phone.Raised $800K on Indiegogo.
Liricco Technologies Valta [Toronto, ]: Valta remote energy management system automatically detects unused
devices by identifying energy wastage. Valta works by combining special socket attachments with a hub, app
and web based application to provide energy wastage monitoring, as well as allows users to remotely switch off
their devices. Valta was awarded Good Design award in Japan, 2013.
Den [London, 2013]: Den offers a lighting switch automation system for users. It blends the design of standard
switches with minimal wireless control. Switches syncs with the network and can also be controlled by an RF
remote as well. The app allows scheduling and monitoring in real time as well. Parental controls to limit use of
certain devices is also possible. They also offer Occupancy (turns the lights on/off based on presence) and
Ambient light sensors (monitors the levels of light and adjusts the lights accordingly). All of these devices are
easy to install without the need for an electrician. Has raised $767K through equity crowdfunding on seedrs
against 30% equity.
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Lumos [Ahmedabad, 2014]: Lumos Automation develops technology solutions in the space of home automation
& IoT. Its product Lumos Switches offers features such as remote control of home electric appliances over
internet, embedded sensors that measure ambient conditions along with electrical conditions to ensure rapid
decision making for switches by learning user behavior, detailed power analytics for every appliance in home
and suggestions for power saving. Also provides a mobile app for users. The company is yet to launch their
product.
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Brio [San Diego, 2006]: Brio features two outlet points and fits like in place of a standard power outlet. Brio's
default state is off, until its embedded sensor detects a valid plug. Brio then enters a 24 V sensing mode and
checks for the correct level of resistance and if found, Brio allows 120 V flow to the appliance. The firm also
hopes to release a second product, called Brio Smart, that communicates wirelessly with sensors placed in the
sockets that detect hazards like flood, fire, and carbon monoxide and will alert the user via smartphone or tablet
(Expected in August of 2015). Raised it's goal of goal of $50k on Kickstarter.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Linkio [Seyssins, 2014]: Linkio allows people to control their electronics using a mobile app. The system consists
of four components:- control center (connects different components to the smartphone), outlet plug (allows
power control of electronics through the mobile app), wall insert switch (allows control of lights and ceiling fans
traditionally or with the app), infrared remote (replaces traditional remotes and allows consumers to control
existing entertainment systems and other electronics using the mobile app). Since the control center has both
USB and WiFi capability, consumers can connect virtually any device, including security cameras and existing
smart home devices such as the Belkin WeMo, to the mobile app. The entire Linkio system is available for
around $100. Has raised $63k on a goal of $62k on Kickstarter. Devkit for app development are also available.
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Suitch [San Luis Potosi, 2014]: Suitch allows the user control their devices via call. Using a smart plug that is
connected to the users devices, Suitch is able to control the devices using its cloud connectivity. The user can
place a call and suitch will intelligently switch their devices on and off. It can also be configured to take action
during disaster alert. Optional cloud services are offered that allow control using Arduino or Raspberry Pi as well
as an API for Ruby and Python integration. Awards include NASA Space Apps 2013 Mexico edition and Angel
Hack 2013 Mexico Edition.
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Wifiplug [Leeds, 2012]: Wifiplug is a smart plug system that allows the user to control devices over their Wi-Fi
connection. The smart plug is inserted between the socket and the plug of the device to be controlled. The
smart plug connects to the user's Wi-Fi and can be controlled via the companion smartphone app. It can also
monitor power usage and track power costs to the user. Device scheduling is available as well.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Brightup [Hamburg, 2012]: Brightup has developed a control hub and smart plugs based on the Z-wave
technology. The control hub connects with the companion smartphone app and relays commands to the
individual smart plugs. The smart plugs provide light dimming and control. Other features include Geofencing so
that lights are switched on and off as the user enters or leaves their home, ambient light detection which
automatically optimizes the lights for maximum efficiency and light scheduling. Part of Microsoft ventures
accelerator in Berlin.
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Plugaway [Beijing, 2013]: Plugaway builds simple, affordable, smart, open leds and plugs. This allows energy
monitoring, control, scheduling dimming and notifications via the paired ios or android application. In addition
the application is open and allows the user to build and bundle their own control application allowing custom
actions for the user's leds and plugs. The user can also choose to share them with other users as well as
including ifttt integration and connection to other home devices. Raised $142k on a goal of $43k with more than
1400 backers on crowd funding site kickstarter.
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Switchmate [Palo Alto, 2014]: Switchmate is a simple, easily attachable home lighting solution. Using magnets
or adhesive, the device can be attached to any switch that is a standard toggle switch, a rocker/decora switch or
a multi-gang switch. Using a smartphone that is paired via Bluetooth 4.0, the switches can now be controlled by
the user. Using an optional hub, the devices can be controlled by any internet capable device. Raised over
$185K on Kickstarter.
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Pert [Hyderabad, 2012]: Pert, a product of Switch Technologies, is a Wifi enabled device technology device that
allows users to to control home lights and other electronic devices through a smartphone. Users can view the
real-time status of the connected home appliances through the smartphone app. The app also allows for
scheduling a timer for the lights and electronic devices. The company is yet to release the device and the
website offers a pre-order option for users.
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SensePlug.io [Campbell, 2014]: SAM is a smart outlet that comes in both single-plug and power strip varieties.
Using environmental sensors to monitor time of day, temperature, electrical usage, motion, and light, SAM can
be programmed to control any kind of product plugged into its outlets. Additionally, SAM can be controlled
using an app to know if a device has been left on or not, or to start it while away from the home. The power
strip comes with a built in “SmartRules” functionalities. Through these sensors, the SAM will use the
“SmartRules” to turn a plugged-in object on or off depending on the conditions.
Home Automation Switches & Plugs
Zcho [Delhi, 2013]: Zcho makes devices that turn existing home appliances smart through smartphones
operated via Bluetooth. Zcho provides an app for the customer's smartphone or tablet that can be used to
remotely access the lights, fans and other devices that have loads upto 10 Amperes. Apart from remote
operation of the devices, the app also enables people to schedule on and off of the devices at a required time.
Zcho provides two devices- Zcho One and Zcho Touch, either or both of which can be installed without altering
the existing fittings. Zcho aims at both Indian and International markets for its products.
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Pluggx Labs [Bangalore, 2012]: Pluggx provides a smart switch that allows users to control their room and home
lighting /appliances from a smartphone. An easy to use smartphone UI communicates with smart switch via
Bluetooth with range upto 30-300 ft.
HomiSmart [Petah Tikva, 2015]: Homismart has developed solutions to enable users to remotely control
appliances and track energy usage. Solution consists of a main control unit or hub, a smart socket, an inwall
switch and an inwall smart socket. Company claims that main unit can control upto 60 devices simultaneously.
Products are available to buy on company's website.
Switcher [Tel Aviv, 2013]: Switcher has developed a connected solution to turn on and off the heater remotley
and set schedules. Solution consists of a unit that goes into the wall socket where the geyser is attached. A hub
to connect the socket unit to the companion app. User can check the status of the geyser remotely and turn it
on/off and keep track of their historical usage.
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HomeRobotics [Mumbai, 2016]: Home automation startup. HoRo has 3 parts - Node, Hub & App. Node can sit
behind existing switch board and can control upto 5 devices at a time e.g. fan, light. Hub gets connected with
wifi router and helps control nodes. Home appliances can be controlled with app.
KlickH [Hyderabad, 2008]: Zhome, product of Aizyc Technology, is a home automation technology that provides
automation solutions based on wireless technology. Various appliances like lights, AC, music & security can be
controlled by the owners from mobile or iPad, wall switch & touch panels. Also offers door locks and sensors
that can be deployed and linked to the central security room. Klickh was earlier known as Zhome Automation.
cloudblocks [Delhi, 2015]: CloudBlocks is a home automation system primarily aims to help users control home
appliances from anywhere in the world. It claims that every electrical appliance can be automated and with
CloudBlocks’ system and then these devices are available on a single platform and can also communicate with
each other.
Cubical [Delhi, 2013]: Developing a wireless product, Cubical Master, which connects to the Wifi and interacts
with the Cubical mobile app. Its CubicalSwitch product is included in the home switchboards which enables
users to control all the home appliances through the mobile app. Incubated at Technology Incubation Center, IIT
Guwahati.
Home in Hand [Delhi, 2014]: Technology platform to automate home devices over Internet using SIP. Comrpises
of a smartboard which can enable home appliances to be monitored and controlled through a smartphone.
Currently working on a prototype of a 2 socket box which can be controlled over either wifi or 3G via android
phone. The company is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
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Leaf Technologies [Mumbai, 2014]: Air is a product of Leaf which is built to make a clients home more
responsive. It is aimed at revolutionizing the way users interact with their appliances.Using Air, a user can
control all of their household appliances using any internet enabled device from anywhere. It allows you to lock
the devices from being switched on as a security measure against small children. It also learns the usage habits
and can tune the house they way users want, like turning the geyser on before they go for shower and turning it
off later or cooling the room before they reach home from office. It learns which appliances consume how
much power and tunes the house to save energy and money.
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Inoho [Bangalore, 2014]: Inoho provides a home automation system containing switch board control module,
central hub and a smartphone application. The switch board module sits behind the existing switch to make it
connected and be controlled. Users can control all such switches using their smartphone app relayed through
the Inoho central hub. Currently they are selling their home systems online on their
website.http://linkedin.com/in/deepankargarg
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LaMetric [London, 2013]: Smart atoms Lametric is a smart configurable clock for home and office use. It works
by pairing with the user's smartphone via Wi-Fi and is controlled by the companion app and show notifications
such as temperature, important emails, market stats etc It has API's for both cloud and networks. User can pair
it with IFTTT to use it in combinations with different other apps and devices including smart home devices. User
can also stream and listen to music through the clock. Clock is also equipped with ambient light sensors.
Home Automation - Clock Company managed to raise over $370K on Kickstarter.
Glance Clock [Singapore, 2015]: Glance clock is a clock which can display connected user data. Glance can
display data from connected wearables like Jawbone, fitbit etc. Can track user sleep data and display
information about upcoming events from calendar and uber rides.
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Witti Design [Los Angeles, ]: Witti design is a developer of smart home automation products. Currently it offers
3 products Notti, Dotti and Beddi. Notti is a bed side smart light, Dotti is a smart pixel light. Beddi is a smart
alarm with ability to push notifications and sync up with spotify. Notti is available on Amazon for $50 and Beddi
has $72K of $25K goal on kickstarter with 38 days to go as of Oct15.
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GoAlly [Boulder, 2015]: Goally has developed a smart alarm table top clock to remind kids to do their routine
task in a fun and interactive way. Parents and kids can collaborate to update tasks in clock using the app. Alarm
clock gives out music tunes with the task on screen whenever it is time to perform them. Device uses home wifi
Home Automation - Clock network to connect to cloud thus allowing parents to update clock from anywhere.
- Alarms
Sunup [Hong Kong, 2015]: Sunup has developed a smart alarm which learns user sleep routine and programs
accordingly. User can set up their own alarm tune and alarm clock doubles up as wifi/bluetooth speakers, Kello
can also co work with other smart homes devices using IFTTT. User can also train their daily routine to wake up
Home Automation - Clock early or take power naps etc.
- Alarms
Cenify [Rochester, 2013]: Cenify is a UK based company that has developed a wireless alarm clock which users
can control using their smart phone to set alarms upto one week in advance. Users can also create a list of
contacts from which if they get a call alarm clock wakes them up. Clock goes under the mattress and shakes to
Home Automation - Clock wake user up making it particularly useful for deaf people. Cenify also provides it services to smart product
makers by integrating their product into their smart ecosystem.
- Alarms
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Noria [Philadelphia, 2016]: Noria has developed a window AC to be installed in home. Noria AC are smaller in
size than traditional window ACs and fits at the base of the window via accompanying window frame. Air vents
in Noria are fitted at the top of the AC, this design allows the cold air to be mixed with warm air thus allowing
uniform cooling. User can either control the temperature using the knob on AC or using companion app which
can also be used to preset temperature. Company has raised over $1.3M in funding on kickstarter.
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Control4 [Salt Lake City, 2003]: Control4 Corporation manufactures wired and wireless home automation
products in the United States. It offers software and hardware products, which enable home theater and
television, multi-room music, lighting, temperature, and security control through a range of in-home and overthe-Web remote control technology. The company’s products include wireless dimmers and switches, speakers,
multi tuners, multi channel amplifiers, audio matrix switches, video switchers, and home entertainment and
control systems. It also offers wireless thermostats, touch screens, keypads, controllers, contact/relay
extenders, and system remote controls. The company sells its products through dealers in the United States,
Canada, and internationally, as well as through custom integrators, distributors, and retail outlets. It serves
consumer electronics companies, hotels, businesses, and utilities sector. Control4 Corporation has a strategic
relationship with APOGEE Interactive. The company was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Salt Lake
City, Utah.
$93M
GSV Capital, Foundation Capital,
Sapphire Ventures, Vispring, Mercato
Partners, Frazier Technology
Ventures, Thomas Weisel Venture
Partners, University Venture Fund,
Venture Capital, Cisco Investments,
Sapphire Ventures, Signal Peak
Savant Systems [Barnstable, 2005]: Savant has developed a device and smart phone app using which user can
coordinate with different connected products and control them. Device controls smart plugs thus bringing
automation to appliances. App can be used schedule device on/off time and for the climate control. App also
integrates with streaming service like Netflix. Partners include Sonos, Honeywell, Sony, Lutron.
$90M
KKR
SmartThings [Washington D.C., 2012]: SmartThings has created a variety of easy-to-use sensors that can be
Greylock Partners, First Round Capital,
placed in homes, office, and car. Has opened up its developer tool kit to third-parties and built an online shop
Highland Capital Partners, SV Angel,
where customers could find devices that leverage its technology. The startup is building a platform for $15.5M
CrunchFund, Western Technology
developers to connect everyday objects. Raised $1.2M on Kickstarter in Sept 2012. Won the Spark of Genius
Investment, A-Grade Investments,
award at the 2012 Dublin Web Summit.
Lerer Hippeau Ventures
uControl [Austin, 2006]: uControl was a provider home security and automation solutions. The uControl Home
Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) solution enabled broadband service provider to deliver service to $9.53M
digital platform.
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Revolv [Boulder, 2012]: Revolv delivers an all-in-one home monitoring and control system to smartphone users;
connecting hundreds of wirelessly-enabled household items. Revolv is a TechStars Boulder 2012 graduate
$6.88M
(formerly Mobiplug) and is funded by The Foundry Group, a top-10 national investor, as well as American Family
Insurance, and Liberty Global. In 2016, Nest stopped support for Revolv.
Foundry Group, Techstars, Social
Leverage, SK Ventures, American
Family Ventures, Social Leverage
Wink [New York City, 2013]: Wink is the manufacturer of a smart home hub that is used to control smart
devices installed in home. Wink hub supports a large number of connectivity protocols working with bluetooth
LE, lutron clearconnect, Wi-Fi, z-wave, and zigbee. In April 2015 Wink smart hubs were disconnected form the
internet due to a faulty software update.
Western Technology Investment
$6.2M
Avi [San Francisco, 2014]: Avi-on Labs has built a smartphone application that can be used to pair with
connected devices at home to manage and control them. Uses Bluetooth smart timers for connectivity. Avi-on
$2.52M
makes it easy for manufacturers and retailers to rapidly convert existing and new lines into connected products.
Havent released the product for public usage.
Peterson Partners
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Dwelo [San Jose, 2014]: Dwelo has developed asolution to let apartment managers better manage apartments
and for residents to be control of home automation devices. The company has developed a hub which sits in the
home and communicates with home automation devices like lighting, locks and thermostats. The property
$1.81M
manager can manage their vacant apartments and give access to new tenants using the platform. Tenants can
use the platform to control home devices. Dwelo works on a subscription-based model with a upfront cost for
each smart device.
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Ninja Blocks [Eveleigh, 2011]: Ninja Blocks are tiny cloud enabled computers that can sense their environment
by receiving input from a variety of sensors & can affect their surroundings by controlling lights, power sockets,
and other actuators. Also provides a platform to build and run apps. In May 2015 news came out that company $1.73M
has ran out of funding and has decided to go black and open source its technology. Company blog claimed it will
refund money of pre order from its site but as of August 2015 ninjablocks website is still taking orders.
500 Startups, Blackbird Ventures,
Artesian, Startmate, Singtel Innov8
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Ube [Austin, 2012]: Platform to connect and control Ube lights, plugs and outlets to your smartphone. Techstars
Alum. Raised $1.07M through two rounds of crowdfunding. Founding team - CEO, 25 yrs experience in
$1.07M
connected home. CTO - Co-creator, Polycom. Patent in energy management. CMO - 25 yrs experience in
semiconductors for consumer electronics.
Techstars
The Ubi [Toronto, 2012]: Ubi provides a voice enabled interface to communicate to a series of sensors and
devices, and returns the status either through voice or light signals. The Ubi is a computer that was launched for
pre-order as a Kickstarter project in the summer of 2012. It raised over $229,000 in Kickstarter contributions.
The Ubi is also the first product to be offered by the Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation, a company
based in Toronto, Ontario, with operations in Richmond Hill and Port Hope, Ontario. UCIC was founded by three
engineers with a passion for human computer interaction: Amin Abdossalami, Mahyar Fotoohi, and Leor
Grebler. It's also been pulled forward by co-founder Blake Witkin, an experienced entrepreneur in technology
companies.
$635k
Flyover Innovations [Olathe, 2013]: Flyover Innovations has developed Blumoo which is a IR blaster utilized to
control appliances which come with a remote. Blumoo connects with users phone through bluetooth and user
can then control all IR devices using the companion app. Companion app also doubles up as a TV guide. Blumoo
can also be used to stream music over a range of 150ft in stereos.
$500k
WebCurfew [Chicago, 2013]: WebCurfew software available in free and paid versions, layers a user-friendly
menu over the options provided by supported routers. The users use the menu to pick and choose devices that
can continue to receive a Wi-Fi signal. It replaces the antiquated device-centric model of managing parental
controls on individual devices, and provides a simple solution by managing the central point of all WiFi internet
access in the home – the router. The free version of WebCurfew requires users to manually control each
device’s ability to connect, while the $5-a-month paid version allows them to set a timer for turning that access
on and off. 30% of the users pay for the service.
$445k
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TapHome [Bratislava, 2012]: Provides smart home solutions in Heating and air conditioning, Lighting and
shades, Access and gates, and Security. Has a mobile app that instantly provides the user with overview and
control of his heating and air conditioning. Users can set temperature of the house as a whole, or separately for
each zone. Has built-in thermostat with wireless valve that enables exact temperature regulation in each room.
Temperature can be adjusted locally, via central tablet, smartphone app, or via automatic programs. Founding
team worked at T-Mobile, Dell, Deloitte, Siemens etc.
Senic [Berlin, 2013]: Flow is a programmable, wireless controller for your computer and connected devices. The
ring can be used to automate repetitive tasks such as a series of device inputs or computer/app controls to
provide real world automation. The ring is BLE based, and has capacitive touch and gesture recognition. Has
raised more than $223k on a goal of $100k on Indiegogo.
$240K
Y Combinator, Birchmere Ventures
Dymotics [Madrid, 2012]: Dymotics provides a smartphone application which can be used to manage devices at
home which are connected to the internet. With a single smartphone application user can manage devices using
3G/WiFi or schedule, switch on and off. Using the application, it can automatically trigger some actions based
on he state of other smart connected devices. Dymotics provides a smart hub, which acts like a bridge between
the smart devices at home and the Dymotics platform in the cloud. The device and cloud is available at one time
sale without a subscription fees. The company raised $10k on crowdfunding website Indiegogo, for pre orders of
its hub and smartphone application.
$70k
Mola
Reemo [Minneapolis, 2012]: Reemo (previously playtabase)wristband provides simple to use, gesture control of
home automation devices. The band is easy to setup and by using the wireless receiver and smart-plug, it can
work with standard devices. Compatibility with automation protocols such as OpenHome is currently under
development. Pat of the Microsoft Accelerator in Seattle.
$25k
Microsoft Ventures, Innova Memphis,
Jumpstart Foundry
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Vitrea Smart Home Technologies [Tel Aviv, 2011]: Vitrea has designed and developed a range of home
automation device management hubs for different use cases. Company's VTouch wifi is a connected switch that
can be used to control home lighting, blind controllers using a smartphone app. Company automation hubs can
be integrated with third party solutions like Control 4 to control home devices. VMax is a wired solution to
introduce home automation at the construction stage.
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Centersonic [Wetzlar, 2013]: Centersonic developed a solution using which all smart home applications at home
can be controlled and monitored. User can create scenes and automation at multiple layers. Company was part
of incubated in Wayra accelerator and graduated in 2014.
Wayra
WeHaus [Buenos Aires, ]: Wehaus, a product by Patagonic labs is a Zigbee-based smart home hub. Hub
connects to the home wifi and creates a ZigBee network in the home. All ZigBee devices can connect to the hub
and be controlled by the users smartphone from a single platform. User can create rule-based automation for
different smart home devices.
NXTP Labs
Ingenious [Istanbul, 2013]: Ingenious has developed a device using which user can control any appliance in their
home. Ingenious communicates to all these appliances through IR and user can control them via Ingenious using
their smartphone. Company has also developed socket and plugs with IR capabilities to control other appliances
as well. Company is winner of Intel Challenge Turkey 2013.
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Fuse Automation [Orlando, 2014]: Fuse Automation has developed Fuse Connect which is a home automation
hub that connects to connected home devices it is compatible with and allows user to control all of them
through a single platform using a companion app. Fuse Connect is claimed to be coming with voice recognition
feature thus giving user option to voice control different home automation features like light, temperature,
music, security system etc.
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Klug Home [Singapore, ]: Klug Home is a device developed by Intraix which started by developing building
management solutions. Klug Home is a USB shaped smart home hub that connects with other home devices
thus providing one interface for all home devices via Klug's companion app. This will also enable devices to work
with each other. Company has also developed smart thermostats and is also providing connected plugs as part
of its starter kit through its crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo. Where it has raised $8K of a $30K goal with 8
days to go as of mid May 2016.
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Puckily [England, 2015]: Puckily has developed a Puck shaped device that can be used to interconnect all smart
home device and thus giving a common platform to access them all. User can have an overview of all the data
generated by home devices and manage them accordingly.
P3 Life Automation [Surat, 2013]: Home automation systems. Solutions include home automation, surveillance,
home theater, multi room audio, etc. Their product Venus - Artificial Home Intelligence helps one operate all
electronics devices like ac, lights, etc. in house through 12 interfaces (Voice, Whatsapp, Invisible Switches,
wearable smart watches, Mobile App, Call, True iMAGE, remote, etc.). Based in Surat, Gujarat with dealers in
Ahmedabad and Rajkot as of Jan 2016.
Lucis [Sunnyvale, 2013]: Lucis Tech is a home automation company, its first product being a connected switch.
Nubryte goes in place of existing switches, where it also acts as a assistant for house. Nubryte automates home
lighting by switching it on and off depending on users behavior and presesnce. Product also has a installed
camera which relays video to users phone. Additionally company also develops LED bulbs.
Centralink [Taipei, 2014]: Centralink is developing smart home control touch panel for linking camera, wearable
IP device etc and creating rules to automate function. Panel runs on android and is compatible with multiple
standards. Also offers API to develop apps.
Blaze Automation [North Brunswick, 2006]: Its product B.One is a smart home system that allows users to
remotely control security, ambience and entertainment from a single hub and a mobile app. Offers varioud
products such as audio system, video system and controls for various home appliances. Users can install these
products and control them using a mobile app. Additionally it provides access to a wide range of smart home
recipes. Raised over $100K on kickstarter.
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robomicrobotix [Jaipur, 2008]: RoboMicroBotix offers a hardware product (Plug and Play) which is capable of
changing ambiance (temperature and light) in the user's house according to their desire. Learns with the time.
Recognizes whether user is inside the house or not accordingly saves energy. Sends weekly reports of power
consumption via email. Currently in beta.
Phynart [Pune, 2014]: Home automation solution. Product U.F.O. can remotely control appliances like air
conditioners, lights, fans, curtains, leds along with presence sensor devices via smartphone app. Claims that
presence sensors can help detect presence and switch on appliances and switch off when there is no presence.
Led light strips dimming and colors can be controlled thus creating ambience. Yet to be launched as of Mar
2016.
Electrify [Mumbai, 2014]: Electrify is a IoT based smart home technology solution for home automation. It is a
smart device that enable users to monitor the home & provide control over electric appliances through
smartphone or web installed mobile application via WiFi. It aims to create a device to monitor, control & secure
the home from anywhere. They plan to launch the product on Indiegogo for crowdfunding.
Mino [Laredo, 2015]: Mino is developing technology to connect all smart home devices to a single network and
learn from users behavior. Company is still in prototype phase and is Texas, United States.
Bigsens [Moscow, 2014]: Bigsens is a smart home hub that is able to connect to a range of home automation
devices like Lifx, Wemo, August to control and connect them.It supports devices on varied protocols like wifi,
zigbee, thread , runs application in docker containers, works on an open architecture and works without a open
cloud. Company is taking preorders as of mid December 2015 for $149 a device.
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Homee [Stuttgart, 2015]: Homee is a module based home device management product. Base unit controls
devices working on wifi. Company provide subsequent units for devices working Enocean, Zwave and Zigbee
thus enabling it to control a large range of home automation products. Device is controlled via smartphone app.
Symbode [Sydney, 2015]: Symbode is a home automation system that claims to enables everyday tasks more
efficiently through controlling electronic devices in the home with automated triggers and streamlined
interfaces. The Symbode system will consist of a range of products that are able to control home appliances.
Symbode's web app will monitor the power consumption of all connected devices. On its website company
claims to be raising seed funding.
MyOctopus [Dublin, 2015]: Myoctopus is developing a device management system that has onboard sensors
and automated learning capabilities. Device once installed learns from its environments and manages homes
devices. Device is also offered as DIY to makers for adding or removing sensors.
Webee LLC [Miami, 2013]: Webee Smart Home Hub recognizes the smart objects around and automatically
connect them allowing control from any mobile device through Webee's app. Smartee hub integrates third
party devices into one control platform. Weebee is retailing its devices on its website.
Jucebox [Auckland, 2014]: Jucebox is a multi-protocol engine capable of connecting and controlling IoT and
smart devices, building control systems and machines in home, business or social network. Jucebox when
connected to router or network device can connect to smart devices and take control. Jucebox runs on its own
OS. Jucebox claims to be developing its own cloud service,
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Rumy Technologies [Arlington, 2015]: Rumy connects to the smart thermostat letting it know the room
temperature of the room where user is present thus maintaining temperature of only that room instead of the
entire house. Rumy also connects to house lighting and provides control.
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SingleCue [Herzliya, 2014]: SingleCue has been developed by eyeSight Technologies, a leading provider of
gesture recognition technologies to control smart home devices via gestures. It is compatible with a plethora of
products - Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, Comcast, Apple TV etc. Currently it can be used to control TVs, media
streamers, cable & satellite box, with the company planning to expand its capability to all smart home products.
It allows international shipping and comes with a price tag of $199.
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Loxone [Kollerschlag, 2009]: Loxone has developed two device management products Miniserver and
Miniserver Go. Miniserver is ideal in case home automation systems are installed at the time of building house
and Miniserver Go for retrospective fitting. In Miniserver all the home automation modules are integrated and
thus can be intelligently controlled. Miniserver Go works with Loxone extensions placed at different locations.
Symnatec Focus, technical community for Symnatec Customers claims to have found out various design and
implementation flaw in product.
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VCU.TV [Bangalore, 2015]: Smart device to simplify discovery and viewing of videos. Using software built on top
of Android and using hardware to ensure speed and efficiency, the device is designed to support next
generation codecs. Supports 4K UHD, HD Resolution and 3D graphics. The device allows the user to browse
through trending topics delivered to the customers viewing preferences using audio-visual analytics. Also acts as
a single point of reference for smart home connectivity and security cam videos. The team behind the product
has been invited to Alpha at Web Summit 2015, Dublin. Yet to launch.
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Neohome [Aubagne, ]: Neohome is an innovative smart home ecosystem based on gateway solution with home
automation capability and a wide range of home automation devices. Company offers 4 device management
devices for varied customer needs.
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Geeklink [Guangzhou, 2014]: Geeklink is a smart home based product. It has three products, Feedback-switch,
Thinker, Remote Box 3S. Feedback switch is similar to a regular switch. The engineering system has a unified
standard and can be changed at any time. It pairs up with mobile phones to network intelligently. The Remote
Box 3S acts like a smart home network tool. Thinker is a intelligent control host of smart home with routing
function.
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nCube Home [London, 2012]: nCube home is a London based company that has come up with a smart home
hub and an app, to control all smart home devices from a single platform. App allows users to create rule based
automation for different devices. These rules can be shared with friends and family. Hub does not use cloud
servers to store the data instead all the data is stored in device only. As of December 2015, nCube raised 26K
pounds of 25K goal.
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Nestdeck [Krakow, 2015]: Nestdeck is a smart home hub that lets user to remotely control and manage
connected products. Nestdeck as of December 2015 is compatible only with Z wave. It also provides user a rule
engine to create their own rule based automation. Also provides a dashboard for real time and historical data
visualization and trend analysis.
Droplit, Inc. [Melbourne, 2014]: Droplit is a smart home solution that integrates connected devices to create an
expandable secure platform. Device support BLE and Zwave. Hub provides remote control over lighting,
thermostat, speakers, switches and other wireless sensors. Connected product brands compatible are Sonos,
Philips hue, Nest etc.
Cozify [Espoo, 2013]: Cozify is a wireless smart home hub that connects smart home devices from different
manufacturers. Providing control through the intuitive application. Devices supported are lights. motion
detection, power sockets, timers, notifications etc. Cozify also provides a rule engine to make intuitive drag and
drop rule creation for different devices.
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Mate [Wilmington, 2014]: Mate smart home has developed smart home device management box. It integrates
seamlessly into users home and automatically talks to all the connected devices in the house. Company sells kits
with sensors and Mate smart box.
Cubilog [Budapest, 2013]: Cubilog, spinoff of Intellisense is a smart home management device connecting to a
variety of home automation device providing greater control over them. Main feature being user can customize
their device i.e. user can select the module with the connectivity protocol they desire. Startup Bootcamp
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Securifi [Taipei, 2011]: Securifi has developed a range of routers which can also act as smart home hub
controlling different connected smart home devices. Securifi offers three routers with two of them aligning with
Zigbee and Zwave protocols for home automation thus able to control compatible devices. As of September
2015 Securifi is taking preorder for these 2.
Neeo [Solothurn, 2014]: Neeo has developed a central hub, Brain and a remote to control connected devices.
Brain connects over wifi, bluetooth and Z wave to other smart home devices. Connected devices can be
controlled through a remote with touch panel or through users smartphone. Users can also create if this than
that recipes using Neeo. In Feb 2015 Neeo successfully raised $1.5M through crowdfunding on kickstarter.
Guh [Vienna, 2013]: Guh has developed Tune, a smart home hub compatible with a range of OEMs to network
all the products together. Tune allows user to build their own recipes and share them with other users as well.
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Futurehome [Stavanger, 2013]: Future home is developing a hub for connecting and controlling all the smart
devices in a home. Additionally smart home package of Future home also contains devices like plug, occupancy
sensor, magnet contact etc. App developed by Future home to control its hub can be accessed from any device.
Future home raised $200K in an Indiegogo campaign in November 2014.
Hackajoe Labs [Seattle, 2014]: Hook is a smart home automation solution that control simple smart home
devices with phone and by using IFTTT i.e. making rule based applications.Hook comes with a set of wall sockets
and outlet adapters these are connected to already available home appliances thus enabling control over the
appliances. Hook raised $35K through its kickstarter campaign.
Fantem [Shenzhen, 2011]: Fantem has developed smart home automation solution with Oomi cube at the
center of it. Oomi cube unlike other smart home hubs is packed with sensors enabling it to automatically adjust
other devices like lights. In addition Oomi also offers smart home accessories like security camera, light bulb,
wall socket, leds. Oomi raised more over $1.7M through its Indiegogo campaign in June, 2015.
Blink Automation [Auckland, 2011]: Blink is a cloud-based touchscreen remote control system that works on
the user's smart phone or tablet. Blink can control the user's home theater, lights, AC, blinds etc. Uses iPhone
and iPad to transmit commands for IR, Serial and Relay Control. Phone itneracts with control endpoints which
relay the command to device in the language they understand.
Nuzii Labs [Dubai, 2013]: NUZii contains multiple features. Firstly it can act as a cloud platform (with VPN and
TOR support) with the user providing the storage. It also contains multiple sensors such as: a HD Camera,
motion detection, air quality and temperature sensor. It can also receive and plays audio wirelessly like Apple
AirPlay or a Bluetooth Speaker. It can recognize users by their fitness-bands and smartphones. It also integrates
with major smart home appliances and allows remote control such as Philips Hue, LIFX, Google Nest, Lockitron
etc. Expected in late 2015. Kickstarter was cancelled (failed to raise $65k goal).
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EyeSight Mobile Technologies [Herzliya, 2014]: The Onecue is an electronic eye designed to use gesture
commands to control a wide range of home appliances. This includes HDTVs, AV receivers, media streamers
(Apple TV and Roku), even smart thermostats (Nest) and Wi-Fi-linked lights (Hue). The Onecue can reportedly
control most WIFI based smart devices. It also includes an IR blaster to help control devices like TVs.
SmashToast [Springfield, 2014]: Smashtoast's first product Puck is remote control replacement. It pairs with a
smartphone app and communicates via Bluetooth. It replaces the remote by taking commands from the app and
then issuing commands through it's own IR transmitter. The app can store shortcut commands as well earn from
the user's habits to tailor feeds to them. Has an operating range of 150 feet and up to three years of battery life.
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MaxMyTV [Pittsburgh, 2012]: Maxmytv is a hub for internet of things devices. The hub sits between the users
tv and set up box. By intercepting and reworking the broadcast signal, the hub can overlay content over the
users broadcast without disturbing their show. In addition, with support for standards such as Wi-Fi and zigbee
the device can act as a central hub for all the user's smart devices. Uses include: control, monitor and
automation of home devices from the users tv, overlay of alerts from sensors on tv, overlay of surveillance
camera video over broadcast video and live updates from facebook, twitter and email on a sidebar. Failed to
raise its goal on Kickstarter.
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IoT Design Shop [Vancouver, 2014]: Signul is a beacon system that allows the user to automate parts of their
daily routine. Beacons are configured with a time and an operation. When the users smartphone comes within
the beacons vicinity, they are alerted via an app and the operation paired with the beacon is performed. Some
uses include starting email or texts, playing Spotify when entering their vehicle etc. Raised $38k on a goal of
$25k on Indiegogo.
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Neoji [Paris, 2013]: Neoji is a sensor-packed home security, safety And efficiency monitoring hub. Neoji
monitors home, provides security and reduces energy bills. Using their application Neoji can deliver all of this
information straight to mobile device.
Neoji is packed with smart sensors that communicate with home
energy and water meters to follow consumption in real-time. A premium version of the device also includes a
camera with a fixed 180 degree view so you can remotely log in to do a visual check after being alerted that
something unusual is happening at home with that version of Neoji. Currently crowdfunding their project on
IndieGoGo for a target of $100k.
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Oort [San Francisco, 2014]: Oort is a system of intelligent connected devices that lets users control their whole
living environment with a single app on iOS or Android. It is a wireless Bluetooth Smart/iBeacon smart home
solution and powers wireless communications for a wide range of devices like beacons, lights and power strips,
regardless of manufacturer. Oort lets users build their own IoT system. Through a unique system of beacons and
sensors, oort turns the user's phone into a remote control that has the power to turn off lights, control the
temperature and keep track of objects, pets and people. Oort creates a multi-radio WiFi/Bluetooth low energy
(BTLE) hub that connects all beacons, power strips, adaptors and environment sensors to one simple, easy-touse interface that can be managed right from a user's phone or an Internet browser.
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Uniqon [Busan, 2011]: Uniqon is an Internet of Things hardware startup developing smart home hardware and
cloud platform. They provide a hub for home automation. Customers can remotely control and automate home
appliances and monitor home environments with their smartphone. It learns the behaviour patterns and then
can act on behalf of the user.
ALYT [Los Angeles, 2013]: ALYT is a Do-It-Yourself home manager technology product to integrate security,
energy management and home automation in a single android platform. All the smart devices and appliances in
the home can be integrated with the ALYT kit using standard communication media such as Bluetooth Low
Energy, 3.5G Cellular, IR, NFC, DLNA, Wifi etc. Security dedicated sensors are connected through a RF protocol
with the central system which makes home security highly efficient. ALYT can be managed by Android & iOS
smartphones/tablets using apps from ALYT and third party developers.
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Webee LLC [Miami, 2013]: Webee is a plug and play smart home automation technology. It allows users to
control a wide variety of household items, from televisions and stereo systems to coffee makers and light
switches, through the Webee Boss hub and a linked mobile app. Webee provides a box called Boss that has the
intelligence to discover and connect the smart objects around, allowing them to communicate with each other.
Boss stores all of this information in the cloud and allows the user to control the objects from their smartphone
or tablet, in a virtual representation that they can interact with. It also provides a device which it calls “Bees”,
that are ready-to-use which convert a normal object into a smart device. Each Bee controls specific things like
lights, temperature, shades, among others. Consumers can purchase Bees to be attached to any household
item. The Bees come in various forms like lamp adaptors, smart plugs, wall mount touch controls and dimmers,
thermostat and shade controllers. Webee also learns from the users' habits, lifestyle and schedule, to
automatically suggest ways to save money, make their life more efficient and comfortable. Raised $73k on
Indiegogo with an initial goal of $50k.
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Vera Control [Nevada, 2008]: Provides a complete monitoring and control solution products that work
seamlessly with hundreds of Z-Wave enabled products including thermostats, alarm panels, door locks, lighting
systems, cameras, audio-video gear and more. I
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Peel [Mountain View, 2009]: Peel's app acts as a universal remote works from the users smart devices such as a
smartphone or tablet. Using either the internet or the device's IR function it can control the users TV, console or
AV receiver. Comes integrated with some HTC and Samsung smart phones models. Currently at 50M+ users.
$86.7M
"Peel-In" allows users to tune in directly to a TV show or movie, record the show, set up reminders, or share
with friends while advertiser's market campaigns can be targeted in real-time based on demographics, location,
TV commercial exposures, and both past and present TV viewing behaviors.
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TransLink Capital, Alibaba Group
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iRule [Detroit, 2009]: iRule is a universal remote app for controlling different home devices. iRule allows user to
first create their own remote interface by using their web browser build up platform. Using the built remote
user can communicate all the devices which are on the home wifi network. Company has developed modules $7.11M
which can be dragged and dropped onto the remote in builder. Some of devices include Nest, Lutron, Philips,
Hue, Vera etc.
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Detroit, Envy Capital, IncWell
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Tekoia [Tel Aviv, 2012]: Tekoia's SureMote is a smartphone app that allows the user control of smart devices as
well some legacy devices. The application allows control of devices through just one device, their smartphone.
Using unique proprietary technologies that enables a complete smart universal remote solution for WiFiconnected digital media appliances as well as IR legacy appliances using the same smartphone app. IR devices
are supported using a device profile database.
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Yonomi [Boulder, 2013]: Yonomi's smart home device maangement solution consists of an app and a cloud.
After the app is installed it starts recognizing compatible device and adds them up to the app. User can then
$754.92k
control all their devices using the single platform of the app. Devices work in unison and rule based automation
can be set up to create triggers.
SUPLA [Nysa, 2015]: Supla has developed a open source platform to allow users to build home automation
devices and control them using Supla app. User can build solution using RaspberryPI, Arduino or ESP8266
platforms and then connect them to Supla cloud using LAN or Wifi. These devices run on Supla's software.
Homdroid [Panjim, 2015]: Homdroid home automation system can automate a home without the need for
rewiring or changing the electrical fittings and appliances. Lets the user control the appliances in at home
remotely, create profiles based on time of day and mood, monitor the energy consumption of appliances. Uses
WiFi technology. Claims that installation, configuration and price is less than competitors on LetsVenture.
Moletag [London, 2011]: Moletag has developed a smartphone app which use phones IR transmitter to connect
and control TV, Set-top Box, Audio Video Receiver, Blu-ray Player, Air Conditioner, Projector etc. User can also
make custom remotes where they can add button for different devices on a single tab.
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Color Tiger [Mountain View, 2013]: Anymote has developed a app for infrared controllable home devices. App
when installed in phone communicates with other home devices using a table top device. This device
communicates with phone using bluetooth 4.0 and relays the command over to home devices using IR. App
installed with IR enabled phones can be used to directly communicate with home devices. Anymote device
raised over $150K on Kickstarter.
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Kontrol [Hamburg, ]: Kontrol is an iOS application working as universal remote control for the smart home.
Kontrol connects with homekit compatible to provide user control over them and is also compatible with Siri.
Hivee [San Francisco, 2014]: Hivee is an iOS app that can work with an array of smart home devices thus
eliminating need to maintain separate app for all devices. Product is still in the development phase.
Remotely [Denver, 2013]: Remotely has build a tools for property managers to monitor building and reduce
utility cost. With Remotely dashboard property manager can analyze how smart devices are used in each unit
and provide information for more effective management. User can also schedule lighting and temperature
settings for empty units and common areas. Property manager can also share remotely access with residents to
enable them to control their home devices.
Alfred Smart Home [London, 2014]: Alfred smart home has developed a smart phone app to control smart
devices in a house using a single interface. Additionally it also provides insight into device usage. App is
compatible with Nest, Philips, Netatmo smart devices among others. John Lewis & Microsoft Ventures finalists
2015. Participated and won the Italy CleanWeb Hackhathon 2014, and the startup program iLab Luiss 2014.
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Lhings [Barcelona, 2012]: Cloud platform designed to provide access to internet-enabled things and allows
users to manage, share and interact with them. Also supports web services.It provides a platform called Lhing
which connects devices and apps based on rules.
Owlr [London, 2013]: OWLR is a mobile platform for managing cameras installed in your home or office. Its
smart auto-discovery feature can detect your camera and add it to Your Cameras. Founded by the Stanford
alumni, OWLR app has increased the surveillance and awareness by making it easier to control cameras.
Initial Capital
Sensorflare [San Francisco, 2014]: Sensorflare integrates different kinds of smart devices, communication
protocols and online services that exist in smart environments and provide services that allow easy
management of automation devices, smart objects or sensors from a single point of control. For this Sensorflare
offers smartphone application. The app supports a number of smart home devices and sync with them in no
time. Won the Speaktoit Integration Award.
Athom [Enschede, 2014]: Athom has developed a product for smart home device management compatible with
a range of home automation standards like zigbee, zwave, wifi etc. User can control various smart device using
voice when in proximity or by using smartphone app. Homey managed to raise over $220K on crowdfunding
platform Kickstarter.
$1.1M
Cubic Robotics [Moscow, 2012]: Cubic is an open platform device controller, that consists of a "Home Cube"
and a portable "Power Badge," which are both voice-activated and can integrate with mobile apps and
household appliances. Cubic's abilities include controlling smart devices such as Nest, Hue lights etc, integrates
with wearables such as Misfit and Jawbone, give traffic updates and read emails, play music, order delivery,
read instructions while the user cooks, turn off lights, set alarms. Has integration with over 50 apps and devices.
Their technology has received multiple patents. Has raised $88k on a goal of $100k on Indiegogo (campaign is
still live as of Jan 2015). Expected in late 2015.
$600k
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Eddy [London, 2014]: Eddy Labs provides a voice interface to control smart home devices. Eddy Labs is part of
the Founder.org Class of 2015, winner of Imperial College's Venture Capitalist challenge and is currently
supported through funding from the UK Technology Strategy Board.
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Litehouse [San Jose, 2014]: Litehouse offers a cloud based OS and hardware platform for the Internet of Things.
Their board can identify and control various states and can control IoT devices at home. The devices are
exposed via an API. Apple Homekit and Android support is available out of the box.
$25k
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Amaterasu Electronics [Hyderabad, 2012]: Amaterasu Electronics offers their home automation hub called
Sakura. Based on Microsoft's Kinect platform, it allows voice and app based control of all electrical devices
plugged into the system. The system also features occupancy based control, security monitoring, device
scheduling, alerts and energy monitoring. Incubated at the CIE center at IIIT, Hyderabad
Jarvis [San Francisco, 2013]: Jarvis is a voice interface based home automation devices management platform.
Users can ask Jarvis to control the lighting, air conditioning, feed the pets, make coffee, or play their favorite
song. The product is not released yet.
Ivee [San Francisco, 2011]: Ivee is voice-controlled home assistant technology product developed by Interactive
Voice. The product enables a user to give voice commands and set alarms on the device, control sound, timer
control, control lights and fans in the house which are wi-fi connected. Few other connected devices can
comprise of home thermostat control, home security and locking system and any other wi-fi connected device
can be integrated with ivee.
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Ding Labs [London, 2015]: Ding Products has developed a smart doorbell to talk to people on door from remote
locations. The solution consists of a bell switch with integrated speaker, indoor bell unit, and a companion app.
Whenever anyone rings a bell user indoor bell unit creates sound and notifies user on their phone. The user can
then talk to the person on the door from anywhere in the world.
Cassia Networks [San Jose, 2014]: Cassia Networks has developed a bluetooth based network platform which is
used to home entertainment and security. The Cassia Hub is able to connect and control multiple bluetooth
enabled devices in the house, be it a light, music system or sensors. The company claims that the Cassia Hub and
Cassia App can combine to make a Bluetooth router solution that can connect up to 22-Bluetooth devices
simultaneously and can extend the Bluetooth range up to 1000+ feet (300+ meters) open air.
SocialStarts, Han Hai Investment,
Social Starts, CRCM Venture Capital,
Amino Capital
Hive [Salt Lake City, 2014]: Hive is a combination of smart speakers and a hub. Speakers can stream music from
varied sources and push incoming notifications, also can sync up with other hive speakers. Speaker can also be
used to communicate with emergency responders. Hub can be used to control other smart home devices.
Surpassed their funding goal of $100k but cancelled funding.
Home Automation Furniture
KamarQ [Singapore, 2015]: KamarQ is a high quality and connected furniture brand. It is a crowdfunding site
where customers choose furniture based on its design. Any furniture that gets a certain number of votes is
accepted for sale on the Kamarq platform and the company shares the revenue with the designers. The firm has $3.11M
a brand named Sound Table, which is a wooden IoT (Internet of Things) table capable of playing music or
environmental sounds in accordance with the weather, controllable with a mobile app.
Cyberagent Ventures, Energy and
Environment Investment, iStyle
Capital
VTF Capital, Navitas Capital, VTF
Capital
Home Automation Furniture
Stir [Pasadena, 2012]: Stir kinetic desk is aimed at improving the users activity while using the desk. The user
presets their preferred heights for standing, sitting and ideal goal for standing height. In active mode the desk
will move an inch up or down after an interval, inviting the user to change position and preventing extended
periods of sedentary posture. Over time the desk tracks the users burned calories and learns when its best to
remind the user to change positions. The desk also has touchscreen controls for direct user input. Other
features include 8 built in AC ports and 4 USB ports as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for syncing with
other fitness apps.
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Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Home Automation Furniture
Home Automation Furniture
Home Automation Furniture
Home Automation Garage Doors
Home Automation Garage Doors
Details
Funding
Investors
Cyberspace Furniture [New York City, 2015]: Cyberspace furniture is developing a smart closet which will
organize users stuff thus making it easier to retrieve stuff later. All the products inserted in closet will be
photographed by closed, identified and tagged by remote assistants. Stuff will be stored on internal conveyor
belts.
Zami [Arnhem, 2014]: Zami is an ergonomically designed tool to improve posture and promote active sittings.
Embedded sensors in the stool enable it to give real time feedback about the posture through Zami app. Sensors
are put in each legs to determine weight distribution and advise about posture. Zami raised over $110K through
a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in July 2015.
AllMobile
MisterBrightLight [Hilversum, 2014]: MisterBrightLight helps users reduce aliments due to constant sitting. The
desk sends an alert to its companion smartphone app (iOS only) to let the user when to change position, with
the desk's height being adjustable by holding a hand over a sensor built into the top surface. The app can track
calories burnt, set goals, earn virtual trophies and share progress on Facebook. The desk also tracks
temperature, and oxygen and humidity levels in the air, pushing notifications to the phone suggesting when it's
time to open a window to help create a better working environment. Battery backup can be added as well. The
LED color on desk can also be changed.
Iomando [Barcelona, 2011]: Iomando has developed a box and app to manage access to motor controlled gates.
Once the Iobox is installed with the motor in a gate, the user can then use a companion app to open gates and
to authorize and manage access by users like no. of times a particular user can enter or distance from which the
gate can be opened.
Keiretsu Forum, Sitka Capital
GaragApp [Vigo, 2014]: Garagapp has developed a connected device that is installed with the motor operated
door, once the user enters the key associated with the connected he can control it using the companion app
installed on the smartphone. Th user can also give and revoke access to third parties. The company charges a
one-time cost for the device and monthly fees.
Telefonica
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Garage Beacon [Powell, 2014]: Garage Beacon bluetooth garage door opener integrated with smartphone. A
beacon goes on the wall unit of garage door and user can pair the smartphone with the unit. Beacon than
detects when user is in proximity and user can open or close gate using the app. User can share pin with others
using the app. Device is claimed to be compatible with a smart watch too. Garage beacon achieved its funding
goal on kickstarter by raising more than $20K on kickstarter.
Home Automation Garage Doors
Home Automation Garage Doors
Home Automation Garage Doors
Home Automation Garage Doors
WifiGate Top [Jilin City, 2015]: Wifi gate is developing a device which attaches to motor of roller doors and
windows and can start and stop the motor by controlling it remotely through phone. User can share the access
to device and keep logs of garage doors operation on app.
Brocel Corporation [San Francisco, 2010]: Garage Door Buddy a solution to control garage door from phone,
without needing to replace existing opener. It fits into the existing system. User can give remote access to
visitors and monitor when garage door is open or closed. Device is available on Amazon.
Open Sesame [Huntington Beach, 2014]: Open Sesame garage door solution is a combination of two things a
bluetooth device and a smart phone app. Bluetooth device goes into the controller panel of garage door. App
can then be used to control garage door and monitor it remotely. Usage of bluetooth eliminates need of wifi
and original remote can also be used. Product raised $45K of a $41K goal on Indiegogo.
Sesame [Fremont, 2014]: Sesame has developed a smart garage door controller, device consists of a gateway
and a keypad. Gateway provides remote monitoring and control of upto 2 garage doors, keypad for access
without a smartphone. Using the gateway user can limit access, monitor usage and open and close door
remotely.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (42/107)
Company
Home Automation Garage Doors
Details
Funding
Garageio [Columbus, 2013]: Garageio is an Alottazs Labs' product. It is a device that can control as many as
three garage doors automatically. Customers can control the opening/closing of door from their smart phone
app. Garageio blackbox requires an internet connection for remote usage. Users can give access to the Garagio
box to upto 10 people, so they can also control the garage doors.
Investors
Amazon
Home Automation Gardening
HydroPoint [Petaluma, 2002]: HydroPoint Data Systems develops smart water management solutions for
landscape irrigation applications. The company’s WeatherTRAK solutions combine controllers and other
hardware with cloud-based applications and services to automate irrigation schedules based on landscape- $67.8M
specific parameters. In addition, it provides site specific weather data to agencies and corporations; and hydro
analytics services.
Monitor Ventures, J F Shea Company,
RockPort Capital, Chrysalix EVC,
Firelake Capital, Scenic Ventures,
Toro, Seven Mile Capital Partners
Bpifrance, Seventure Partners
Home Automation Gardening
Parrot Group [Paris, 1994]: Parrot designs, develops and markets UAVs that connect with smartphone or tablet,
and AR/VR headsets. Currently focused on automotive, civil drones and connected objects. Parrot is expanding
on the UAV market with the Parrot AR.Drone, a quadricopter piloted via Wi-Fi and using augmented reality and
so with new solutions to address the UAV market for professional use. Manufactures a wide array of drones,
$35.1M
and is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris since 2006. Was a leader in automotive infotainment area before it
ventured into mobile application platforms. Acquired DiBcom, a fabless semi-conductor company in July'11.
Invested in MicaSense, software provider to collect data on agriculture crops; and Airinov, provider of UAV
farming applications and sensors in 2014.
Rachio [Denver, 2012]: Rachio has developed a platform to address the sprinkling issues of a household garden.
Additionally it has also developed a hardware Iro which is connected to Rachio platform. Rachio platform $10.02M
enables remote sprinkler management and it automates the watering process to start only when required.
Foundry Group, SK Ventures,
Arborview Capital, Michigan eLab,
Miramar Ventures, MetaProp NYC
Home Automation Gardening
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Grove [Somerville, 2013]: Grove offers a Hydroponic growing system, that consists of a cabinet with five boxes.
Four of them hold plants, with LED lights that connect to the Grove OS, allowing users to control the lighting
schedule, as well as monitor the temperature, humidity, and water level through WiFi. The fifth box is home to a
$4.18M
fish aquarium, that uses fish waste to produce fertilizer for the plants, which in turn clean the fishes’ water.
Optional monthly subscriptions ($25 a month) provide early adopters with seeds. Expected retail price at launch
is $2400. Open to early adopters in Boston (with Feb 2015 delivery).
Home Automation Gardening
Plantsense [San Francisco, 2006]: Easybloom has developed sensors which give insight into effect of
environment conditions on plant by measureing light, temperature, and humidity. User have to put in sensor
system provided by company into soil where they want to grow plant or already have a plant. User can than
attach the sensor to laptop using USB. Software processes the raw sensor data to give insights and also suggest
plants to grow on the basis of the data. Product is available for purchase at Amazon, Home Depot etc.
Home Automation Gardening
Edyn [Oakland, 2013]: Edyn’s garden sensor measures how much light, water, and fertilizer the plants are
receiving, collecting this data via a long metal probe that sticks in the ground in the customer's garden. Sensors
Plug and Play Tech Center, Fenox
at ground level detect the ambient temperature, light, and humidity, while sensors in the probe measure the
Venture Capital, Morningside
soil’s moisture, acidity, and fertility. The system uses Wi-Fi to send the data to the cloud, where it’s analyzed
Ventures, Woodside O'Brien, Indicator
along with the data the customer has entered into the Edyn app about what they have planted, and weather $2.38M
Ventures, IW North America Advisory,
data based on their location. That lets the cloud intelligently control the other half of the system, the Edyn
Idea Bulb Ventures, Morningside
water valve, which has regular hose threads to connect to the water source. Both the garden sensor and the
venture Capital
water valve are solar powered, with a lithium-polymer battery on board to store power for backup. Raised
$384k on Kickstarter with an initial target of $100k. Part of YCombinator S14 batch.
Home Automation Gardening
Click & Grow [Tallinn, 2009]: Click & Grow creates soil-less, electronic flowerpots that grow plants without
watering and fertilizing. Each flower pot is wired with sensors, a processor and software that checks on the plant
and provides it with fertilizer and water as needed. Each pot uses a combination of hydroponics and aeroponics,
and requires an occasional refilling of the water reservoir, about once a month. The pot uses a pump to nourish
the roots over time.
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$4M
$2.1M
Upfront Ventures, Felicis Ventures,
Rough Draft Ventures, Dorm Room
Fund, Galvanize, Linden Mobile
Ventures, R/GA, Maiden Lane,
Vayner/RSE
Western Technology Investment,
Gabriel Venture Partners
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
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Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
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n.thing [Seoul, 2014]: N.thing has developed products for internet connected garden, sensors for garden
monitoring in which users to control and monitor the growth of their indoor plants through the IoT platform.The
users can track the data on the smartphone application from which they can control the plant’s humidity, water
level, and light remotely. The app offers many useful tools such as weather reports, measuring schemes, and
mood boards that help plant lovers closely monitor the changes in their plant. They have three products in their $1.73M
product line: Planty, an internet connected gardening pot in which gardening activities can be controlled from
smartphone, Planto, a sensor that can be used indoor or outdoor for the information regarding the moisture
level, temperature and lights in your garden, and Life, a gardening journal from which users can record their
gardening activities and post them on social media.
PlantLink [Champaign, 2012]: Plant Link, provides monitoring and controlling water usage for plants. Placing the
wireless sensors next to plants, users receive custom watering schedules via text message, email, or push
notification. Raised $96k on Kickstarter in 2013.
$523k
Lono LLC [New York City, 2013]: Lono is a sprinkler controller which works with existing sprinklers to enable
control over them through app. App helps user to divide garden into zones and then focus on each one of them
as and when required. Lono reached its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter and raised over $155K in December
2013.
$250k
Greenbox [Tel Aviv, 2012]: Uses irrigation algorithm which adjusts the schedule of watering system based on
local climate conditions. Has features to control, monitor automate, optimize and automate based on weather.
Connects with Bluetooth and WiFi for remote controlling. The product is available for purchase on their website.
$250k
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Korean Development Bank, sparklabs,
TRIBELUGA
Serra Ventures
Home Automation
Home Security
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Investors
$27K
Techfounders
Home Automation Gardening
Plants & Machines [Weimar, 2013]: Plantsandmachines is a developer of autonomous indoor garden systems
for cultivation of flowers, fruits and vegetables using aquaponics. The system consists of hardware which is
controlled by arduino powered bots which use machine learning to deploy nutrients and maintain the
environment. Also allows remote control of operations through mobile app instead of making the system
autonomous. Company is part of Tech Founders accelerator batch of July 2015.
$25k
University Waterloo
Home Automation Gardening
Grobo [Kitchener, 2014]: Grobo is a personalized app-controlled in-home gardening system that lets anyone
grow a successful garden at any time of the year, regardless of their experience level. Grobo is developing smart
indoor planters designed to allow consumers to easily grow fresh produce at home. Grobo's modular system is
designed to fit into any space and lets the user easily and economically grow an indoor garden. Grobo is
currently incubated in the Velocity Foundry and is in the product development stage.
Home Automation Gardening
Grow and Help [Madrid, 2015]: Grow and Help has developed HUI, a device to help user in indoor farming.
Device is based on the concept that all growing environments and monitoring the environment before helps in
deciding which plants to grow. User has to place the device which is equipped with sensors and wifi connectivity
at the area user plans to grow plants. Device monitors and captures different environmental factors to tell user
through the companion app, which plant will be best to grow in the certain environment. After planting plant
device also keeps user updated on growth. Device managed to raise over 4400 Euro in its crowdfunding
campaign on Kickstarter.
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
AVA [Vancouver, 2015]: AVA home is a connected soil less growing solution to grow plants indoors. AVA
solutions consists of compostable gel based pods which contain palnt specific recipes, each pod is recognized
individually by the growing system and growth light keeps user updated about the plant cycle. Companion app
allows user to monitor plant growth and connect with other growers.
Agrilution [Munich, 2013]: Agrilution is developing a connected device called PlantCube to grow fruits and
vegetable at home. Plantcube is a closed vertical farm which is independent of outside temperature thus
enabling people to grow all year long. User can adjust light, water and temperature inside the Plantcube by
using the companion mobile app. As of May 2016 device is available for pre order.
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Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
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Ponos [Austin, 2015]: Ponos is a smart device for growing plants in home. User just has to throw in seeds and
select a grow plan from the companion app and the device takes care of the rest. Device is complete with LED
lights to enable photosynthesis, HD camera to keep a check and environment sensors to monitor and adjust the
system for optimizing growth. As of May 2016, company is taking pre orders for its device.
Grobo [Waterloo, 2014]: Grobo is developing wifi connected indoor gardening system that analyzes and uses
real time data to optimize plant growth. User is updated on the plant status through their companion app.
Growing system is fitted with LED lights and plants are grown in pod.
Creative Destruction Lab, SOSV, HAX
Grow With Root [Redwood City, 2014]: Grow with Root has developed a smart connected device to enable
indoor farming. Root uses hydroponic technology to grow plants in pods and comes with LED grow lights thus
making it energy efficient. Company claims to be providing starter kit with non GMO seeds and fertilizers. Root
can be connected to home wifi and can be controlled through app to set timer on grow, app can also be used to
connect to other indoor growers. As of April 2016, company is taking pre orders for the kit at $299. Company
launched on Indiegogo but failed to meet its funding goal.
Dreamit Ventures
Droponic [San Mateo, 2015]: Droponic is developing a connected hydroponic indoor gardening solution for
growing herbs and vegetables. Product consists of a seed container, nutrient blaster and smart cup. Device
sends reminder to user to add water and nutrients. Additionally company also provides seeds selected
especially for Droponic.
Growiee [ , 2015]: Growiee is an intelligent indoor gardening system. Growiee uses LED technology to light the
plants. Connected units can be used to grow upto 3 plants of limited variety. Inbuilt water, temperature and
current sensors keep relaying the growing conditions to users smartphone. Product managed to raise only $940
of a $88K goal on Indiegogo.
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Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
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iDro [Denver, 2013]: iDro has developed an automated hydroponic system targeted at household cannabis
growers. The system automates the environment control and irrigation and the company claims that the system
can help grow 4 ounces of cannabis in every 2 and a half months. The system can be controlled through a
mobile app which displays the growth levels of the plants.
Earth Prime [New Orleans, 2012]: Earth Prime has developed iGardenX, a smart hydroponic growth system for
household farming of varieties of herbs and plants. The system has inbuilt sensors and supportive software that
helps it automate the entire process including water deployment. The company has also launched Earth Prime
mobile app which can pair with iGardenX and enable remote control of operations and the app also aggregates
information related to urban farming practices.
Smartgrow [Singapore, 2013]: Smart grow is an IoT technology which helps in backyard farming and fishery.
The technology has three modules, Aqua Node - Tracking the health of the water, Air Node - Tracking the
environment for plants and a WiFi gateway which interacts with user on the inferences.
Cloudponics [Santiago, 2014]: Cloudponics has developed a indoor plant growing system. For beginner growers
they can select what plant they want to grow, from a crowd sourced database. After that growing system
automatically adjusts according to plant condition. For expert growers system provides functionality of
controlling and monitoring light, temperature, water, nutrient, pH etc.
Greenopia [Bangalore, 2014]: Greenopia is a smart gardening kit consisting a smart pot and a mobile
application. The smart pot has sensors that detect the status of a plant, such as water, sunlight and soil
conditions. The app allows users to track their plant and suggests improvements. Users can also remotely water
the plant using an inbuilt tank in the pot. Plans to launch a platform where users can store data related to the
plant and share it with others. Winner of Indo-Russian MTS Innovatsii 2015 award. Raised INR 0.96 M through
Crowdfunding platform Wishberry.
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Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
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Vegidair [Paris, 2015]: The vegidair is a development phase mini garden that has an automated system to
manage water, light, nutrients and other features to facilitate indoor gardening. Product is available for pre
order on company's website.
Osmo Systems [Oakland, 2013]: Osmo systems has developed a device which measures different parameters
like pH, dissolved oxygen, water temperature, water level, air temperature, relative humidity etc. for
hydroponic, aquaculture, aquaponic or aquaculture system.
Daisy.si [Ljubljana, 2013]: Daisy is a smart watering system with sensors to measure humidity, moisture,
temperature and irrigates through an algorithm which define optimal amount of water plant requires. User can
configure the device according their needs. Device raised $29K of a $25K goal on Indiegogo.
Home Automation Gardening
Growen [St. Petersburg, 2014]: Growen is a smart flower pot with built in water storage to water plants
automatically when required and send real time plant conditions to users phone. Device automates watering
and fertilizing soil moisture and controlling water level. Inbuilt sensors can measure required conditions of plant
such as humidity, temperature and light level. Application has big database of houseplants and show status of
your plant by gathering required information via Bluetooth from a pot. As of December 2015 Growen is taking
pre orders on its website.
Home Automation Gardening
Green Electronics [Fremont, 2010]: By leveraging weather forecasting data such as temperature, wind and
rainfall, the Rainmachine dynamically adjusts and controls the users sprinkling schedule. The device uses data
from NOAA to forecast water requirements while taking into account EvapoTranspiration. By getting the most
accurate weather data every six hours, the Rainmachince aims to reduce water usage while maximizing the
effect of the water used. It supports upto to six zones and allows the user to water their garden even while not
in the country.
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Home Automation
Home Security
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Home Automation (49/107)
Company
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Investors
Plaid Systems [San Francisco, 2013]: Plaid Systems is developing a irrigation controller which uses studies the
local weather data and accordingly calculates the watering schedule for the garden. Spruce sensors go into
ground for detecting moisture, temperature etc. sprinkler valve wires go into the controller. Eve managed to
raise $76K via its kickstarter campaign.
Ladera Labs [Portola Valley, 2013]: Ladera labs has developed a smart irrigation controller which can be
controlled through any browser by user. Sprinklers smart mode enables it to adjust according to the local
weather conditions i.e. avoid sprinkling in case of rain. Product "sold out" as of October 2015.
Alchemist Accelerator
InnoLink Capital, Lab360
Home Automation Gardening
WaterBit [Santa Clara, 2015]: Waterbit is a precision agriculture firm that has developed high granularity
sensors for real time soil sensing. Data captured is integrated with cloud and is coupled with data analytic that
can be accessed through the mobile application by the registered user. The firm ran its preliminary tests at
University of California Davis and has developed sensor named "Rev 2", commercial production of which start in
the first quarter of 2016-17. It claims to have received orders from many growers across the state of California.
Home Automation Gardening
Blossom [Irvine, 2014]: Blossom is the smart watering device that self-programs the user's sprinkler system
based on data from local weather forecasts, historical records and user feedback. Using weather intelligence to
automatically pull in data from multiple forecast services, Blossom constantly adjusts for a highly accurate
localized watering plan. It can also factor in plant types and it will customize the right water schedule for each
vegetation. Also features a companion smartphone app (Android and iOS) as well as PLC and WiFi connectivity.
Can reduce water usage by 30%. Has raised more than $92k on goal of $30k on Kickstarter.
Home Automation Gardening
Plaid Systems [ , 2013]: Eve is a smart irrigation control system for home. Using the provided Adam sensor
(temperature and dual moisture sensors), Eve detects when it's best to water the plants. It can also connect to
smart home hubs via Zigbee and download weather data and based on the forecast adjust the watering
schedule. It can connect to the user's smartphone to give them detailed watering history as well. Can save up to
60% on water bills compared to standard systems. Compatible with Thread, Stack and Almond+.
Home Automation Gardening
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Lono App [American Fork, 2013]: Lono sprinkler controller allows homeowners to connect their yard’s irrigation
system to an application on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Designed to streamline of the process
of watering grass and surrounding plant life, Lono users can turn specific sprinkler zones on and off with a single
tap on their mobile device. Users can also adjust the amount of water that’s distributed to specific zones, ideal
when one area of a yard is exposed to sunlight for a longer period of time than other areas during the day.
Successfully raised $160k from crowdfunding website kickstarter.com in Dec 2013.
Home Automation Gardening
Home Automation Gardening
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Bitponics [Brooklyn, 2011]: Web-controlled automation for hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Has sensors
that monitors garden environment. Controlled through the browser, the Bitponics cloud monitors your sensors,
automatically turns connected accessories on & off, and notifies you when to take action. See real-time sensor
data on web dashboards and control your accessories and swap tips with everyone in the Bitponics community.
Koubachi [Zurich, 2009]: Wifi plant sensor notifies the user if plants need water or fertilizer. Also comes with an
iOS app that visualizes plants and sends care tips for all common plants. Spin-off of ETH Zurich.
Momenta, BLR & Partners
Droplet [San Francisco, 2013]: Droplet is a smart sprinkler system that combines the latest technology in
robotics, cloud computing and connected services to transform the way sprinkler systems function. Droplet
keeps plants healthy without wasting water by drawing upon a vast system of data to intelligently determine
Home Automation - how best to care for plants. Through a cloud software system, users can configure their Droplet to water the
Gardening - Sprinklers grass, the trees and the areas where you have flowers planted without indiscriminately watering the whole yard
$451k
Han Hai Investment, Idea Bulb
Ventures, CLI Ventures, Amino Capital
GreenIQ [Petah Tikva, 2013]: GreenIQ has developed a device that collects weather information from the
nearest weather station and accordingly schedules sprinkler to water gardens. It can connect to sensors like rain
sensor and to sprinklers to get watering in sync with weather. iOS/Android app enables full control over the
device from anywhere.
$450k
Entree Capital
Home Automation Gardening - Sprinklers
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Roslen [Auburn, 2013]: Roslen manufactures the NetAqua Irrigation System, network appliances for controlling
and monitoring landscape watering. Uses international Internet weather service and optional local microclimate
sensors. Flow sensor option tracks usage and detects line breaks with automatic shutoff.
IrrigationCaddy [Austin, 2009]: Irrigation Caddy is a wifi enabled smart irrigation control system. User can
schedule irrigation for upto 10 zones. The system is capable of tracking water usage and future plans can be
visualized. Irrigation Caddy can be accessed on the go using app or web browser.
Rain Commander [Denver, 2010]: RainCommander is a wifi enabled sprinkler controller that can be installed for
existing sprinkler zones. Central controller unit can adjust upto 12 zones. Using one unit user can create upto 10
schedules that fit their need and can start and stop watering remotely.
OpenSprinkler [Amherst, 2011]: Opensprinkler has developed connected sprinkler enabling user to program,
run or stop zones at anytime from anywhere. With OpenSprinkler user can create a wide array of independent
programs with custom start times to fit their need. Sprinklers read the weather data from public sources to
automatically adjust according to it.
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$63M
O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Khosla
Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners,
Jingdong, Founders Fund, GGV
Capital, Horizons Ventures, TransLink
Capital, Formation 8, TenOneTen,
Shunwei, Inctank Ventures, Xiaomi,
Horizen Ventures
LIFX [Melbourne, 2012]: LIFX is the smart light LED bulb which is wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored
bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. Enables to reduce your energy consumption and save
money. Raised $1.3M on Crowdfunding website Kickstarter in Dec 2013. Series A funding investors include
Bevan Clark and Guy King.
$12M
Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Qualcomm
Ventures, Collaborative Fund,
Angelcube, Blackbird Ventures,
Maiden Lane
Linkbee [New York City, 2015]: Linkbee is a smart home connected solutions provider, first of the company's
product is claimed to be a smart LED bulb which is integrated with sensors and audio through neural networks
to constantly learn and improve the surroundings.
$6M
Loeb Enterprises, Pegasus Capital
Advisors, Loeb
Skydrop [Salt Lake City, 2013]: Skydrop is a smart sprinkler controller. The skydrop controller uses weather data
to water when it needs and how much it needs to. The Skydrop controller helps users determine how much
water their lawns need. It also calculates how much moisture the lawn is losing each day, and sets watering
times accordingly, making sure that the grass always has the optimum amount of water it needs to stay green
and healthy. The controller can be mounted to the wall with the four universal screws. When the users start the
skydrop controller for the first time, they will be given the option to connect to the skydrop cloud service via a
Wi-Fi connection. Users can access their skydrop controller from a web browser or mobile device via the
Home Automation - skydrop mobile app. In addition, the cloud enables skydrop to interpret hyperlocal, real-time weather data to
Gardening - Sprinklers intelligently water the landscape. Skydrop will be available spring 2014.
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Misfit Wearables [Redwood City, 2011]: Makes products and services in the consumer health and fitness space.
Misfit’s first product Shine - an elegant personal activity tracker that instantly syncs with smartphone just by
placing the device on the screen. Misfit Shine’s proprietary sensor algorithms can track cycling and swimming in
addition to just steps. Also sells the Beddit sleep sensor under the Misfit label. Has also announced Swarovskiencrusted Shine wearable devices. They have also launched a wirelessly-connected, color-changing light bulb
called Bolt. It supports multiple colors and can work in conjunction with their sleep tracking device like Shine,
Flash, and Beddit, with the ability to slowly wake the user up.
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AwoX [Montpellier, 2003]: Awox is the developer of a range of connected home appliances which include
smartphone-controlled light bulbs, bluetooth/wifi speakers and a wireless adapter that connects to regular
home stereo, enabling the user to stream music. The company also develops a smart stick which connects to TVs $5.13M
HDMI and home wifi, enabling the user to surf net and watch videos. In addition, the company also provides
SDKs to developers developing a multimedia application.
CM-CIC Capital Prive, BNP Paribas
Investment Partners, Soridec,
Innovacom, Draper Esprit
Jopeko
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BeON Home [Cambridge, 2013]: The BeON bulb is a home intrusion prevention system built into LED lighting.
After installing, the system learns and replays the lighting patterns while users are away in order to create the
impression of the user being at home. The bulb system uses built-in rechargeable batteries to provide lighting in
case of power outage. It can also turn the light on in response to a door bell ring as well. The bulbs use $4.55M
Bluetooth LE to communicate with the companion app (iOS or Android) to enable Away mode, preview light
schedules, train the bulbs to listen for sounds etc. Has raised more than $102k on a goal of $100k on Kickstarter.
Received $1.5M in investment from Dangold Investment Corporation.
Astro [New York City, 2014]: Astro designs and manufactures smart home devices that drive energy efficiency,
provide home automation and security. Its first product, Twist, is a high-efficiency light bulb that contains
$3.62M
cameras, and speakers which can fit into existing light fixtures. Twist can deliver wireless lighting, wireless audio
and wireless camera solutions.
Crosslink Capital, Expansion Venture
Capital, Zelkova Ventures, Winklevoss
Capital, Maiden Lane, Lerer Hippeau
Ventures, MetaProp NYC
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$2.9M
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Nanoleaf [Toronto, 2012]: Nanoleaf LED light bulbs are an energy efficient light bulb that operates at almost
double the efficiency of any other bulb. The bulbs brightness can be adjusted by a standard power switch (no
need for changes to the existing power switch) and without the need to connect to Wi-Fi or a smartphone. The
bulb uses LED's which helps improve brightness while reducing power draw and wasted heat output. Raised
$162k (Sep 3, 2014) and $273k (March 4, 2013) in funding. Raised $192k on Kickstarter on a goal of $30k.
$275k
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MooresCloud [Chippendale, 2012]: MooresCloud's first product, Holiday by MooresCloud, is an intelligent,
connected string of festive lights. The lights are controled by an embedded linux system and connected to the
owners smartphone or tablet via WiFi. The led lights can change colors based on photos or movement, sync
light pulses to music and exploit a myriad of other tricks. The first production run of Holiday lights shipped to
Australian and New Zealand customers in December 2013 and North American customers in 2014. Raised $275k
on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
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Development Technology Canada
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nuSocket [Cambridge, 2013]: nuSocket has developed a modular LED light bulb that extends the function of the
light socket way beyond just lighting. Their product nuBulb normally screws in and works like a normal light
bulb. Provides a smartphone app to control the brightness and schedule lighting of the nuBulb light. Power
backup exists in the bulb itself, providing a 4 hour backup incase of power outage. Low powered device (11W)
with luminosity equivalent to a 60W bulb.
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WaveBomb [Shanghai, 2013]: WaveBomb is the manufacturer of smart bulb Whome and smart speaker Magic.
Whome is an intelligent Wi-Fi based smart bulb which can get connected to the user's device. It supports all the
256 colors and has multi-room intelligent control system. Magix is a smart speaker which can support any music
application, once connected to a device on Wi-Fi hotspot. Claims to have raised Angel round of funding.
IIS 8
Merlot Laboratories [Seoul, 2012]: Merlot Labs is a South Korean manufacturer of a range of LED lighting
products for domestic and commercial usage. Company's products include LED down light, flood light, T5 lights,
bulb and a smart series of connected bulb for home. Smart series can be controlled by smartphone for
brightness and color. User can also set on/off timings and give control of the light to a group.
Capstone Partners
Nion [Noida, 2015]: Home automation startup. Products include wifi enabled smart LED light strips UUVA and
wifi switch Pluggx. Light strips can be attached to various surfaces like furniture, kitchen cabinet, etc., then
UUVA device needs to be turned on and connected with its wifi. It can then be controlled with Nion app to
change colour, create scenes or sync lights with music. Claims it uses neural networks algorithm & speech
recognition supporting over 38+ languages to enable 16 million+ color changes through voice commands of
user. Wifi switch helps enables lights, fan and home appliances to be controlled via the app.
Hungry Bulb [Delhi, 2015]: Hungry bulb is a technology company offering retro-fittable smart home systems.
The devices can be controlled over the internet through a wifi connection and also offer energy savings. Other
features include protection from voltage fluctuations, timers, different modes for functioning and sharing with
friends and family.
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Sengled [Tongxiang, 2000]: Sengled has developed a range of LED light bulbs which can be controlled via
companion app. User have option to choose from a range of products either only a light bulb or one with
speaker, microphone, webcam integrated. App can be used to control volume of speakers and intensity of light
from the bulbs. Company was honored with CES innovation award in 2014.
Sensory Media [London, 2014]: Sensory Media has developed Sound Glow smart lighting control system that
can adjust lighting to designer selected color themes by understanding the music played. Package consists of a
central controller, a wifi LED controller and LED strips. Company provides their service on subscription basis by
charging for the no. of devices installed.
Qube [Singapore, 2015]: Qube smarthome is developing a multicolored wifi smart bulb for home. Bulb is
claimed to be able to detects users presence in home and adjust the lighting accordingly. User can also Qube
Schedule to preset lights for a particular time and event. Each Qube bulb is claimed to be acting as a hub on its
own and can communicate other. Each bulb can be controlled remotely for anywhere and it notifies user in case
the bulbs are on in users absence. Qube managed to raise over $400K in a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo
in December 2015.
Diva [Milan, 2015]: Diva home claims to be developing a connected LED lamp which can how much energy is
being consumed by users home appliances in order. Team is based out of Milan and founder has filed for a
patent.
Luke Roberts [Vienna, 2014]: Fluxo is a smartphone controlled multi LED lamp with capability to focus at
different directions. User can light up different areas as per requirement by using the lamp and can also change
color as per need. User can also set scenes, lamp learn these scenes to automatically generate them. Lukas Pilat
Founder & MD served as a software engineer at CERN. As of late December 2015, product raised 240K Euro
with 19 days to go on Kickstarter.
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Stealth
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Switch [Bangalore, 2015]: Working on devices for making homes smart and energy efficient. Its initial offering is
a LED, Wi-Fi enabled lighting device which allows users to control it from anywhere (on/off/dim) using a mobile
app. Plans on releasing devices which allows high power appliances to the cloud. Founders are BITS Pilani
alumni.
Caseta Wireless [Coopersburg, 1961]: Caseta Wireless is a product of Lutron to enable smart lighting.Caséta
Wireless is made up of dimmers, a remote control, a bridge, and an app. Kit is compatible with Apple Homekit,
Nest, Xfinity Home.
Pretty Smart Homes [Austin, 2014]: Pretty Smarthomes is taking preorders for a range of smart lamps with
built in bluetooth. Lamp notifies user on receiving calls, emails and texts and finds user phone upon double
tapping. Also measures the zone temperature enabling better temperature control. Also acts as a beacon.
Luzi [Palo Alto, 2015]: Luzi is a smartlamp for the bedroom made to help user relax and sleep better.Smart lamp
is claimed to come with an integrated speaker system, colored dimmable bulbs, USB charging ports, wireless
charging pod. Luzi Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was unsuccessful and closed late July 2015.
Belleds [San Francisco, 2014]: Belleds technologies founded by MIT alumni has developed smart LED bulbs
which connect to users smart phone via base station. User can then control light intensity and color and can play
music through it. Product was successfully funded on Kickstarter and incubated at MIT media Lab.
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Ario [Seattle, 2015]: Ario is developing a healthy lamp that automatically adjusts light color and direction to
support body’s circadian rhythm. Claimed to be based on scientific research from Harvard Medical School,
NASA, and the NIH. Ario is a 2015 Stanford StartX and Lab360 company.
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ilumi [Plano, 2011]: Ilumi has developed smart bulbs which can be controlled using smart phone apps utilizing
bluetooth. Illumi bulbs are also compatible with rule based automation and access can be granted to multiple
people. In January 2013 Ilumi raised $34K of a goal of $100K on Indiegogo. Ilumi relaunched its campaign in
November 2013 on Kickstarter and ended up raising $145K of $25K goal. Additionally Ilumi received $350K from
ABC's show Sharktank.
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Lightfreq [Atlanta, 2011]: Lightfreq integrated a smart app connected light bulb with HD audio speakers.
Lightfreq bulbs can be used to manage room lightning while at the same time they act as speakers playing
through bluetooth, they also act as intercom for people in different Lightfrq lit rooms to talk to each other. It
also routes phone notification by changing color. Lightfreq raised over $275K on a Kickstarter campaign in
September 2014.
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Innr [Amsterdam, 2012]: Innr offers smart home lighting. Users begin with the free online Light Advisor that
generates a personalized light plan for their home. It also suggests the combination of devices users should buy.
Their solution incorporates Innr LED spots, easy-to-install strips and bulbs and an internet bridge (uses WiFi).
With the installation complete, users can set different lighting conditions and moods via the app. Has raised
$84k on a goal of $76k on Kickstareter.
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MiPow [Shenzhen, 2010]: MiPow offers a Bluetooth LED light with integrated speaker. The LEDs can output the
equivalent of a 25W halogen bulb, or about 300 lumens, The bulb's color and brightness can be controlled
through the smartphone app. The speaker on the bulb can be controlled through Bluetooth allowing the user to
play music through most popular apps such as Spotify. Has raised more than $18k on a goal of $10k on
Kickstarter.
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Lava [Flint, 2012]: Lava's Ion is a smart lava lamp with 40 multicolored LEDs . It pairs with users smartphone via
Bluetooth Low energy (iOS and Android). It has user configurable light displays that can change in case of alerts
such as messages, email etc. It can also switch on when the user approaches. It has a built in microphone and
can automatically match the music currently playing. It also has an API available for developers. Raised $75k on
a goal of $20k on Kickstarter.
Plug and Play Tech Center
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Stack Lighting [Cupertino, 2013]: Alba offers a smart bulb designed for home and commercial establishment
usage. It has a range of features such multiple color temperatures, motion sensing, intuitive learning and light
level detection and adjustment. Based on time of day and ambient light it can adjust light level and color
temperature to help match the users habits while conserving power. This adjustment to a users habits serves to
improve their quality of sleep and gently waking as well as getting them ready for sleep. Support for Google
Nest and Apple Homekit is planned. Techcrunch disrupt SF 2014 finalist.
emberlight [San Francisco, 2014]: Develops Wifi lights that a user can control from his smartphone, tablets and
wearable devices. Also automates based on location. The emberlight system goes beyond home automation and
will enable you to connect other devices, such as health monitors, to the internet even when your phone isn't
around. Currently taking pre orders on their website. Raised $300k in Kickstarter crowdfunding.
Plug and Play Tech Center
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Volatiles [Berlin, 2013]: volatiles develops innovative lighting surfaces for living areas. The surfaces have a
modular design, display dynamic lighting scenes and interact with the user through integrated sensors. An
artificial intelligence adapts lighting automatically to people and situations. The system is operated via the
touch-sensitive surface or a smartphone. The first product is built by integrating the system into conventional
glass mosaic.
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Holi [Lyon, 2012]: Holi, the first product of French startup, FiveFive, is a phone-controllable smart lamp. It is an
aluminium frame that houses 18 individually controlled high-efficiency LEDs. The Android and iOS app gives
users a range of static and dynamic color palates to choose from, plus they are free to build their own. Users can
utilize the Holi app to create various lighting effects, which can be shared with the entire Holi community. Holi is
able to sync with music, changing color with tempo, and it also serves as an alarm clock with a built-in dawn
simulator.
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Home Automation
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Vocca [Tel Aviv, 2014]: Vocca designs and sells a smart device that can be used to control lights by voice
withought any wifi, hub and configuration. The Vocca Light Switch uses Bluetooth LE to connect to an app on the
user's smartphone. The Vocca fits in between the original volt socket and the light bulb, and comes equipped
with a microphone and a Bluetooth chip. The user can set trigger commands for turning the lights on and off
within the app. Along with voice control, the Vocca offers similar controls to other smart lighting systems on the
market, including control of the light bulbs from phone, and the ability to set timers for when the user wakes
up, go to sleep, etc. Also provides Vocca Pro that allows for customization and the user can program up to five
trigger phrases for the light using an accompanying app. Raised $65k on Kickstarter as of Aug 18th, 2014.
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Good Night Lamp [London, 2012]: The Good Night Lamp is actually a set of table lamps that you distribute
among friends or family. The lamps communicate remotely so that as a lamp is turned on or off by its owner,
that action is replicated in the others. The Big Lamp acts as a master. The Little Lamps turn on if the Big lamp is
on as well. The Lamps use a dedicated cellular connection with 5 years of global connectivity. Historical data is
view able as well.
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Dessmann [Hangzhou, 2009]: Dessmann is a developer of an intelligent smart lock. Some of its features include
screen lock, card lock, fingerprint lock etc. It can connect to the mobile application which provides alarms and
other intelligent interactive features. It also develops smart safe products. Claims to have raised $19M in Series
A round of funding.
Funding
Investors
$19M
Latch [New York City, 2014]: Latch has developed smart locks which will replace the existing locks thus including
a physical lock mechanism including a camera, bluetooth and touchscreen thus allowing users to generate
Techstars, Expansion Venture Capital,
digital keys, screen guests. Lock also detects tamper and alerts the user about it. The lock is mainly focused on
Lux Capital, R/GA, Camber Capital,
$16.78M
enterprises, to be included in buildings like apartment complexes. In addition to traditional VCs several real
Corigin, MetaProp NYC, Primary
estate ventures are also claimed to have participated in company's Series A funding. Thus implying towards
Venture Partner, 3rdprimecapital.com
Home Automation - Locks adoption by real estate companies. Founders are ex Apple employees.
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UniKey [Winter Park, 2010]: Powers the Kwikset Kevo, the only true touch to open smart lock, requiring no
ff Venture Capital, Asset Management
interaction with a smartphone, providing hassle-free entry. Company is currently licensing their patent pending $12.03M Ventures, CBRE, Broadway Angels, VI
technology.
Partners, ACXIT
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Glue Home [Stockholm, 2014]: Glue Home has developed a connected retrofit lock to remotely manage home
access. Company solution consists of a device that fit on the existing deadbolt lock, an optional wifi hub that
communicates with the device and brings it online and an app to replace the physical key and to remotely
manage access. User can distribute temporary keys to people in their contacts using the app and keep logs of
Home Automation - Locks access by these people. As of June 2016 lock is available for preorder for $299 on their website.
$6.5M
Alfven & Didrikson, Moor Capital
KIWI [Berlin, 2012]: KIWI.KI provides secure handsfree access for apartment buildings that works similarly to
$4.38M
keyless remote systems from cars. Provides transponder “Ki” and mobile app to use the KIWI system.
IBB, Paua Ventures, ZIM, Urban Us,
mueller-sohn-ag.de
Akerun [Tokyo, 2014]: Akerun is developed by Japan based Photosynth, its a smart lock that can be attached to
existing thumb turn type door lock. Lock is controllable via smartphone using BLE. Lock also has automatic
$3.76M
detect feature that closes the lock automatically. User can generate temporary keys for guests for one time
access thus product has wide usage for vacation rentals and hotels.
JAFCO, Gaiax, YJ Capital
Nuki Home Solutions [Graz, 2014]: Nuki is a smart lock for front door, it detects user coming or going using
bluetooth and gps and automatically opens up or closes respectively. Nuki raised 300% of its goal on kickstarter $2.25M
in mid 2015.
Austria Wirtschaftsservice, Up to
Eleven, Venta Real Estate Group,
Aquis Sanitar AG
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Igloohome [Philadelphia, 2015]: Igloohome is a smart home automation solution , company has developed two
products a smart lock, ideal for vacation rentals and air bnb properties that integrates with property
$1.25M
management software and booking websites to generate key and give home access to visitors. Igloosense is a
energy saving device intelligently controlling AC and giving remote control to users.
Ola Locks [Beijing, 2014]: Ola Locks is a fingerprint based smart lock. In order to open the door the user has to
place the finger on the thumb-size fingerprint recognition module which is present at the handle. Also there is
no card slot. It has raised Seed round of funding.
Investors
Singtel Innov8, Wavemaker Partners,
Dreamit Ventures, Mesh Ventures
$590K
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The Goji Smart Lock [San Francisco, 2013]: Goji (Bielet Inc.) has developed a smart lock that can be controlled
using mobile phones. The lock communicates with the user's iPhone or Android device over Bluetooth LE and
links up to the user's Wi-Fi network giving users remote access. That Internet connectivity also allows Goji to
snap, upload and push a photo to the user's phone of anyone who has permission to enter through a Goji- $181.2k
equipped door. Each Goji system comes with two programmable key fobs in case someone doesn't have a
smartphone and four admin accounts that can issue digital keys. Provides 24/7 customer service. Raised $313k
Home Automation - Locks on Indiegogo.
Haven [Nashville, 2014]: Haven is a smart lock technology for home security. Offers smartphone control of the
smart lock. Can detect excessive force and warn user of possible break-in. Can sync with other home
automation devices to provide enhanced security. Has raised $85k so far, out of a possible goal of $150k from
350 backers on crowd sourcing portal kickstarter(ends Oct 25th 2014).
$50k
Digital Keys [Adelaide, 2011]: LEAPIN has developed and patented a ‘keyfree and carefree’ entry system using
the mobile phone as a replacement to metal keys, keycards and keyfobs, that can be easily integrated into any
locking product, access control system, and Computer Reservation/booking System. The company has
developed mobile apps for various industries like travel, lifestyle, commercial security, etc which can be used to
generate digital keys ans enable sharing. Plans to license their technology to a range of lock providers. LEAPIN
Home Automation - Locks was awarded a $50,000 Skills and Knowledge grant through Commercialisation Australia.
$50k
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Oclose [Seville, 2015]: Oclose Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of high-security smart locks that can be
controlled by wearable devices like stickers, rings, bracelets, pendants, key rings, or bluetooth. They also offer a
smartphone app that allows households to access control dynamically. The idea won the third place and
Audience Award at the Startup Weekend 2013 in Seville. The startup also won a place among the 8 projects to
Home Automation - Locks work on the first edition of "The Cube" Telefonica in the Andalucia Open Future initiative.
Funding
Investors
Telefonica
Lock it smart [Bangalore, 2015]: Lock it smart has 3 locks for home, commercial, and automotive industry.
Products include lock it+Pad for the home, lock it+Auto for the motorcycle and lock it+Ultra, premium security
for home and office. User can lock and unlock using app on smartphone. Users can also share access with
friends and family based on time. Claims to be designed in house and has features such as waterproof, dust
Home Automation - Locks proof, key proof.
smarterkey [London, 2012]: Smarterkey has developed a hub and a lock to remotely control access to homes.
Company's solution consists of a lock that it has developed in partnership with lock manufacturers, this lock
replaces the existing cylindrical lock. Lock is controlled via a hub using RF, hub communicates with users phone
via wifi, GSM or bluetooth. Lock has a big use case for managing vacation properties and also has a visitor facing
app. Solution is available for a one-time charge of 699 pounds and a monthly rental of 10 pounds for accessing
Home Automation - Locks control panel.
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Noke [Draper, 2013]: Noke is a water-resistant, connected padlock and U lock that doesn’t need a physical key
to be unlocked. It uses Bluetooth connectivity as the unlocking mechanism, triggered when synced smartphone
is nearby. User can share access with other people and keep a track when and where lock is being used.
Managed to surpass their goal of $100k on Kickstarter.
Candy House [Palo Alto, 2014]: Candy House has developed a connected device that converts deadbolt locks
into smart locks. Company's device fits over the lock thus controlling its motion. The device communicates with
users smartphone via bluetooth and locks the gate automatically whenever the user passes by. User can check
the status of the lock using the companion app. Buyer can also opt in for a companion wifi dongle to gain
Home Automation - Locks remote access to lock via wifi. Sesame managed to raise over $1.4M in a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter.
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Gate Labs [San Francisco, 2014]: Gate provides verified access to homes through a smart lock. It contains an inbuilt camera, doorbell and keypad which can be controlled through a smartphone. It can still take normal keys.
The smart lock could be used to give access to delivery men, post men, guests, etc. while making sure the
identity of the person entering the home. Gate Labs raised seed capital from Steve Nasiri with Band of Angels
Home Automation - Locks and Cota Capital.
Altro [Bangalore, 2015]: Keyless smart lock. Does not have a physical presence on outer surface of door.
Detects presence and automatically locks or unlocks door. App also allows to generate virtual keys which can be
used to give access - temporary or permanent. Claims that users will not be locked out. Operated by 2
electronics - primary takes care of daily basis while secondary provides backup and notifies in case of any issue.
Powered by 2 independent rechargeable batteries. Directional bluetooth low energy classifies presence as
inside or outside door thus preventing auto unlock. Integrated wi-fi can be used to control lock remotely. Has
feature of intruder detection alarm and status monitoring. Multi platform support. Claims that one charge of
Home Automation - Locks battery lasts for 10 months.
Audoce Mechatronics [Bangalore, 2014]: Audoce Mechatronics, a home automation and connected security
based provides Armor, an automated door lock with access control using smartphone. The smart lock knows
when the home owner arrives and leaves and locks and locks the door accordingly, informs the primary owner
when other residents come in or go out and also informs of visitors and intruders. It also alerts the home owner
Home Automation - Locks in case of any attempt to break-in. The locks are retrofittable and can be configured from a smart phone.
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Motes & Bots [Bangalore, 2015]: Mots & Bots provides smart bell and lock for home automation. Provides a
video doorbell that allows the user to answer the door at any time. The user is able to answer the visitor
without opening the door, helping improve security and avoids common problems like being unable to hear the
door bell. Smart lock system allows home owners to grant access to trusted people for specific periods of time.
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Band of Angels, Cota Capital
Stealth
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GO+ [Beijing, 2013]: GO+ is smart lock solution provider. It provides the products for apartments and homes.
The door locks are bluetooth and internet enabled with lock unified management system and control of door
locks is done via phone application. Has raised Pre Series-A round of funding from Tsinghua Ventures, Plum
Ventures, Amphora Venture.
Xrevol Technologies [Palo Alto, 2015]: Apso has developed a smart lock for home security. Lock can be
accessed using the smart phone, in case battery dies down user can open the lock using touch interface. Manual
over ride enables user to open lock using key in case of failure.
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Lark-Wi [Plainsboro, 2014]: Lark Wi has developed smart locks for homes named Blue guard, Blueguard
features color video camera, high-sensitivity microphone, speaker and motion sensor. As a Wi-Fi wireless
doorbell, when someone presses doorbell or is approaching todoor, user can answer the call or ignore it.
Product raised over $27K in Indiegogo crowdfunding.
AwakeY [Jaipur, 2015]: AwakeY, a product of IC Labs, is a smart lock accessory which can be attached to an
existing door handle lock from inside and provide lock and unlock facility through mobile. Features include
keyless access, tamper notification, log history, location based automatic locking and unlocking, timed access
and instant invite.
Okidokeys [Paris, 2013]: Okidokeys has developed a complete solution for home security. Company has
developed a connected front door lock which can be locked/unlocked using smart phone. Additionally company
has also developed a wristband with proximity integration with lock and a smart tag which utilize passice RFID
technology to unlock doors. Company has also developed solution for garage door and drive way door.
Home Automation - Locks Company is currently selling solutions on its website.
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Tuspark Ventures, Plum Ventures
Stealth
Home Automation
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Random Wire Technologies [Lowell, 2014]: Random wire is developing Keyyforall a smart lock connected to
cloud. Owner can share access to the house remotely and keep a log of visitors. Lock is communicated through a
bridge connected to wall socket via bluetooth. As of Oct15 Keyforall has raised $10K of a $25K goal on
kickstarter with 10 days to go.
Friday Labs [London, 2014]: Friday labs earlier Sesame Labs has developed a smart front door lock which
detects users presence and accordingly locks or unlocks the door. Using Friday user can also remotely grant
access to anyone they want. Friday labs partnered with Big Ideas for design of the lock. Friday lock raised $160K
through an Indiegogo camapign in May 2015.
Kwikset [Middleton, ]: Kwikset is a subsidiary of consumer brand spectrum brand that manufactures and
markets a complete line of door locks and door hardware including door knobs, door levers, deadbolts,
handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks for residential and light commercial
applications.
ThoughtCopter [New Albany, 2014]: The Lock-Bot enables home owners to place their house keys into a secure
capsule that can either be wall-mounted or attached to door handle via a reinforced cable. It connects to the
home owner's WiFi signal, and allows the home owner to allocate access codes to users. The system sends a
code embedded in a text message along with a link to a mobile web page. The user then inputs their code to
open the Lock-Bot. The system sends alerts and tracks access to the Lock-Bot. Failed to raise it's $100k goal on
Home Automation - Locks Kickstarter.
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SimpliciKey [Washington D.C., 2009]: SimpliciKey's Remote Control Electronic Deadbolt provides three
different ways to lock/unlock the door while still maintaining maximum security: key, keyfob or keypad.
SimpliciKey replaces existing deadbolt without any additional holes or drilling. Also provides Simplicikey
Connect, a Web-based system for home entry control from computer and mobile devices.
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Lockitron [San Francisco, 2009]: Lockitron brings keyless entry using smartphone. Lockitron lets instantly grant
family, friends and guests access to home or business from anywhere in the world using internet enabled
smartphone. It works with any smartphone and uses Bluetooth Low Energy for communication. Lockitron
installs in seconds over current deadbolt without the need for a locksmith. Raised $2.2M on a self hosted
Home Automation - Locks crowdfunding campaign in Oct 2012.
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Leeo [Palo Alto, 2013]: Leeo's smart alarm allows the use to receive alerts from their existing smoke and carbon
monoxide alarms with no contract and no monthly fees. In case an alarm sounds, it will send app notifications
$37.63M
and calls to the user's phone. It can also monitor temperature and humidity in any room and send custom
climate alerts to the user's phone. It also acts as a night-light. Costs $99. Works with iOS devices only.
Investors
Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz,
SV Angel
Formation 8, Subtraction Capital,
Lucas Venture Group, E.on, Vectr
Ventures, Visionnaire Ventures
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Seven Hugs [Paris, 2013]: Sevenhugs has developed a sensor system minihug to monitor sleep cycles and
Kima Ventures, Les Business Angels
hugone to temperature, humidity and air quality at home. Hugone is an advanced volatile organic compound
des Grandes Ecoles, Femmes Business
sensor to monitor bedroom environment and notify in case of poor air quality. Minihug goes under the mattress $17.5M
Angels, Investessor, Xerys, FRCI,
to record sleep data. Hub can also connect to light to integrate it with users sleeping pattern and also with
CapDecisif, NovX Capital
thermostat.
Madrona Venture Group, Washington
Research Foundation, American
Family Ventures
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Snupi Technologies [Seattle, 2012]: SNUPI (Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure) technology is an
ultra-low-power, general-purpose wireless sensing platform that is easily used and maintained by leveraging the
existing electrical wiring as a whole home antenna. It provides a product 'Wally Home' which is a smart home
monitoring solution. With a self installation product, it provides nodes and gateway to let user know of any $12.7M
water leaks as well as important trends in humidity and temperature levels. Wally's network of sensors, hub and
the cloud are in constant communication with each other, ensuring user's home is monitored. With a
smartphone app the hub transfers the alerts to user's even when he is not at home.
Gobi Partners, Jingdong, Luolai, AV
Capital
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Sleepace [Shenzhen, 2012]: Sleepace offers a sleep tracking device called RestOn that can monitor user's sleep
quality. It does this by tracking the user’s sleep time, heart rate, respiratory rate, body movement and sleep
cycles. The Sleepace App can analyze and score sleep quality every day. The sleep data is collected by RestOn’s
$10.36M
sensors and then visualized through the smartphone screen. It pairs via Bluetooth LTE to the proprietary mobile
app. Each night it awards the user with a sleep score. Has raised more than $109k on a goal of $50k on
Indiegogo.
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Eight [San Francisco, 2014]: Eight is a smart mattress cover that is controlled via smartphone. It allows the user
Y Combinator, Comcast Ventures,
to set temperature of the mattress independently for each user, as well monitoring vitals such as breathing and
FundersClub, Azure Capital Partners,
heart-rate. This improved control allows the user to fall asleep faster and improves the quality of sleep. It is also
Vast Ventures, AltaIR Capital, Cota
$7.92M
capable of connecting to other smart devices, to trigger custom actions. At the time of launch the planned retail
Capital, Galvanize, Idea Bulb Ventures,
price for it’s smart cover is available for preorder at a basic price of $235. The company had raised $1.17M from
CRCM Venture Capital, Yun Kai
Indiegogo.
Ventures, StartX, SV Tech Ventures
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Roost [Sunnyvale, 2014]: Roost has developed a connected battery which it uses in its own smoke alarms or
user old alarms to make them connected. Battery is connected to wifi connection through smartphone app and
is placed in the alarm. Battery then communicates to user when the alarm goes off in case of gas leakage or fire. $6.48M
As of May 2016 company retails smoke alarms with battery for $79.9 and $59.9 whereas it is selling only battery
for $34.9. In December 2014, Roost managed to raise over $96K in funding.
RPM Ventures, DCM Ventures, USAA,
Start Garden, Center Electric, Legend
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Notion [Denver, 2013]: Notion's device consists of a hub, a small central point of communication for all sensors
and a multi-function sensor, each capable of detecting 1of 7 actions. The sensors available are an
Accelerometer, an Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Temperature sensor, Piezoelectric, Proximity sensor and a
Water leak probe. After configuration via the companion smartphone app, the selected sensor's data and alerts
are sent to the user. An open API is also available. Raised $281k with 1,338 backers against a goal of $50k on
kickstarter. Incubated at Techstars, Boulder.
Foundry Group, Techstars, Plug and
Play Tech Center, CU Deming Center
Venture Fund, Draper Nexus,
Colorado Office of Economic
Development and International Trade,
Gabriel Investments, Hillcrest Venture
Partners, Liberty Mutual, Galvanize,
MetaProp NYC, XL Innovate
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Tank Utility [Somerville, 2014]: Tank Utility is a remote propane monitoring system and price comparison
platform. They combine accurate data on tank levels, real-time consumption patterns, and current market rates
into one intuitive application. It helps ensure consumers never run out of fuel, have visibility to effectively $1.24M
manage their consumption, and are alerted to make timely purchasing decisions that will save them money.
Failed to raise its $20k on Kickstarter.
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Supermechanical [Austin, 2011]: Supermechanical has two products. Range is a cooking thermometer which
records the temperature of the food as it gets cooked to help improvise or repeat. Twine is a smart sensor
which reacts to temperature, vibrations and orientation. Work sprung from MIT Media Labs. Funds raised
through kickstarter, Range ($177K), Twine ($556K, 1st project on IoT to get funded through Kickstarter)
$550k
$350k
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Sensorist [Denmark, 2012]: Sensorist is a range of small wireless sensors collecting measurement data about
the user's environment. The measurement data is transferred to the Cloud and the user can then access it via a
mobile app or on the web. Real-time and historic measurement data can be visualized and explored on-the-go
and the user can receive alerts when something unexpected is happening. Sensorist’s first solution is a wine
cellar application, which allows users to track temperature and humidity development, to use automated
surveillance service to protect wines and to estimate maturity of wines.
$100k
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BleepBleeps [London, 2011]: BleepBleeps makes kid-friendly, IoT-styled devices to help people with the job of
parenting. The company is targeting design literate and tech-savvy parents with multi-coloured hardware,
paired to a smartphone and accompanying app. The company's first product is Sammy Screamer, a motion
detector. Featuring a built-in accelerometer, Sammy Screamer beeps and sends an alert to a companion
smartphone app when it senses movement. Using Bluetooth 4.0, the device connects with a smartphone within
a range of 50 m. The volume of the beep and sensitivity of the sensor can be adjusted through the app, which
partnered with its magnetic back and a loop fixing, allows the alarm to be customized to serve different
purposes. The company intends to develop products for parents like conception, birth, and after-birth
categories.
$50k
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Wimoto [Markham, 2013]: Wimoto offer four different sensors that allow monitoring of different parameters
through a companion smartphone app. The sensors include Climote (light, temperature and humidity),
Growmote (sunlight, soil moisture and temperature), Thermote (object temperature) and Securimote (infrared
motion and accelerometer). The sensors last a year on battery and send data through Bluetooth and can store a
week's worth of data. The app can be used to upload the data to the cloud where it can be accessed using
RESTful APIs. Raised more than $100k on a goal of $22k on Indiegogo. Incubated at Communitech.
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WallSensor [Rockville, 2012]: Wallsensor is developing DIY sensors for auto detection of threats like rodents,
termite, water leakage. Company makes this happen by matching the data captured by sensors against it data
base of individual signatures of primary home threats in its cloud platform. As of May 2016 company is yet to
launch its product.
Hz Innovations [Rochester, 2015]: Hz Innovations has developed Ravio. Ravio is a sound recognition sensor
which is plugged into house and trained to detect familiar sounds in home using companion app. Once trained,
Ravio alerts user whenever a familiar sound like running water is detect by it. Wavio kit comes with 4
microphones including the hub which connects to home wifi. Product has a particular use case for deaf people
to be alerted off important sounds in house.
Wireless Guard [Auckland, 2015]: Wireless Guard is developing Hach, a sensor system that is attached to doors
and windows throughout the home. Once installed device notifies user about state of their doors and windows
through a companion app.
Lumkani [Cape Town, 2014]: Lukmani has developed networked device to enable pre detect events of fire and
act as a early warning system. Device detects rapid change in temperature to detect events of fire and limit
occurrence of false alarms. Devices can also be mesh networked within 60 meters thus all raise alarm together
sending SMS and GPS locations to local fire department and community leaders. Company claims to have
installed its device in over 7000 households in total. Company has won Chivas Regal's the venture competition
with a prize money of $50K.
Sensovida [Zaragoza, 2014]: Sensovida has developed sensor systems to continuously monitor environment to
look for possible elderly emergencies. System detects falls and possible rise in temperatures, sleeping pattern of
occupants and early signs for possible diseases. User can check in real time on their relatives.
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zohmic [Seattle, 2013]: Zohmic is a development phase company creating sensors for monitoring different vitals
at home. Founder Suzanna Kovvor is winner of Connected World Magazine's Women of M2M award.
Daisy Pi [Bucharest, 2013]: The e-flower uses Raspberry Pi platform, has analog and digital sensor inputs,
camera and audio speaker. It can sense temperature, humidity and light intensity. The data is available on web
through your devices. It is a open hardware platform and allows users to tinker with it. The founders have
moved to different jobs and the working has halted.
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UrbanHello [Paris, 2012]: UrbanHello provides a range of smart products. Company has just introduced Remi, a
connected device that helps children to sleep better. Device detects children's sleeping pattern and relays the
information to parent's smartphone using bluetooth. Parents can influence childs sleeping pattern by remotely
controlling music, lights and customisable face of the clock. Remi has raised about $63K on Indiegogo in Nov
2015 thus surpassing their funding goal. UrbanHello won an Innovations Award at the 2013 CES for its Home
Phone, a speaker phone with smart hands free switching system.
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Sensara [Leiden, 2014]: Sensara has developed smart sensors to take care of the elderly in different parts of the
home for different daily activities. Sensara not only tracks location and make lifestyle trends for analysis, but
also monitors a plethora of activities like food consumption, irregular sleep patterns, number of bathroom visits,
general mobility level, health parameters, walking speed, suspicious inactivity. Additionally it also notifies when
elders leave home and again inform when they return. Part of Dutch Domotics BV.
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Awarehome [Santiago, 2015]: Awarehome product involves installing in different part of homes to monitor
temperature, humidity, gas levels and movement. User has to download the service application to monitor
homes for hazards and intruders.
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Evoz Baby [Los Altos, 2009]: Evoz baby is the company behind some of the earliest smartphone connected baby
monitoring system, company has come up with a video camera device using which parents can keep an eye on
their baby. Device sends out cry and temperature alert to parents and logs this data for better parenting.
Parents can also talk and sing to babies using the device. Device also provides parenting information and
captures moments. Device raised $60K from a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
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CLIME [Krakow, 2014]: Clime is a range of three micro sensors capable of measuring humidity, light or
movement. Use cases can be several like home monitoring, monitor plants or knowing whether laundry is ready
or not. Clime has also developed a hub to interact with these sensors and send data to cloud although user can
directly interact with the sensor.
Fictive Lab [Lahore, 2013]: Interact is a software and hardware company developing smart home solutions,
additionally it is also developing a platform for manufacturers to build connected devices. Smart home solutions
consists of a hub and sensors. Connectivity platform consists of an SoC and cloud.
Habitat [Ottawa, 2014]: Habitat's home automation solution consists of three parts: Park (a docking station that
allows users to control their door via smartphone with provision for alerts and temporary access to users),
Protect (detects if the CO alarm is an alarm or an alert to change the battery) and Learn (has temperature,
audio, motion, and light sensors) which can be configured and used to monitor any of the listed parameters. All
of these devices connect to the Hub which connects to the internet allowing control via smartphone. The hub
can also connect to other smart devices such as Nest and Hue. A developer API is also available. Has raised $16k
on a goal of $69k on Kickstarter (as of early Jan 2015).
Beagle Sense [Ottawa, 2015]: Beagle has developed a range of sensors that user can place throughout home,
giving information related to factors such as air quality, humidity, air pressure, noise, and light levels. Solution
comes with a base station and sensors. User can travel with sensor and sync the measured data when near base
station. As of October 2015, raised $20K of a $65K goal with 25 days to go.
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Connect Sense [Naperville, 2013]: Part of GridConnect. Provides different wifi sensors that connect to the
router and alert home owners on their smartphone in case of any unusual activity. Also provides output
modules for alerts. Also provides a cloud service to access sensors data from anywhere.
BrewBit [San Diego, 2012]: BrewBit is an Internet-connected device which monitors user’s home brew
throughout the fermentation cycle. Readings are automatically uploaded to brewbit.com where the user can
track and analyze each of their brews. Features of the product include: open source hardware and software,
temperature profile execution via Brewbit account, control from anywhere with internet connection, self tuning
PID control and dual independent outputs. Raised $96k on a goal of $80k on Kickstarter.
elo [Minneapolis, 2012]: Smart pillow where stories can be uploaded by parents and played during sleep time.
Story stops as soon as kid raise their head encouraging them to sleep.
Minut [Malmo, 2014]: Minut has developed a device Point, which is a palm-sized puck that hosts sound,
humidity, temperature, air quality and particle sensors and intentionally omitting of camera. Point combines
sound and sensor data to notify users about various events like things crashing, drop in temperature increase in
CO level etc. Point's apps are compatible with IFTTT protocols and Lockitron lock. In November 2014 Point
raised $240K on Kickstarter.
Elgato [Munich, 1999]: Elgato's Eve is a set of connected wireless sensors that monitor key factors like indoor
air quality, temperature, humidity as well as conditions outside, like temperature, humidity and air pressure.
Eve's ability to act as home kit remote hub enables iOS device users with 8.1 or above to check on all the stats
gathered by the Eve from their devices, and even do so when they’re away from home using Apple TV.
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Proteus [Amherst, 2013]: Proteus currently offers 3 different types of sensors. Motion detectors, Door sensors
and flood sensors. Has other sensors currently under development including biometric sensors. Their sensors
can be configured to send email and text alerts when the sensors are triggered. A camera option is available as
well.
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Sensorjet [Auckland, 2008]: SensorJet is an automatic fire suppression system for kitchens. It detects fires and
automatically releases a water-mist when activated. The SensorJet system integrates into the kitchen tap or
installed on the bench. Sensorjet includes a ceiling mounted wireless sensor, a jet, and an under-bench unit. The
under-bench unit is connected to mains water and responds to signal from ceiling sensor.When a fire is
detected, the jet releases water into the room. This helps suppresses the fire. Failed to raise it's goal of $150k
on Indiegogo.
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RedLab [Strasbourg, 2014]: Notifon, a product of RedLab, is a wireless Internet-connected device that allows
the user to customize any object into a notifying one and can send instant notifications based on real life events.
The device can be connected to a variety of things, such as garage, mailbox, front door, or when someone opens
the fridge. Users can customize the type of Push notifications they want to receive. The notifications can be
received on smartphone (iPhone, Android or Windows Phone), or as tweets, emails etc. and users can attach
real-time pictures to their email and Tweet notifications. Provides a cloud platform, PushingBox, to help the user
manage his/her notifications.
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Amperic [Boston, 2012]: Amperic offers Knut, a battery powered, Wi-Fi enabled sensor hub that enables you to
monitor valuables. Knut wirelessly connects multiple sensors to your mobile device (iPhone, Android) or home
computer (PC, Mac). Because Knut uses email to send and receive data, it does not require any subscriptions or
fees. Temperature monitoring of home, aquarium, humidity monitoring.
CubeSensors [Ljubljana, 2012]: CubeSensors are small, cordless and connected devices that continuously
measure temperature, humidity, noise, light, air quality and barometric pressure for every room. Won
Techcrunch Hardware Battlefield at CES 2014. First batch sold out
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Temasek, Forward Partners
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Hello [San Francisco, 2012]: Hello Inc has designed a product 'Sense' which includes an ambient light sensor,
high sensitivity microphone, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, high quality speaker, proximity sensor,
particulate sensor, WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy and tracks user's sleep behaviour. Sense takes a holistic
approach by trying to provide data on environmental conditions that might be affecting how user sleeps. As the
mobile app collects data, it can offer recommendations on things user can fix to ensure a good night’s rest.
Founder is a Thiel’s 20 Under 20 Fellow. Raised $2.4M on Kickstarter from 20k backers.
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Orvibo [Shenzhen, 2011]: Orvibo develops three devices, an electrical outlet to remotely contrl devices, smart
gateway to automatically detect Zigbee devices and connect with them. A controller to control all IR appliance
and Kepler, which is an intelligent gas and carbon monoxide detector that can automatically check for gas leaks
$14.14M
in office or home. Kepler uses intelligent alerts to warn the user of potential danger from gas leaks. Kepler also
includes a cooking timer, which can be set from the app, or by rotating the out edge of the device. Raised CAD
$61k on Kickstarter as of Aug 14, 2014 with an initial goal of $30k.
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SAIF Partners China, MediaTek,
Legend Star
Airviz [Pittsburgh, 2014]: Speck is a product of Airviz which is a spinoff from the Create Lab at the Carnegie
Mellon University Robotics Institute. Speck detects fine particulate matter in indoor environment to keep user
informed about trend and change in air quality. User can access air quality data using their Speck account.
Infosys invested $2M in 2015 in the company. Company was founded by CMU professor Illah Noubraksh.
$2M
Infosys
Bitfinder [San Francisco, 2013]: Developing suite of smart connected air related products providing full stack
solution to monitor, analyze and control environment. First product, Awair, is a connected device that monitors
the air user breathe at home or at the office, analyzes it, and provides solutions to help improve the quality of
life.
$1.4M
Techstars, Plug and Play Tech Center,
R/GA
Birdi [Brooklyn, 2013]: Smart air monitor that monitors air quality, everyday health hazards, pollution and
emergencies like fire and carbon monoxide. Sends alerts on iOS and Android (coming soon). Raising funding on
Indiegogo.
$700k
Kapor Capital, Cherubic Ventures,
SoGal Ventures
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Halo Smart Labs [Charlotte, 2012]: Halo Smart Labs has developed smart smoke & fire sensor that senses slow
and fast moving fires as well as CO in home environments. Alarm is raised by sound, light and through
notifications on the phone. The user can turn off the alarm using the phone and reset it. The alarm unit is also
equipped with weather sensors to warn user about possible hurricane or tornado. The company is working with
Red Cross to install these units in slums in Kenya to prevent fire-related death. The company also managed to
win 2016 CES innovation award.
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Whitelab [Beirut, 2015]: Air is a smart sensor that monitors the air quality for allergens like dust mites, pollen,
mold and pet dander to help a user identify sources of allergies and asthma indoor. Additionally, the device is
also capable of monitoring environmental parameters and detect harmful gases and irritants. Company won
first prize at Harvard Arab weekend 2015
Wynd Technologies [Redwood City, 2014]: Wynd is a table top air air monitoring and purifying system that
monitors air for particulate matter and removes them if detected. Monitoring unit can be detached from the
main unit for extra mobility. Air quality index (AQI) is continuously relayed to users smart phone via a
companion app warning user if pollutant level is too high. Data from all the Wynd user can also be collated to
present a map of AQI across a region. Company claims that its air filter typically last for 3 months in a polluted
environment and same are provided by company on a subscription basis. As of May 2016 company is taking
preorders on Kickstarter at base unit price of $69.
Air.Air! [Shenzhen, 2013]: Air.Air! is a portable air monitor and dust detector hardware. It uses Low Energy
Bluetooth (BLE), to transmit data to any compatible device. It also provides users with the temperature
information of the particular area both in centigrade and fahrenheit. It is also present on KickStarter where 292
backers pledged $21,613.
Liam's Clean Air Corner [Hong Kong, 2014]: Origins is a IoT based air monitoring solution and also provides air
purifier solution. Alpine Ai purifier uses Snowline HEPA filters which are manufactured in Switzerland. It claims
that the machine removed 99% of pollution. The air monitoring tool Laser Egg monitors air in real time from
anywhere.
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Emerald [Wroclaw, 2014]: Emerald is developing an air quality monitoring device which track air constituents to
aware user about them. Device is claimed to be equipped with airquality, temperature, humidity and pressure
sensor which gather the relevant data and relay it over to mobile app for user. Device also keeps data log to
provide analysis into air quality. As of early January company website claims to be soon launching product on
Indiegogo.
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uHoo [Singapore, 2014]: uHoo is an indoor air quality sensor with personalized alerts.
The product is
equipped with sensors that measure temperature, particulate matter, airborne chemicals, humidity, and carbon
dioxide levels. Through an accompanying mobile app, it interacts with smartphone and notifies when the air in
the house or office is getting filled with harmful elements. The app allows for the long-term gathering of data on
the air quality and helps you identify trends such as increases in humidity or the presence of chemicals like
unsafe paint. uHoo appeared at Startup Asia Jakarta in November last year, where it was the second runner-up
in the Startup Arena.
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Altitude [Bristol, ]: Altitude tech has developed a air sensor detecting the pollution levels in the air using its
onboard gas sensors to collect information about the various gases present. This information can be fed directly
to users smartphone for real time push notification updates. Company also provides product design services.
Birdi [San Francisco, 2013]: Birdi is a device that tracks dust, soot and other health dangers and warns about
emergencies like fire and carbon monoxide. All the information is sent to smartphone app. Highway1 alumni
Airboxlab [Esch-sur-Alzette, 2013]: Airboxlab is a Luxembourg based company developing IOT product. Its latest
product Foobot is a wifi connected device that has a number of sensors that measures composition of air inside
users home. It also alerts user when there is a big change in the air quality allowing user to identify source.
Foobot's earlier version Alima raised $17k of a $15k goal on Indiegogo.
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Evermind [Nashville, 2012]: Evermind is elderly tracking device. It keeps track of activities such as a device
being switched on/off and sends text messages or email notifications throughout the day and alerts when
Omidyar Network, Jumpstart Foundry,
variations are noticed. Evermind sensors are simply plugged into any AC outlet and the appliance being used is
Mountain Group Partners, Aging2.0,
$5.06M
plugged into it. When appliances are switched on and off, the Evermind sends information to a dedicated
TriStar Technology Ventures, Launch
network via built-in wireless internet. Costs $199 for the system (3 adapters), with a contract of $29 per month.
Tennessee, Jumpstart Foundry
Jumpstart Foundry graduate (2012).
Casenio [England, 2016]: Casenio has developed a range of sensors which are placed all around a home, these
sensors continuously monitor different home parameters and relay the data to hub. Hub processes the data to
detect any anomaly like fire, smoke and alerts the homeowner. Casenio's product has special use case in elderly
monitoring as it is also able to detect falls and can remind them about medicine intake.
Ally Smart Care [London, 2015]: Ally is an IoT that monitors the activity of elderly person at home and sends
relevant health alarms n the connected mobile app with the family member. It provides a device that is kept at
the home of elderly person and provides health alerts to the family member, with the device connected app,
using the patterns of motion of elderly. The IoT uses ambient sensors and Eddy Labs' patent-pending Wellness
Mapping technology. It also allows users to send medication reminder alerts and messages. And also sends
alerts to the in-network healthcare providers.
AlertMe [Cambridge, 2006]: AlertMe's technology puts the home and its devices and services in the cloud to
provide consumers with visibility, insight, control and automation for a more efficient life. Provides applications
and services for home energy, home monitoring, controls, automation and safety & security on a single
interoperable controls and data platform that is accessible via the internet and Smartphone.
$34M
Bidgely [Sunnyvale, 2010]: Bidgely analyzes household energy data consumption patterns to the appliance level
without using any plug-level monitors. The company has residential customers on six continents and works with
leading utilities around the world. In 2014, Bidgely signed a deal with TXU energy to provide disaggregation $24.6M
analytics to nearly 1.5 million residential customers. It has been recognized as Energy Innovation Pioneer for its
role in transforming the energy future at the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWeek.
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Index Ventures, VantagePoint Capital
Partners, Good Energies, Tudor Funds,
British Gas, SET Ventures
Khosla Ventures, Plug and Play Tech
Center, E.on, RWE Global,
Constellation Technology Ventures
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (78/107)
Company
Details
Funding
Investors
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Usage
Encored [Seoul, 2013]: Encored Technologies has developed energy-saving solutions to enable users to optimize
and save electricity. The company has built Enertalk, an internet connected energy meter to track energy usage
in the house. Data tracked is displayed to the consumer via app and suggestions to cut down on energy usage.
Users can also compare their energy usage with their neighbors. Thier big data platform is based on
disaggregation technologies.
$17M
Formation 8, Stonebridge, LG U Plus
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Ambient Devices [Cambridge, 2001]: Ambient Devices provides wireless products with tangible interface to
display information to consumers. Ambient devices in collaboration with MIT Media lab has developed
infrastructure for displaying information on devices. Technology includes Ambient infrastructure network, this
$10.3M
converts, configure and compress the incoming information to be displayed across devices developed by
country. Different industries which are using this device to display data are utilities, retail, healthcare, weather
forecast, stockmarket forecast etc.
First Round Capital, 406 Ventures,
Rose Tech Ventures, New York Angels
Home Comfort Zones [Beaverton, 2002]: Home comfort zone was a energy management company. In 2012
Emme E2MS acquired the rights to the Home Comfort Zone's MyTemp System primarily for its room by room
temperature control technology.
$7.5M
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
There Corporation [Helsinki, ]: There Corporation provides the platform combining Smart Metering, Smart
Home and Smart Grid solutions. There Corporation by the management team of the Nokia Smart Home program
to commercialize the technology developed over a number of years at Nokia. All the related development,
results, materials, deals and know-how have been transferred from Nokia to There corporation with a licensing
deal between the companies. They offer smart boiler control, dual fuel control for air and gas heated houses,
comfort control for home energy management in private houses.
$5.8M
VNT Management
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Get Emme [Beaverton, 2012]: Emme E2MS provides energy management solutions for light commercial and
residential markets. It offers Environmental Management System, a platform that provides environmental
controls and SmartSensors, HVAC equipment monitors, wireless outdoor temperature sensors, and wireless
receivers. They products Emme core designed for home & light commercial space and Emme Room by Room
designed for commercial space.
$5.6M
Connecticut Innovations, Advantage
Capital, Enhanced Capital Partners
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
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Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (79/107)
Company
Details
Funding
Investors
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Usage
Green Energy Options [Cambridge, 2006]: Green Energy Options (GEO) design and manufacture energy
monitoring systems for use in both the commercial and domestic environment. The company has so far
developed 4 products varying from smart plugs, in-home displays to online energy service. Raised $27k for their
smart home heating product on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter from 150 backers. The company has sold
over 1 million energy displays worldwide. They provide smart meters for electricity and water usage
assessment.
$5.4M
Low Carbon Innovation Fund, Bank of
Scotland, Berti Investments, Thames
Valley Investment Network
Watty [Stockholm, 2012]: Provides a energy management product which gives data about the usage of energy
by various appliances in the building. Uses machine learning to understand which are the major energy
consuming areas and gives suggestions for smart energy usage using machine learning.
$4.5M
Swedish Energy Agency, Cleantech
Invest, EQT
$2.7M
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Smappee [Bruges, 2012]: Smappee is a Smart Application Platform for Energy Efficiency for use at home.
Smappee monitors daily habits and gives user the tools to control their Eco Footprint. Boasts reduction of user's
energy consumption and energy savings by up to 15 %. Completely compatible with solar power systems,
Smappee is a one device solution for the whole home energy consumption monitoring. Provides smartphone
application for on the go monitoring and analysis. Also provides smart plugs called 'Comfort Plugs' that can be
used as a replacement of traditional electrical plugs to monitor and control devices and schedule their usage.
Available in Belgium and UK.
$2M
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Greenbox [San Bruno, 2006]: The Greenbox Home Energy Manager allows homeowners to understand and
manage their energy consumption. With knowledge of their energy use, consumers can take proactive steps to
conserve energy, understand their impact on the environment, and save money. Conveniently monitoring
electricity, water, and/or gas usage in real-time, the Greenbox provides direct feedback to consumers about
their homes performance. The Greenbox presents easy to understand graphs, charts, historical data, and
community comparisons to allow people to understand and make informed decisions about their energy and
water usage.
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
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Harmony Partners
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (80/107)
Company
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
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Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
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Investors
Neurio Technology [Vancouver, 2005]: Energy Aware has developed technology to monitor energy
consumption at home thus decreasing energy usage. Company's product includes Neurio, a sensor which goes
Plug and Play Tech Center, Business
into home electricity meter panel. Sensor collects and sends electricity consumption info to users smartphone.
$1.79M
Development Bank of Canada,
App allows users to track electricity consumption history, forecast bill and compare themselves to other owners.
Keiretsu Forum, Stanley Park Ventures
User can also opt in for a costlier package in order to integrate other home devices with Neurio to give user
notification about triggers and give appliance level energy consumption data.
Chai energy [Los Angeles, 2012]: Chai is an energy-saving app. Features include warnings if devices are left on,
power usage spikes warnings, real-time energy monitoring, bill breakdowns, notifications about energy saving
opportunities, energy analysis to find out where the home is least energy efficient. Part of the home automation
Microsoft Ventures accelerator. Currently in pilot.
$1.3M
Curb [Austin, 2012]: Curb is the home energy monitoring system provider that helps customers to take control
of houses, condo or apartment and all the energy it uses by monitoring with its energy management software.
$1.25M
Its platform integrates spending, trends and historical behaviour, unusual usage in real time and give insights.
Hardware can also be integrated with other smart home devices to provide remote control and automation.
NetThings [Edinburgh, 2007]: Netthings has developed hardware and software to be used by residential and
commercial customers. The platform offering consist of hardware, a controller and a display and software that
can be integrated to existing system like that in homes, buildings etc to enable monitoring measurement and
control of devices using smart phone. Customers include Ista, Cooper Security Ltd.
$1.2M
EcoisMe [Krakow, 2013]: The EcoisMe service is a combination of hardware and software that analyzes energy
spending. The EcoisMe system can identify devices in homes using unique algorithms based on spectrum and
power analysis. The hardware consists of a single a transmitter connected to the main electrical panel and a
receiver as well as a mobile app (iOS and Android). EcoisMe emerged out of hackathon at TeslaCamp (won the $154.37k
first prize of $100k) in August 2013 and recently received funding from Hubraum (~100k) and Deutsche
Telekom. EcoisMe's system is currently being piloted with a view to being rolled out across Europe in the ten
countries in which Deutsche Telekom is a utility provider.
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Microsoft Ventures, TenOneTen
Capital Factory, Strategic Partners
Scottish Enterprise, Archangel
Informal Investments
Startup Sauna, hub:raum, IDCEE,
Liberty Global, Deutsche Telekom
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (81/107)
Company
Details
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Usage
Wattcost [Sydney, 2012]: Wattcost has developed a battery operated beacon with stick on electricity meter
sensor. Once installed on the electricity meter the device monitors users energy consumption for which it claims
it is using advanced ML algorithms. Device alerts the user when an appliance is left switched on using
geofencing to spot user location and also when energy saving is spotted, the user can set a target for energy
consumption using the app and can compare their performance with other Wattcost users.
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Nubings [Spain, 2015]: Nubings has developed a connected system to monitor domestic energy consumption.
The solution consists of small connected sensors to monitor electricity consumption of individual devices at
home. These sensors collect the consumption data and send it to a central hub from where it is relayed to the
cloud. The user can tap into this data along with insights and suggestions to learn about their energy
consumption habits.
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Eco Automation [Newport Beach, 2013]: Eco Automation has developed a platform which focusses on energy
usage and conservation and user sensors and meters to gather energy usage data. Platform can communicate
with other home automation devices to enable control through one application. In January 2016, Premier
Holding Corporation signed a sales agreement with Eco Automation to offer its smart home technology to their
over 200,000 clients of deregulated power
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
WattSmart [Makati, 2014]: WattSmart, a Philippine startup, allows the customer to determine how much
power is consumed by each appliance to help budget electricity costs. WattSmart sensors are attached to the
wires connected to a circuit breaker and these sensors determine how much electricity each of the appliances
uses, and this information is transmitted to WattSmart via wifi or SMS. A month’s subscription to an eightsensor kit costs PHP500 (US$11), so it’s PHP6,000 (US$135) for a full year.
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
Usage
Sense [Cambridge, 2013]: Sense has developed technology that can recognize each device's electronic signature
and then monitor their energy consumption. Current sensors on the main breakers in the electric panel records
electric device signature. These signatures are worked upon by device detecting algorithms which detect
individual devices in house. User can then visualize device usage and their energy consumption on their
smartphone app.
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Funding
Investors
Telefonica
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Home Automation (82/107)
Company
Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
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Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
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Home Automation Monitoring - Energy
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Details
Twingz [Vienna, 2010]: Twingz monitors the energy consumption in residential and commercial spaces by
installing hardware. Their products eCoach is connected to energy consuming devices and collects data
regarding consumption, eButler takes the data from eCoach and automatically controls the devices to save
energy. It is incubated at Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living.
Funding
Investors
Startupbootcamp
Gryphin [Bangkok, 2015]: Gryphin measures and analyzes the power consumption for building and homes. The
Gryphin is IoT connected device which is WiFi enabled and uses cloud to store and compute the data. Gryphin
provide two things as hardware build to measure and control energy consumption of appliance then identify
which appliance consumes most energy. As of Oct 2015, it is still in Beta phase.
OpenStrom [Salzburg, 2015]: Openstrom has developed an open hardware smart meter that can measure and
control up to 10 circuits. Meter helps detect individual device consumption data, to detect unusual energy usage
pattern, and to monitor whole houses and do simple home automation.
Greeniant [Rijswijk, 2012]: Greenian uses non intrusive load monitoring technology to analyze smart meter
data to give insights into energy usage consumption by electrical devices. It helps in reading each individual
electrical device and looks into deviations to detect deteriorating device health, thus enabling cost saving.
Breed Reply
wattvision [Princeton, 2009]: Wattvision offers an idea of monitoring energy consumption in realtime from the
web. Fr the same it provides WattVision WiFi Sensor and a gateway. The gateway notifies the user if there is any
spike in energy consumption through the Sensor data. Provides a smartphone application for on the go energy
consumption monitoring. Alexis Ohanian made an angel investment in 2009. Raised $67k on Kickstarter in Sept
2012.
Y Combinator
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Home Automation
Home Security
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Details
Home Automation Monitoring - Leakage
Tripleplus Ltd. [Yokneam Illit, 2011]: Triple Plus has developed connected gas and water leakage management
devices for domestic usage. Company's Triple+CLM solution is a connected solution which can be installed on
both water and gas pipe and can be integrated with other smart home solutions. Solution shuts down gas and
water supply whenever leak is detected by detector unit. User can also remotely monitor and control water and
gas supply infrastructure in-house. Triple Plus also provides hub to communicate with the connected devices
and a repeater unit to extend the communication range between the hub and shut off the unit. Company also
provides individual gas and water leakage units which shut down supply upon detection of leakage.
Home Automation Monitoring - Pets
Petcube [San Francisco, 2012]: Petcube is a home gadget that lets users watch, talk and play laser games with
their pet through mobile app anytime, anywhere. Inside a 4-inch cube there is a wide-angle video camera
capable of streaming HD-video, a microphone, speakers and a low-intensity laser on a movable platform. With
the smartphone app users can see a video stream from the camera, talk to their pet and move the laser dot – a
favourite toy for many cats and dogs. Petcube was funded with Kickstarter ($250k) and became the most
successful crowdfunded pet product in history.
Home Automation Monitoring - Pets
Home Automation Monitoring - Pets
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Funding
Investors
$3.8M
Y Combinator, Almaz Capital,
AVentures Capital, semyon.com,
SOSV, HAX
Fishbit [Chicago, 2014]: FishBit is a WiFi and Bluetooth LE-connected set of sensors that pairs with mobile and
web applications to help saltwater aquarium owners review historical and real-time readings, receive
notifications when levels suddenly change, and obtain recommendations for proactive aquarium maintenance.
Highway1 alumni. Company managed to raise over $11k in crowdfunding on Kickstarter.
Highway1
Current Labs [San Francisco, 2014]: Current Labs has developed technology to constantly monitor aquarium's
water composition. Solution consists of a device that goes in the aquarium to monitor pH, salinity and
temperature of water, user can also create alerts for water level utilizing the integrated water sensor. Solution
also consists of a multiplug strip where users can plug in lights, pumps etc to control them remotely using the
companion app. Company's product managed to raise over $11K on Kickstarter.
Highway1, Maiden Lane
Connected Yard [Campbell, 2014]: Connected Yard has developed a suite of pool care solution which includes a
device that monitors water quality and notifies when its time to add chemicals. Company provides pre
measured pods of chemicals to user as part of its subscriptions, in addition to access to its network of pool
professionals. In case any special chemicals are required those are supplied as well.
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$2.2M
Tandem, Playground Global
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
Details
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Investors
$20k
Gener8tor
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Driblet [Monterrey, 2013]: Driblet is a smart water meter that connects to water pipes to track use. Their
patent pending technology enables driblet to run on the water it is tracking, hence it doesn't need any external
power. Driblet is a connected device, so it'll report back to the cloud via Wi-Fi without need of syncing it with a
computer. Stored on a remote server, data about water usage can be accessed by an Android or iOS device.
Driblet Labs was a member of the 2014 Winter generation of Gener8tor accelerator program based in Madison
WI.
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Inflotrolix [Quebec City, 2011]: Inflotrolix develops and manufactures a product 'Nowa' which is a damage and
a water leak detection system. Another company product is 'Aqua-Protec' which consists of a microelectronic
control panel, sensors and an inflatable balloon probe, that detects a sewer backup in seconds and triggers the
inflation of the balloon to quickly seal the discharge pipe, thus stopping sewer from coming back to household.
The company is backed by Anges Quebec
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Anges Quebec
Sprav [Cleveland, 2012]: Sprav provides wireless smart water meter for shower. It can monitor water usage and
provides real time feedback to promote water conservation. It provides a combination of instant feedback and
usage tracking, During showers, Sprāv gives visual and audible cues to notify about water and energy
consumption in real-time.
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Water Hero [Boston, 2014]: Water Hero has developed a cloud-connected, real-time monitoring device that
detects water leak in house piping network. The device monitors the water flow and relays the information to
cloud from where user can access the flow information and receive alerts for leaks. The device is also equipped
with temperature sensor to detect freezing temperatures and also enables user to program triggers based on
their requirements. Company makes three different sensing units with different features.
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Ubios [Montreal, 2014]: Ubios offers a connected home solution to control water leakage and resultant water
damage, and reduce electricity usage. Its solution involves setting up sensors in various parts of the home an
water supply system to detect human presence and water leaks respectively. The data from this is sent to a
central metering system in the house that intelligently shuts off power to heating and cooling systems when not
required and also shuts off water when leakages are discovered. Ubios was part of the accelerator program of
InnoCité MTL.
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Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
Details
Startupbootcamp
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Oasys [Barcelona, 2014]: Oasys tracks the water consumption in a household and provides feedback to user
about it. Oasys compare water usage to other users and also provides update on the water level in the
surroundings. Additionally it also detect water leakage and alerts user about it. The company provides sensors
which can be installed around the exterior of pipes. These sensors provide real-time data to the consumer
through the Oasys device.
Terra Venture Partners
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
SmarTap [Nesher, 2008]: SmartTap has developed shower controlled by their patented MEMS technology.
Company's eValve technology measures pressure and temperature using MEMS technology to enable precise
control of flow and temperature. The shower head is fitted with wifi device which connects it to the smart grid
platform from where temperature and pressure can be controlled, user can also control the shower and turn it
on before reaching home. Company is aiming to partner with shower manufacturers to put in their units in their
showers and aim hotel chains.
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Funding
Investors
Waterclever [Nice, 2015]: Waterclever has made sensing and action modules that allow control and
management of water system. Technology enables leak and abnormal consumption detection, real time
customer alert, automatic water cut off only on the pipe where the anomaly is.
Flo Technologies [Los Angeles, ]: Flo is a home water monitor, conservation and alarm system with leak
prevention technology that gives the ability to control water remotely. Solution consists of a integrated valve,
wireless gateway and proximity sensor. Controlling, monitoring and testing of water system is done through
app.
Hydrao [Moirans, 2014]: Hydrao is developing smart shower extension which monitors the outflowing water
and changes light color depending on the amount of water that has flown out. Device doesn't requires any
batteries as it generates power from flowing water. Smartphone app allows to control water color and get
insights into water used.
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Plug and Play Tech Center, Echo
Capital Group, MetaProp NYC
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (86/107)
Company
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Details
Funding
Investors
Bwareit [Jerusalem, 2015]: Bwareit has developed water meter device that can be attached to any water tap,
pipe or hose which increase water consumption awareness. SmartH20 provides used water quantities and other
parameters temperature, costs etc through its display. The extension can also be attached with data services
like app.
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Eva Smart Shower [Orange County, 2014]: Eva is a smart shower head that can save up to 50% of the user's
water usage. Features include a temperature setting that shuts off water when a desired temperature is
reached, a unique sensor system that adjusts the water flow based off the user’s needs and a timer that
reminds users when they are taking too long. Has a companion app (connects via Bluetooth) that provides
comprehensive shower statistics, showing water usage habits and allowing comparison with the Eva community.
Raised more than $130k on a goal of $50k on Indiegogo.
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Water Hero [Boston, 2014]: Water Hero is a smartphone-controlled device, that gives people insight into their
water use. The device is placed directly on the user's municipal water meter to get a detailed picture of flow
rates. If it detects an unusually high volume of water (typically caused by a leak), the Water Hero can alert the
user and even shut down the system. The device detects magnetic pulses from the municipal meter (typically
1/100th of a gallon). It sends this information to the user's phone via Wi-Fi. Water Hero was born at the
Massachusetts Cleanweb Hackathon. It can also be set to "away" mode, in which case it will shut down the
system if the flow rate exceeds a set value. Costs $199 and works with any smartphone (including WebOS, Bada,
and Symbian). Raised $64k with a goal of $54k on Kickstarter (campaign is still live).
Home Automation Monitoring - Water
Sutro [San Francisco, 2012]: Sutro is a water testing and data analytics company. Currently in beta, Sutro's first
product is a smart pool sensor capable of detecting a wide variety of pool chemistry parameters such as
chlorine, acidity, salt, and temperature. Based on technology which has a patent pending, Sutro is designed to
maintain pool quality with minimal involvement from the user. Their device can automate testing, ships
chemicals when needed and tells the user when to administer them.
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SparkLabs Global Ventures, IncWell
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
Details
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Smartrhomes [Bangalore, 2013]: Smartrhomes offers technology and software solution to users to enable them
measure their water consumption and use it more efficiently. Its product, SmartrWater is a hardware device
that can be installed into water inlets which helps to monitor, control and optimize water consumption in real
time through the software platform on the web or mobile. Through the platform users can get alerts on
leakages. Its automation hub Nuclious integrates the utilities such as water, electricity and cooking gas along
with active security and enables real time connectivity of various smart meters and sensors with SmartrHomes
platform.
Funding
Investors
Petnet [Pasadena, 2012]: Petnet's SmartFeeder is a pet feeder with intelligent sensor technology, learning
algorithms, and processing power that assesses the dietary requirements of a pet, creates a custom feeding
schedule to meet those requirements, alerts pet owners when their pet has been fed and reminds owners to
purchase more food when they run low. The device can be accessed and controlled by any smartphone, tablet
LaunchCapital, Kima Ventures, Grishin
or computer, allowing all pet caregivers to monitor and/or adjust feeding schedules, compare their pet’s diet to
Robotics, SparkLabs Global Ventures,
other similar pets, order food etc. The device can access data to compare a pet’s diet with similar dogs or cats, $6.59M
iRobot, Aspiration Growth, Black River
as well as connect to an digital pet marketplace for new orders. Also manufactures SmartBowl, which is a pet
Ventures, Alexa Fund, Enspire Capital
bowl with sensors, so the dog owner can pour the food manually but the bowl tells when to stop, as it is
programmed to understand how much the pet should eat that day for that particular meal. The company was
Home Automation - Pet initially funded and incubated at Bolt, a seed-stage fund in Boston that invests capital, personnel, equipment,
Feeder
and expertise in hardware startups. Petnet has received over 10,000 orders for the Petnet SmartFeeder.
Cats2See [Tel Aviv, 2010]: Cat2See has developed a range of connected device for cat owners to interact with
their cat when they are away from home. The device has food box which can be scheduled and controlled to
release food. A camera to take photos and video of the cat and a rod to attach toys to. The device also tracks
the motion of cat and alerts user upon a trigger. The user can also share photos with other Cat2See users and
Home Automation - Pet can play with their cats too. Kits range from $143 to $190 in cost with variation of feeder, toy rod and camera
Feeder
mount.
aquadevices [Chungju-si, 2014]: Aqua devices is developing systems to video monitor aquariums, control tank
accessories such as feeders and lights. Additionally company is developing a social network for fish hobbyists.
Home Automation - Pet Aqua devices is a Korean company.
Feeder
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Home Security
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Feeder
Details
FeedandGo [Los Angeles, 2012]: Feed & Go is an automatic pet feeder that allows user to control their pet's
feeding schedule from anywhere. Feeder comes with an integrated web cam to enable monitoring.
PetChatz [Minneapolis, ]: Petchatz is a video monitoring solution for pets. User can remotely detect activity of
their pets, can go through the live feed of the house and dispense treats and scents for the pet. It also comes
Home Automation - Pet with optional accessory which pet can be trained press inorder to reach to owner.
Feeder
CatFi [San Mateo, 2014]: CatFi is a cat face recognition enabled cat feeding system monitors intake of each cat
individually helping owners to track health of their multiple cats. Catfi is also claimed to be coming with a weight
monitoring system, the platform at which cat will feed. Catfi is still in development phase and is available for
Home Automation - Pet preorder on its website for $199 as of August 2015. In 2014 Catfi(launched as Bistro) raised $240K on Indiegogo.
Feeder
Nibbles [Toronto, 2014]: Nibbles is a smart pet feeder in development phase which will allow user to remotely
feed their pets. User can also create a diet regime for their pet and are notified about time of feeding and
quantity of food left. Nibbles will also come with a camera which can be used to monitor pets. Nibbles funding
Home Automation - Pet campaign on Kickstarter raised $8K of a $50K goal. As of August 2015, Nibbles is available for preorder on their
website.
Feeder
Home Automation Purifiers - Air
Anyair [Chongqing, 2014]: Anyair focuses on air quality testing and air purification technology, product
development. It aims to provide purified air technology solution to the ordinary people at a low cost. The
product aims to provide right temperature, humidity, freshness, quiet, cleanliness, speed to maintain clean air
quality. They have applied for more than 10 patents.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (89/107)
Company
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Home Automation Purifiers - Air
Home Automation Purifiers - Air
Home Automation Purifiers - Air
Home Automation Radiators
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Investors
Squair [Beijing, 2014]: SQUAIR uses non thermal plasma technology to provide clean air by filtering pollution,
smoke, pollen, odors, mold and other harmful substances and gases. It is a portable air cleaner that combines
HEPA & Carbonfilter. It is currently live on KickStarter and raised €64,182 as of November 2015.
BaoMi [Shanghai, 2014]: BaoMi is a air purifier hardware product venture. Claims to have laser sensors that can
detect the dust particles. It filters filter harmful gases, fine particles and kills common bacteria. The product has
a dust holding capacity up to 3 times the normal filter and adsorption capacity is 2 times the industry average. It
raised Series A round of funding from Cheetah Mobile.
Cheetah Mobile
FairAir [Shenzhen, 2014]: FairAir is a developer for smart air purifier. It claims to provide 6 layer filter
protection, can absorb large particles of pollutants suspended in air, removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene
and other toxic organic compounds and kills bacteria, viruses, toxic microorganisms through the air ionization.
Claims to have raised Angel round of funding from Le Risk Capital.
LeBox Capital
Iqegg [Shenzhen, 2014]: Iqegg is a smart air purifier. The egg shaped product which is 0.72m in height and
about 0.5m in diameter. It has a 360 degree outlet and built-in loop edge lights which change colors according
to air quality. It also has a mesh filter, deodorizing filter, HEPA filter, titanium dioxide, in the four filter layers
and can be controlled and monitored by a mobile phone application.
Jingdong, Unity Ventures, Cheetah
Mobile
ECOVENT CORP [Boston, 2012]: ecoVent makes a smart, wireless, HVAC zoning system that allows room by
room temperature control in the home. ecoVent tackles the problem of heating/cooling rooms which are not
being used, by redirecting airflow to where it’s actually needed. Its wireless vents open or close based on the $9.87M
real temperature and humidity conditions of each room. Built-in motion sensors recognise when the room is
empty, so there’s no need to heat or cool empty rooms.
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Emerson Electric, Tamarisc
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Home Automation Radiators
Home Automation Radiators
Home Automation Radiators
Home Automation Radiators
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Investors
Embue [Boston, 2007]: Embue(formerly called Coincident) has developed a technology to improve the
management and operation of residential and small commercial HVAC systems. Their product, Embue Vent is a
controllable heating & cooling register designed to replace existing manual vents in a home or business. Embue
$1.75M
Vent is manufactured by Jackson Systems at their manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. When
combined with Embue's low-cost wireless sensors and intelligent HVAC controls, Embue Vent creates a solution
that delivers per room control when used with heating and cooling systems. Raised $45k on Kickstarter.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Keen Home [New York City, 2013]: Keen Home is a hardware and software company that is innovating for the
connected home. It has designed a smart cooling/heating vent which can be controlled remotely using $1.64M
smartphone. Successfully raised $40k from crwodfunding site Indiegogo from 150 backers.
Techstars, FundersClub, Comporium,
RMR Capital, R/GA, Brand Foundry
Ventures, American Family Ventures,
Galvanize, MetaProp NYC, NYU
Innovation Venture Fund
Radiator Labs [Brooklyn, 2011]: Converts cast-iron radiators into precision heating machines. With patented
technology and web/mobile/scheduled control, Radiator Labs adds climate control, operational efficiency and
safety to any radiator. Co-founder and tech adviser holds 9 patents, 50 publications. MIT. Won $200K MIT Clean
Energy Prize.
Hive [London, 2012]: Hive (by British Gas) provides a device that allows control of heating and hot water from
the user's smartphone. Allows control via app or text. Provides features such as frost protection, scheduling,
preferences saving and pre-sets. Control is also available remotely.
eCozy [Munich, 2013]: eCozy offers an energy-efficient and eco-friendly heating solution that is compatible with
the majority of heating systems in Western Europe. The eCozy intelligent Thermostat and eCozy Central unit use
adaptive algorithms that adjust to the environment and user as well as the ability to be remotely controlled
through the cloud or companion smartphone app. The central unit speaks to each of the thermostats with one
thermostat required per radiator. Raised $43k on a goal of $30k on Indiegogo.
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$220k
Dorm Room Fund, MetaProp NYC
Home Automation
Home Security
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Company
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
Details
Funding
Investors
Tado [Munich, 2011]: Tado has developed an IR device that controls AC like a remote control thus it works with
all remote controlled AC and AC need not be smart. User can remotely switch on and off their AC using the app.
Device recognizes when user is near home and sets up the temperature as per users preference. Company is
retailing device for $199.
$57M
Siemens, Target Partners, Shortcut,
BayBG, homeserveplc.com, Inven
Capital, Statkraft Ventures
Sensibo [Wilmington, 2013]: Sensibo is a tiny device that connects air conditioners to the internet. It can be
used with any A/C that has a remote control. It comes with a free app for iPhone, Android and Pebble. Sensibo
are designed to have two parts: one smart hub that connects to the home router, and a Sensibo Pod for each of
the air conditioners. Raised $110k on Indiegogo in June 2014.
$650K
Western Technology Investment,
Kima Ventures, Lool Ventures, Motus
Ventures
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
PoG Technologies [Peoria, 2013]: PoG Technologies has developed a AC filter monitoring solution called
Filterwatch. Filterwatch is attached to the AC vent and it measures the speed of air coming out from the vent
using the integrated sensor. It again measures the speed of air from the vent after 10 days and matches the
speed to the speed 10 days earlier. If there is more that 25% drop in air speed it alerts the user. Wireless model
connects to the smart home hub and company is planning to introduce a bluetooth model which will send
notification directly to user phone.
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
Flair Systems [San Francisco, 2014]: Flair manufactures temperature control devices for homes. Its Flair Puck is
bluetooth beacon equipped with sensors and Flair Vents which replaces the old AC vents work together with
existing internet-connected thermostats to adjust temperature in individual rooms being used, using occupancy
sensors and historical occupancy data. Puck can also pair up with existing connected cooling units to control
temperature. Flair's systems can be controlled via smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, as well as via the
Flair Puck device. Graduated from Haxlr8r and Urban Us.
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
Loop Lab [Ontario, 2014]: Looplab is developing smart vents allowing users to individually setup temperature of
all the rooms in house. Vents will be controlled by a hub relaying commands from users phone.
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Details
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Ambi Labs [Hong Kong, 2012]: Ambiclimate is an indoor climate optimizing device. Using patent pending
algorithms it pairs with the users smartphone and builds a climate profile based on user preferences, indoor
climate and the environment. It adjusts the AC directly via infra-red and reduces power usage while
personalizing the rooms climate to suit the user. It is compatible with a range of AC's via configuration profile.
Winner of Cocoon pitch 2013. Raised $114k on a goal of $25k on Kickstarter.
Home Automation Remote AC Mgmt.
Monolyth [Ljubljana, 2013]: Monolyth, a product of Slovenian company Entia, is an internet-connected device
for window and wall air conditioning unit, optimizing air temperature and quality. Using multiple sensors and
geo-fencing Monolyth will know when the user arrives and creates a comfortable environment prior to his/her
arrival. Has the ability to historically track behavior and habits regarding the air conditioning. Also offers
developers an open API and plans to integrate the Monolyth into 3rd party systems. Raising funding on
Indiegogo as of Aug, 2014.
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Swan Solutions [Houston, 2014]: Knocki is a disc shaped device that responds to knocks thus turning any solid
surfaces, such as walls, doors or tables, into remote control switches for internet connected devices. Knocki can
recognize different patterns of knocks and each knock pattern can be programmed to trigger specific actions
through a companion app.
Funding
Investors
$50k
Seed Sumo
Pura Scents [Orem, 2014]: Pura Scents is developing smart scent dispenser with which user will be able to
create a scheduled release cycle to have a multi-fragrance experience. User can release scent remotely through
Home Automation - Scent a WiFi or 3G/4G mobile device.
Dispenser
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Juicero [San Francisco, 2013]: Juicero’s flagship product is a $699 countertop device that cold presses juice out
of “packs” of already prepped fruit and veggies. The packs — reminiscent of the cups and pouches used in
single-cup coffee brewers from Keurig, Flavia or Nespresso — cost $4 to $10 each and are available through a $89.8M
Juicero subscription, but not in groceries. Juicero reads the QR code on the packs and sends the consumption
and inventory information to user via companion app.
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KPCB, Thrive Capital, GV, Interplay
Ventures, Vast Ventures, Two Sigma
Ventures, Double Bottom Line
Investors, Mindfull Investors, ARTIS
Ventures, Campbell Soup Co, First
Beverage Group, DBL Partners, ICH
Group
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
Details
Funding
Investors
$6M
Founder Collective, General Catalyst
Partners, Bolt
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Kuvée [Boston, 2014]: Kuvée is is developing a WiFi connected appliance (looks a standard wine bottle) that
upon inserting a proprietary Kuvée wine cartridge, serves wine a single glass at a time while naturally preserving
the remaining wine. The Kuvée appliance also contains a touch screen that upon inserting a cartridge displays
the wine’s label, gives consumers access to a broad array of dynamic and interesting content about the wine
you’re serving, other wine offerings in the Kuvée collection, and social recommendations for Kuvée wines from
drinkers with like taste profiles.
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
Wallflower [Charleston, 2013]: Wallflower provides a device that connects to the user's stove and monitors
usage and provides remote control. By installing the system, user's can remotely receive alerts on their
smartphone in case they forgot to switch off the stove before leaving their home or in case of children trying to $1.98M
switch the stove on. The user also has remote control allowing them to switch the stove off through their
smartphone. Selected to be a part of Microsoft ventures accelerator for home automation.
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
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Spinn Coffee [San Francisco, 2014]: Spinn.coffee makes connected coffee machines that auto replenish based
on users choice of local coffee roast from their Beanlist. Spinn.coffee also acts as a coffee marketplace for local
coffee roasters. Spinn Coffee is a graduate of the Highway1 accelerator program. The product is not launched as
of May, 2016. However, it is possible to place a preorder for the machine for $299.
$1.7M
Minibrew [Amsterdam, 2014]: MiniBrew is a fully automatic craft beer brewing appliance that allows anyone to
brew professional quality craft beer. Product automates the brewing, chilling, fermenting process by combining
$275.6k
sensor technology with software platform. Product uses pre packaged ingredients pack and can act as a
marketplace for there vendors. Brewing process can be monitored and controlled using the smart phone.
Thingk Design [Italy, 2014]: Thingk, a spin off from Politecnico di Milano, is an Italian startup engaged in design
and developed of connected everyday objects. Company's product include Gkilo, a gesture controlled connected
scale for the kitchen to measure the weight of food kept on it. The user can select the food they are weighing
and the app recommends the time for it to cook, this time is relayed to another product Clogk which is a
connected clock for the kitchen to act as a timer for cooking. Clogk can interact with both Gkilo and app and can
also be controlled by a gesture. Both these products managed to raise over $50K on Indiegogo.
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Microsoft Ventures
VOC Capital Partners
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Details
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Maid Oven [Kochi, 2011]: SectorQube offers a smart home oven called Maidoven. It is an internet-connected
oven with features such as recipe guide, recipe personalization, touch, voice and gesture controls along with
intelligent recipe suggestion based on user activity and automatic time and temperature settings. It can be
remotely controlled from the user's smartphone as well. Raised more than $124k on a goal of $50k on
Kickstarter.
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Funding
Investors
Wicoz [Elko, 2014]: Wicoz is a consumer electronics company, its first product Milknanny is a connected baby
formula milk maker. User can start production of formula milk using their smart phone with complete control
over temperature and concentration. Product raised over $120K on Kickstarter in February 2015, but several
comments point towards non delivery of product.
Stuf [San Francisco, 2015]: Stuf has developed a device to keep track of items in home, lab, pharmacies etc.
User can put in initial nformation about their their stuff into the device. Device captures the initial weight of the
item kept on it and notifies user when they are running out of`it, while at the same time it populates user
shopping list.
Tantiv4 [Sunnyvale, 2014]: Tantiv4 has developed FetchIT which is a connected device that can order upto 12
grocery items when user presses the button next to the item on the device. Assists to manage daily needs and
remembers them. Claims does not require re-charging, battery lasts 18 months under standard use model.
Device communicates via gateway to a pre decided person whom user can change using the smart phone app.
Coolmat [San Jose, 2015]: Coolmat is a weight sensor which can track the amount of grocery left and enables
automatic ordering from local stores. Product helps both consumer and retailer to avoid wastage on
perishables.
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Stealth
Home Automation
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Company
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
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Funding
Investors
Fresh.coffee [Kirkland, 2015]: Wireless coffee jar that tells user when it is running low on coffee. Coffee jar
pushes notification to users phone when coffee is low, user can than user company's list of suppliers to order
coffee. User can select to get coffee automatically by setting preferences and coffee jar uses cloud to order
coffee regularly from selected retailer.
dtekt [Mesa, ]: According to companies angel profile, company is developing sensor based alarm system to
detect kitchen appliances fire faster than smoke alarms and take preventive measures.
GeniCan [New York City, 2015]: Genican is a device that attaches to the lip of the garbage can and detects the
item thrown away by reading their barcodes. Genican then adds these items to the users grocery list. Genican's
battery is claimed to last for upto seven days. As of May 2015 Genican has $7k of $5k goal on Indiegogo.
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
Dionysus Technology Concepts [Spokane, 2012]: The Sonic Decanter uses patented ultrasonic energy to
improve a wine's chemical and molecular structure, purportedly giving wine with a better aroma and taste. It
reportedly breaks down chemicals like sulfur dioxide, a common wine additive that help preserve the wine. The
decanting can take 15 minutes, so users can start the process earlier either via hard buttons connected
smartphone app (Bluetooth). Priced at $249. Has raised more than $139k on a goal of $85k on Kickstarter.
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
Somabar [Los Angeles, 2014]: Somabar is automatic cocktail mixing device. Users fill the device pods with the
needed ingredients. The user can then select their drink through the app and the Somabar will make the
cocktails (typically within a few seconds). Somabar is Wi-Fi connected and app-enabled. The app has thousands
of different drink recipes which can be adjusted to fit preferences. Somabar can also suggest new drinks based
on the ingredients loaded. Product has received patents. Has raised more than $235k on a goal of $50k on
Kickstarter. Has received angel investment from James Brandt and Shaun Arora.
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Stealth
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Home Security
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Company
Details
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Brewie [Budapest, 2014]: Brewie is a self-contained and automated beer-making system for home. Every step
of the process is handled by a computer that monitors and controls each stage. For beginners it eases the
process with the use of packaged ingredients and pre-programmed recipes, while experienced brewers can
customize every part of the process. has a smartphone app (Android, iOS, and WP), for notification and control.
Experienced brewers can control up to 23 parameters for the recipe, including the amount of water used, and
the temperatures and times for each step of the cook. Has raised more than $147k on a goal of $100k on
Indiegogo (campaign is still live as of Jan 2015).
Home Automation Smart Kitchen
Niwa [London, 2013]: Niwa is a smartphone-controlled growing system. It connects to the cloud via Wi-Fi and is
controlled through the companion smartphone app. Features include smartphone controllable, automated with
climate control with full control of light, temperature and humidity level and an automated hydroponic system
for watering as well as controls for custom experimentation. Raised more than $150k on a goal of $100k on
Kickstarter. Haxlr8r alum.
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SKE Labs [Toronto, 2013]: SKELabs offers smart kitchen products. SKEOne is a hub that syncs with multiple
smart tags. These tags can be attached to kitchen items like milk or cereal. When the item is running low, the
user can push the tag and alert the hub, which searches local retailers for the same product and can setup home
delivery of the product. Preferences can be set via the companion smartphone app. Will be piloted in San
Francisco and Toronto in December.The SKEWare product consists of smart jars and bowls and will be able to
tell the user nutritional data, measurements etc via the companion app. Expected pilot in late 2015.
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Innit [San Francisco, 2013]: Innit is devising a method to connect food information to kitchen appliances
facilitate food making process. Innit is developing sensors which will detect the state and quantity of food to
make the process easier. Innit's team consist of food industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience
among them.
Funding
SOSV
$43M
June [San Francisco, 2013]: June oven is a smart computer based counter top oven with features like intelligent
alerts, video monitoring and meal planning. Weight sensors in the oven knows how much it weights and a
connected core temperature thermometer know the starting temperature thus cooking food evenly. Camera on $29.5M
Home Automation - the top of oven runs computer vision algorithms to identify dishes.June can be controlled using a smart phone
Smart Kitchen - Cooking or through the touch screen panel it comes with. June was launched in June 2015 and priced at $1495.
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Investors
First Round Capital, Foundry Group,
Founders Fund, Promus Ventures,
Lumia Capital, Vaizra Investments,
Upside Partnership, Lerer Hippeau
Ventures, Sound Ventures, Eclipse VC
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth
Home Automation (97/107)
Company
Funding
Investors
Orange Chef [San Francisco, 2011]: The company offers, Prep Pad, the iOS (iPad 3/iPhone 4s or newer) enabled
Bluetooth food scale. Prep Pad provides real-time nutritional information for all raw ingredients and scannable
food items. The food scale is the first of its kind, allowing users to visually obtain the full macro and micronutritional profiles of ingredients and meals as they create them, while saving to a personal profile. Users also
Home Automation - have the option to then share their creations socially via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Evernote. Also syncs
Smart Kitchen - Cooking with Jawbone Up. Raised more than $46k on a goal of $30k on Kickstarter.
$4.2M
NEA, GV, Kima Ventures, Great Oaks
Venture Capital, BDMI, Forerunner
Ventures, Graph Ventures, SparkLabs
Global Ventures, Lerer Hippeau
Ventures, Social Capital
Sereneti Kitchen [Atlanta, 2014]: Sereneti Kitchen aims to automate cooking in the home kitchen. User's load
fresh ingredients into the Sereneti Machine called COOKI (pre cut ingredients are available from Serenti), sync
the machine to their smart device (iOS or Android), choose the recipe that corresponds to the ingredients, and
cooking automatically begins without any further actions. Techcrunch Hardware Battlefield 2015 participant.
$150k
Cinder [San Francisco, 2012]: Cinder earlier known as Palate is developing a smart temperature sensing counter
top kitchen appliance for precision cooking. Cinder is claimed to be able to deliver uniform heating throughout
the surface of appliance. Interaction with appliance will be done through an app where you can put in what you
want to cook and how. Cinder is backed by Y Combinator and is a graduate of the hardware incubator
Home Automation - Highway1. Cinder's has also received funding from several angel investors according to their angel list profile. As
Smart Kitchen - Cooking of August 2015 Cinder is open for pre order and will be shipped by 2016.
$120K
Y Combinator, Scrum Ventures, SV
Tech Ventures
Nomiku [San Francisco, 2012]: Nomiku is a portable device designed for cooking food in the sous-vide method.
Sous-vide normally requires special water baths, something Nomiku aims to simplify. The device has to be
placed in the pot of water, after which the desired temperature is set. Once the water is at the desired level, it
Home Automation - can be used for cooking a sous-vide recipe. Nomiku raised $750k against a goal of $200k on crowd funding site
Smart Kitchen - Cooking kickstarter becoming the highest funded food category project.
$25K
SOSV, HAX
Home Automation Smart Kitchen - Cooking
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Details
Stove Eye [Mississauga, 2016]: Stove Eye has developed a connected camera that continuously monitors
kitchen stove and gives live feed to user on their smartphone. Device notifies user when the stove has been
turned on or off. User can also set cook time for different dishes they intend to, stove eye notifies user when
the time has passed.
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Auroma Brewing [Vancouver, 2014]: Auroma Brewing has developed a smart coffee brewing machine where
users can control variables such as grind size, temperature, coffer to water ratio, total dissolved coffee etc to
brew a cup of coffee as per their preference. User can control all the variables for each cup of coffee using the
Home Automation - companion app. Machine also alerts user when its running low on coffee. Company is Hax Hardware Accelerator
Smart Kitchen - Cooking Batch 7 graduate.
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Ricewise [Hyderabad, 2014]: Developing a smart rice cooker which can be operated through mobile and even
pre-set the time to initiate work. Has storage rooms for raw rice and water. Users can initiate the operations of
the product through a text message from mobile as the product comes with a SIM card slot. Currently running
an Indiegogo campaign for funding the project.
Caspo [Kochi, 2012]: Caspo is an offering from Reinwo Labs. Stovetop couples with the users phone or tablet.
The software and hardware work in synergy to learn the cooking habits and pattern and helps to multitask. It
also generates cooking gas on demand by using water and electricity. The hybrid burner switches between LPG
and self-produced cooking gas as per demand.
SectorQube [Ernakulam, 2011]: SectorQube is designing smart home appliances. MAID (Microwave Android
Integrated Device) which is Wi-Fi enabled, it can be controlled via android smartphones. Uses recipe uploaded
on cloud and control temperature and time accordingly. Additionally company also develops custom made
Home Automation - solutions for its clients. Winner of Mobisparks Conference, 2012 hosted by YourStory. Raised $123k through
Smart Kitchen - Cooking crowdfunding on kickstarter, a global crowdfunding platform.
Home Automation Smart Kitchen - Cooking
Apption Labs [Los Angeles, ]: Apption Labs has developed a smart thermometer to aid in cooking by measuring
core temperature of meat. User have to stick thermometer in meat and it relays real time temperature. Also
alerts when temperature reaches a level in accordance with preset value. Had successful crowdfunding
campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.
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Funding
Investors
SOSV, HAX
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Company
Details
The Sous Chef [Singapore, 2014]: Sous Chef is developing an automated cooking assistant for kitchen
operations at home. The device processes some of the most common breakfast items from around the world
automatically, with minimal interaction from a user. The entire process can also be controlled via a Smartphone.
Home Automation - The company is incubated at Startup Village, Kochi. Team is residing in Singapore. The product is yet to be
Smart Kitchen - Cooking released.
Keyway Innovations [Hong Kong, 2012]: The Qi is an automated tea brewing machine that takes care of the 4
key elements in brewing tea; water temperature, brewing time, water flow, and tea leaf expansion. The device
uses a unique patent-pending brewing system that allows for a hassle-free automatic brewing process with
simple preparation and cleanup. In addition, the Qi teamaker comes in 3 different versions and brew traditional
teas, HK style milk tea, bubble tea, floral teas or iced teas. Features include built-in programs for specific tea
varieties, water/leaf separation architecture, clear glass body, aroma-enhancing design, automatic rinse tea, and
automatic dispense tea. Selected models of the Qi teamaker will also come with a smartphone app that lets
users customize the brewing settings, manage the brewing process, and follow favorite tea recipes easily on a
Home Automation - smartphone. Failed to raise it's goal of $85k on Kickstarter. Begins shipping in April 2015. Expected price of more
Smart Kitchen - Cooking than $130.
Arist [San Francisco, 2014]: Arist offers a coffee machine that allows users fine control over their coffee
brewing. Users can control their brew with high precision from the accompanying smartphone app. The app also
features thousands of recipes that users can brew quickly, if they have the ingredients on hand. The app can
also place orders for ingredients (for the next brewing session). The app can also offer recommendations based
on user preferences. The device can connect to Wi-Fi allowing control from anywhere through the cloud. It can
Home Automation - also detect NFC tags placed on a cup and begin brewing the drink associated with the user. Has raised more
Smart Kitchen - Cooking than $845k on a goal of $120k on Kickstarter.
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Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Pantelligent [Mountain View, 2014]: Designed by a team of four MIT graduates, Pantelligent offers a smart pan
with sensors that continuously take temperature readings and wirelessly send the data to the Pantelligent
smartphone (iOS only) app via Bluetooth. The pan and the app work together to turn the temperature readings
into step-by-step cooking instructions that prompt the user to make temperature adjustments to get perfect
cooking results. User's must choose a recipe (50 available so far) then indicate the thickness of the ingredient.
The pan will indicate when the ingredient can be cooked (when the pan reaches the appropriate temperature)
Home Automation - and will ask the user to make temperature adjustments as needed. Has raised more than $82k on a goal of $20k
Smart Kitchen - Cooking on Kickstarter. Parent company Circuitlabs is a Y-Combinator alum (W13).
Funding
Investors
FundersClub
Anova Culinary [Stamford, 2013]: Anova offers a sous vide immersion circulator. It pairs with the users
smartphone via Bluetooth. The Anova can heats and circulates a water bath for the user. This water bath is used
to cook the item in the sous vide style. The system has a temperature range of 25°C to 99°C and a 12-liter-perHome Automation - minute pump that circulates the water while cooking and costs $199. Raised more than $1.8M on Kickstarter on
Smart Kitchen - Cooking a goal of $100k.
Adaptics [Dublin, 2012]: Drop sells a smart scale that is designed for baking enthusiasts. Using the pre-selected
drop recipes in the companion iOS app, users only have to place a mixing bowl on the scale and then select the
recipe. The scale will measure the ingredients as they are added and inform the user when the right amount has
Home Automation - been added. It can also scale the recipe to the number of servings required. The app can act as a timer and
Smart Kitchen - Cooking inform the user when the baking time has elapsed via smartphone alert. Android version is due in 2015.
Home Automation Smart Safe
Stash [Salt Lake City, 2015]: Stash has developed a smart safe that can be operated by users smartphone. User
can protect the safe by using their fingerprint or through a pin. User can also use webkeys to unlock the safe
through setting goals around whatever that their smartphone can measure. User can set goal around fitness,
productivity etc.
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Frontline Ventures, WI Harper Group,
Idea Bulb Ventures, VTF Capital
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Luma [Atlanta, 2014]: Luma is a Wi-Fi hotspot connects using a technology similar to surround sound method to
ensure there are no dead spots in home. The system also offers user parental controls so they can shut down
certain devices at certain times. It connects via a private mesh network with other Lumas, thereby creating a
massive hot spot around the house. Each device communicates with app about traffic patterns and network
interference then they automatically tune and reconfigure on the fly to optimize performance at all times.
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Nest [Palo Alto, 2010]: Nest Labs is the creator of the world’s first Learning Thermostat. Nest Labs has two
products - Nest Learning Thermostat for energy efficiency and savings at home. Open to developers.; Nest
Protect, a better smoke and carbon monoxide detector. 100 patents granted, 200 filed, and 200 more ready to
file. ex-Apple-iPod founding team. Acquired by Google for $3.2B in Jan 2014. Started the Nest Developer
program for third party applications and development.
Funding
Investors
$16M
Accel Partners, Amazon, 500 Startups,
Felicis Ventures, Webb Investment
Network, Relay Ventures, Base
Ventures, BIP Capital
$80M
Lightspeed Venture Partners, KPCB,
Shasta Ventures, Venrock, Point Judith
Capital, Google Ventures, Intertrust,
Generation Investment Management,
Darwin Ventures, CoyoteRidgeVC, Red
Sea Ventures, C4 Ventures
Ecobee [Toronto, 2007]: Ecobee’s smart thermostats keep your home comfortable while conserving energy and
Relay Ventures, Tech Capital Partners,
saving you money. Offers control through smartphone devices / web. The thermostat connects the clients to
$15.5M InvestEco, Carrier, Just Energy Group,
their WiFi, and gives them remote access to the thermostat settings from any computer and helps in energy
OCGC
conservation. Its products are used in single family homes, multi-family dwellings, and offices.
Ween [Aix-en-Provence, 2014]: Ween is a tear-drop shaped thermostat controller for homes. The temperature
is displayed on the screen, in Celsius, and users can twist the silver tip to adjust the temperature, then tap to
confirm the change.An interesting feature is its ability to pair up with the phones of all family members and
adjust itself depending on who's home. It even shuts itself down when everyone leaves and turns on
automatically whenever any member returns home. The teardrop half of the Ween communicates with a
traditional wall-mounted actuator unit that works with any central HVAC system. Ween has received the
support of Marseille-based business accelerator, P. Factory, since its inception.
$2M
Ngenic [Uppsala, 2010]: Ngenic has developed Tune, a system to manage temperature at home. System
consists of sensors which measure the inside temperature and amount of sunlight that comes in, a gateway that
$1.65M
communicates to cloud and a control unit that communicates with the heating system to set the temperature.
User can control and review the temperature from their mobile phone using the smartphone app.
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Crédit Agricole Alpes Provence,
SmartAngels, Paca Investment
Vinnova, Uppsala Innovation Centre
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Funding
Investors
$1.2M
Caixa Capital Risc, Wayra
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Momit [Madrid, 2012]: Momit is a Spanish company that has developed devices to control home temperature
and better manage energy consumption. The company has developed three devices, one of them is an AC
management device and two are thermostats. AC management device attaches to the AC and gives user
functionality to control temperature as per their need, device learns from user behavior over time and
automatically sets up the temperature. Thermostats are also smart, learning from user behavior and can be
controlled via an app. The difference between two is, one is only for heat control and allows the user to setup
remote units in rooms to prioritize heating while other can be utilized for both heat and cold and is touch based.
Only thermostats have presence sensor to turn off when the house is empty.
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Qivivo [Nantes, 2012]: Qivivo has developed smart connected thermostat with features like occupancy
detection, proximity detection. It learns from user heating patterns and automates the entire process.Moreover $1.16M
user can also program their heating by going previous heating data.
SensorSuite [Toronto, 2012]: SensorSuite's wireless smart thermostat technologies that can be installed to
monitor and control large spaces like conference rooms and ballrooms. SensorSuite combines leading-edge
sensor technology, Big Data analytics, and advanced controls to precisely manage office buildings, hotels, public
spaces, industrial sites and other real estate. Estimates up to 30% on energy cost per building in savings.
ThinkRise [Beijing, 2014]: ThinkRise is a smart home technology solution company which develops thermostats.
The product performs intelligent temperature control, air conditioning, heating etc. It has raised angel round of
funding from GZAngel.
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$550k
Kima Ventures, Bpifrance, Gocapital,
Saint Gobain
Business Development Bank of
Canada, Ryerson Futures, EVP
gzAngel
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
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Switchee [London, 2013]: Swithcee has developed connected thermostats to control heating in homes to
reduce energy bills. Thermostat learns user behavior after initial days of usage after which it adjusts the
temperature according to users routine. The device is also equipped with the occupancy sensor to turn off heat
when no one is home. Switchee also helps building managers by giving them data about boiler usage and
expected service times, buy monitoring humidity levels to identify properties at high risk of mold infestation
and.
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ThermoSmart [Arnhem, 2011]: ThermoSmart has developed a connected thermostat to maintain house
temperature. User can use the companion mobile/desktop app to have a look at the temperature, to set
temperature schedule and control other functions remotely. Thermostat has a display screen which in addition
to indoor temperature also displays outside temperature which it pulls from internet, screen doubles up as
touch interface. Thermostat can be interoperated with other devices at home using services like IFTTT.
PPM Oost, Green House Cleantech
Incubator
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Thermostats
Cosa [Istanbul, 2013]: Cosa, a product by Nuvi Smart Energy Technology is a connected thermostat to be
installed in homes. Company's thermostat is compatible with different heating/cooling products from
companies like Bosch, Altus, Airfel, Buderus etc. Thermostat is available either on a monthly rental basis or for a
one time fee.
Hub Controls [Dublin, 2014]: Hub Controls has developed smart thermostat for homes to reduce energy
consumption and give remote control over house temperature from anywhere. Hub Control's thermostats
learns from user's setting of house temperature and start modifying the temperature accordingly. User can also
set a weekly or monthly budget and the Hub controller helps user manage it.
Quby [Amsterdam, 2004]: Quby has developed combined smart thermostat and energy display as the result of
hardware and user-friendly software. Quby products help reducing energy consumption and enable
temperature automation. Additionally company has also developed Joulo, USB stick for providing thermal
analysis of home.
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Bemo [Scottsdale, 2014]: Bemo offers hardware that replaces the users old thermostat and ac control device.
This new thermostat is then connected to the users old ios or android device and acts as the interface for the
users thermostat. It can reduce power usage, has voice control, can panic all the police and all connectivity
features such as wi-fi, cellular and text are available to developers. Currently supports U.S. operation only with
U.K. in the development. Future support for home security and home automation is in development
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Thermostats
Funding
Investors
Scypho [Stockholm, 2010]: Scypho has developed smart thermostat which work with the existing heating
system and bring efficiency to it. Device from the day of installation learns about the user behavior and then
schedules heating system to turn on/off accordingly. Indoor and outdoor sensor unit allow it to create a balance.
Processing takes place at cloud, data can be accessed using mobile app.
ICON Smartech [San Jose, 2014]: ICON Thermostat is an energy efficient device which can be installed in place
of current thermostat and offers the facility of family hub for climate control and calendar scheduling. It's
touchscreen display, motion sensor and built-in speaker facilitates easier and efficient control. The device can
be synced in to cell phone calendar, and can set off voice & screen alerts. It also has a cell phone enabled
control for air conditioning.
Allure Energy [Austin, 2009]: Allure Energy is a Texas based company that has developed a smart thermostat
equipped with their patented technology Eversense, which allows it to adapt to daily schedule of user and
maintain temperature of house accordingly. In addition device also lets user to stream music, get weather
updates and receive energy tips.
Linq [Provo, 2014]: Linq is a smart vent system mounted in each room and communicates via a hub with Linq's
thermostat or with the Nest thermostat through it's API. Features include independent per-room temperature
control and learning algorithm's that understand the user's usage patterns.
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Zen Thermostat [Boston, 2013]: The zen thermostat is an internet connected thermostat. It is designed to be
simple and can be controlled over the internet. It is designed to blend in well in any environment. The
smartphone app allows the user to issue commands via the internet allowing control from anywhere and at
anytime. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Zigbee compatibility. Apple Homekit and OpenHome integration is being
worked on with a release coming soon. Raised $65k against a target of $50k with more than 400 backers on
crowd-funding site Indiegogo.
Home Automation Thermostats
ArcticPod [Seoul, 2013]: The arcticpod device is designed to be an intelligent thermostat that automatically
adjusts the temperature in the room for improved comfort without the need for any user input. Using an IR
camera to detect the users skin temperature, and other sensors such as humidity and air quality to build a
complete profile that is fed into software to develop an energy-efficient AC control solution for the user. A
companion app will be available for the user to control the device and see a visualization of the collected data.
An API is being developed for other smart device integration.
Home Automation Thermostats
Climote [Louth, 2010]: Climote offers a solution for home heating control. Using the climote remote, the user
can set up to three zones for heating control or two zones and hot water control. The climote has an sms built in
allowing control via text, online using a computer or through a smartphone app for Android and iOS. The climote
is installed in place of the users time-clock heating dial. Installation, if required is done through authorized
personnel by climote. Climote allows control of the users home heating from anywhere and at anytime.
Home Automation Thermostats
Home Automation Window Shades
Funding
Investors
$88k
Estonian Business Angels Network,
Buildit, Cross Border Angels
iGrill (Product of iDevices, Inc.) [Canton, 2010]: iGrill is a Bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that pairs with
the iGrill app to allow you to monitor the food temperature from up to 200 feet away from an iPhone, iPod
Touch or iPad.
Jalousier [Tartu, 2014]: Flipflic has developed smart blind controllers for horizontal or vertical blinds where the
twist/rod/ tilting wand can be detached. Device is solar powered and is equipped with sensors thus
automatically adjusting to outside temperature and light. User can also set up the settings they prefer using the
mobile app and can control the blinds. Device is also claimed to be Zigbee enabled thus can be made part of
smart home network. As of early April 2016 Flipflic has raised $14K of a goal of $50K on Kickstarter with 40 days
to go. Company is a 2015 Highway1 graduate.
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My iBlinds [Dallas, ]: iBlinds has developed a connected motor to control blinds at home. The solution is z-wave
based thus enabling creation of scenes along with other Z-wave home automation devices, and can be
controlled via a companion app. The user can also schedule opening and closing time for the blinds as well.
Motor comes with rechargeable battery and can also be solar charged.
Somfy [Cluses, 1969]: Somfy is a developer of control systems, motors, and sensors to be installed in buildings
to control closures and blinds. Somfy's solutions are used in both residential and commercial buildings to
motorize blinds and shades, shutters, curtains, projection screens etc. All the motors come with a companion
remote to control them, the company has also developed Mylink technology to control blinds and shutters using
the smartphone. The device attaches to the motor and receives commands from users smartphone. Sensors for
outdoor weather provided by the company are wirelessly connected to the motor and adjust the blinds/shutters
according to presets decided by the user.
Neo Smart Blinds [Montreal, 2012]: Neo smart blinds are plugin blinds controllers for blind automation. User
can set the blinds open and close timings using their smart phone. Company claims that blinds can sense
sunlight and come down automatically.
Home Automation Window Shades
SerraLux [Los Gatos, 2011]: SerraLux offers an active "Daylighting" system that installs easily and harvests
daylight from the outside by redirecting it upward and deep into the interior of the room; providing illumination
which is then diffused downward for higher levels of natural, glare-free, full spectrum lighting. The device is
battery powered with solar charging. It is Bluetooth based allowing control through a companion iOS app. Based
on patented technology. Failed to raise it's Kickstarter goal of $100k.
Home Automation Window Shades
Tilt My Blinds [Provo, 2014]: Tilt My Blinds, allows users to close their blinds via a smartphone app, dedicated
wall switch, or using the device's light sensor. It works with most popular type of blinds and fits into any existing
blinds system. The device comes in two versions: One that uses a chargeable lithium battery, and another that
operates off a solar panel. It is controlled via Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android app and can be scheduled. It can
be automated using the light sensor based on external light. Raised more than $85k on a goal of $50k on
Kickstarter.
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Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
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Home Automation Window Shades
Home Automation Window Shades
Home Automation Window Shades
Details
Rise Home Automation [London, 2014]: Rise is a device that can automate control of a user's window shades
(roller type). The device is battery powered and charges through a built in solar charger. It is controlled via a
smartphone app (iOS and Android) through Bluetooth. It can also be scheduled based on day or date as well as
based on sunrise or sunset. Has raised nearly $10k on a goal of $1.24k on Indiegogo.
ShutterEaze [Los Angeles, 2014]: ShutterEaze is a retrofittable solution for automating existing interior
plantation shutters. The device is easy to install and is controlled and scheduled via the smartphone application
on the user's smartphone through Bluetooth (iOS and Android). A new version based on the Zigbee protocol will
allow integration with the user's existing home automation system. Has raised $21k on Kickstarter so far.
Jalousier [Varna, 2013]: Jalousier makes a small device that clips onto venetian blinds, automatically adjusting
the position of slats according to the lighting conditions, room temperature, changing weather, and time of day,
thus saving you time and money. It can also be used with a smart phone and synced with the alarm clock.
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Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
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SimpliSafe [Boston, 2006]: Provides Wireless Home Security system with cellular-alarm-transmitter notifier. The
Simplisafe uses the ReFLEX wireless network, the same Narrowband PCS network used by hospitals and
emergency services. SimpliSafe offers sensing devices and other components associated with protecting against
burglaries and other threats to the home, with a typical hardware package costing about $260.
$57M
Sequoia Capital
August [San Francisco, 2013]: August's flagship product, August Smart Lock is a safe, simple and social way to
manage home access. It is a lock and access system that allows home owners to grant access to trusted people
for specific periods of time.
$48M
Bessemer Venture Partners,
Qualcomm Ventures, Maveron,
SoftTech VC, SanDisk, Rothenberg
Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Comcast
Ventures, Quotidian Ventures,
Morado Ventures, Industry Ventures,
Second Century Ventures, Rho
Ventures, Winklevoss Capital, KDDI,
CAA Ventures, Singtel Innov8, Global
Brain, Dolby Family Ventures, Center
Electric, QueensBridge Venture
Partners
Korner [Seattle, 2013]: Korner provides a smart home security system that consists of a $100 dongle and a
smartphone app. By plugging in the dongle, Fab, to a router and sticking curved sensing tags in the corner of
doors and windows, users can be notified via a smartphone app if someone has entered their home. When the
tags sense movement, the system pings the dongle wirelessly and sets off a high-pitched alarm while also
sending a notification to the user’s smartphone app. He or she then has the option to call police, send the alert
to someone else, or disable the system completely. The company also envisions Korner evolving into an online
messaging service that helps neighbors keep in touch with each other. Raised $400k on Indiegogo with an initial
target of $150k.
$1.5M
Alliance of Angels, Tech Coast Angels
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Ajax Systems [New York City, 2011]: Ajax Systems has developed a range of connected products to secure and
protect home. Company's products include leak detector, fire detector, door motion detector, glass protector,
hub etc. Product detect any kind of movement or activity and relay it to the hub. User can add as many devices
to their and communicate with all of them through hub.
$1M
SMRK VC Fund
Elarm [Seattle, 2013]: Elarm is a provider of sensors and camera for home security and monitoing. Solution
consists of a vibration and sudden movements sensor, an environmental sensor, a wide lens HD camera and a
base station to transfer and receive data from cloud.
$825k
Qitio [Warsaw, 2009]: Qitio produces wireless alarm systems. The central hub for each alarm system is
connected to a server run on the cloud by Qitio via GPRS.The alarm system can be accessed via sms , web
interface or a smartphone
$500k
Home Security
Home Security
Home Security
Home Security
Tijee [Toronto, 2015]: Tijee Corporation is developing a cloud-based home security solution. Company claims to
be developing a home robot JeeJee, which will update and address any security concern while an user is away.
The company is based out of Washington and was founded in 2015. As of June 2016, the company is in stealth
mode.
zHome [Sunnyvale, 2015]: ZHome is developing smart solutions for protecting home. Company's solution
consist of a package which includes door/window sensor, motion sensor, IP camera and smart home hub.
Company claims that it is also including virtual voice assistant to the system. User can monitor and control all
the devices through the companion app.
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Morepork [Auckland, 2015]: Morepork is developer of connected home security kit. Kit consists of window and
door sensors which monitor whether window and door are shut or not. a image sensor, a video camera which
records a clip when a sensor is triggered and a central control panel to manage all the devices. User can also go
for a smoke alarm and motion sensor. Control panel needs Spark, a New Zealand based telecom operator,
coverage to be operational. User can go for a Self monitored or a Professionally monitored plan.
Funding
Investors
Wibelock [Zagreb, 2015]: Wibelock is developing a connected device consisting of accelerometer which when
attached to surface converts it into a advanced intrusion detection system. Wibelocks backend identifies
vibration patterns and accordingly notifies user and authorities about possible intrusion.
Home Security
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Abode Systems [Palo Alto, 2014]: Abode systems has developed smart home security devices to give user
control over their home security. Camera relays real time video and occupancy detector detects motion and
instructs camera to take picture and send to user. Door window sensor and gate locking solution is also
provided.
Home Security
Aware Systems [Reno, 2014]: Aware Systems offers a system that tracks any disturbance or movement of the
user's valuable's or firearms. The setup consists of a sensor that is attached to the firearm or the anything else
such as the medicine cabinet or liquor cabinet door and sends an alert if their is movement. This alert is sent to
the hub which sends it the companion app through an internet connection (wireless or wired). The hub has
battery and cellular data as a backup. The sensor is a movement alert system, (not a tracking system) in the
interest of user privacy. Product has not been launched as of December 2014.
Home Security
Form devices [Shenzhen, 2014]: Point is a minimalist device for home security. Point detects a variety of
parameters such as: sound & presence, air, temperature, humidity and tampering. Point can be configured to
give friendly reminders or sound a siren if any parameters monitored, deviate beyond a set value. It can also
alert the user through their smartphone. Part of the Haxlr8r program for 2014. Has raised more than $238k on a
goal of $50k on Kickstarter.
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Umbrella Protection [Delhi, 2014]: Umbrella Protection's product Lumiere is a home security system. For the
same they provide hardware sensor system for various activity monitoring such as door sensor, motion sensor,
camera etc. Along with these products Umbrella Protection provides cloud service for anywhere access. Their
systems provide exact real-time information and live streams of houses/offices. Provides smart phone
application for monitoring on the go.
Locumi Labs [Munich, 2014]: Locumi Labs has developed a connected solution Nello, that buzzes people into
building without requiring keys and allows smartphone control of the intercom system. Device is integrated with
home unit of intercom which lets people in the building when it senses their smartphone near the building gate
using the GPS. User can also give access to guests for a particular time frame to open the gate automatically for
Home Security - Building them. Company has developed solution for both dialer intercom and standard intercom systems. Product
Intercom
managed to raise over 100K Euros in a crowdfunding campaign on kickstarter.
Home Security Occupancy Detection
Home Security Occupancy Detection
Home Security Occupancy Detection
Funding
Investors
$60K
URBAN-X
Cocoon [Leeds, 2014]: Cocoon claims to listen to infrasonic sound waves,sound below 20Hz, which is
undetectable to the human ear, combined with machine learning, the device claims to be able to monitor an
$4.41M
entire home, including detecting intruders through closed doors and in rooms in the home other than the one
where the Cocoon is situated. In December, 2014 Cocoon raised $232K through its Indiegogo campaign.
Indiegogo, Aviva, Breed Reply
Scout [Chicago, 2012]: Completely removable wireless security systems with sensors to track door/window
open-closes. Sends alerts over Wifi and 3G. Raised $400K in pre-orders. Scout alarm is one of the first $1.82M
company's to use Amazon's IoT cloud at its backend.
Plug and Play Tech Center
Aerial.ai [Montreal, 2015]: Aerial is developing a plugin device that will monitor activity and occupany in a
closed space. Company's device will plug into socket to detects wifi ripples around it to detect activity and alert
user. Device will be able to recognize unique wifi finger print of a person and use these wifi signatures for
activity recognition and thus setting up more complex triggers. As od June 2016 device is available for pre order
$99.
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$500K
TandemLaunch
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BuddyGuard [Berlin, 2014]: Buddyguard is a smart device equipped with a camera and sensors to detect
occupancy and intrusion. When the user is home device shuts itself down and when user is away it activates and
discourage intrusion by playing sounds. User can tap into live feed remotely. Comes with an optional 3G sim add
on to continue working even in case of outage.
Angee [Prague, 2014]: Angee is a smart portable device that provides live video feed of home to user. Angee
device using its 360 degree rotation can monitor the entire house or as defined by user and alerts user in case of
trespassing. Angie also comes with sensors that attach to doors and provide perimeter security. Arming and
disarming the security system depending users occupancy of house. As of September 2015 Angee raised $140K
with 50 days to go for its campaign on kickstarter. Angee will be available starting in October 2016.
Plug and Play Tech Center
comfylight [Zurich, 2015]: Comfy is a spinoff of University of St Gallen and ETH Zurich and is developing a
security focussed smart bulb capable of detecting presence in the room and switching on and off in accordance.
It can also detect intruders and warn neighbors and user about it.
Startupbootcamp
Ring Labs [Santa Monica, 2012]: Ring provides a video doorbell that allows the user to answer the door at any
time. Pairs with users smartphone via WiFi. Motion sensors allow better security with optional cloud recording
available. The user is able to answer the visitor without opening the door, helping improve security and avoids $94.7M
common problems like being unable to hear the door bell. Also offers Ring Chime, a WiFi speaker (currently
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costs $19.95).
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First Round Capital, Upfront Ventures,
Charles River Ventures, KPCB, True
Ventures, J F Shea Company,
American Family Ventures,
QueensBridge Venture Partners, Sky
Dayton, VTF Capital
Home Automation
Home Security
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iControl [Redwood City, 2003]: iControl offers connected home management software solutions that enable
service providers and home security companies to deliver low-cost, high value interactive services to their
customers that drive customer acquisition, retention and satisfaction. iControl deployment solutions leverage IP,
broadband and cellular connectivity to enable a range of highly desirable next generation home protection and
management services. iControl software platforms power smart home offerings through brands such as $93.5M
Comcast XFINITY Home, Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome, ADT Pulse, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring and
others. These Connected Home Management solutions allow users to create a personalized digital home
Home Security - Video experience that includes home automation, interactive home security, energy management and home
Monitoring & Alerts healthcare.
Investors
ADT Security Services, Cisco, Charles
River Ventures, KPCB, GE, Intel
Capital, Comcast Ventures, Dawn
Capital, Rogers Communications,
Tyco, Silicom Ventures, Cisco
Investments
Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture
Dropcam [San Francisco, 2009]: Dropcam offers a video monitoring technology product that enables users to
Partners, KPCB, Felicis Ventures,
monitor their homes, baby, pets or office spaces. The product enables users to record their video monitoring
$47.8M Institutional Venture Partners, Menlo
through cloud recording service to save upto 720 hours of continuous video. Users can plug the cam and
Ventures, Kapor Capital, Bay Partners,
Home Security - Video connect it to Wi-Fi and use their smartphone/tablet to monitor.
Pinnacle Ventures
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Khosla Ventures, Western Technology
Canary [New York City, 2012]: Canary makes smart security devices that have HD video camera and safety
Investment, Two Sigma Ventures,
sensors to track everything from motion, temperature and air quality to vibration, sound, and activity and can
$41.2M Flextronics, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures,
be controlled using a smartphone. Successfully raised $1.96M from crowdfunding platform Indiegogo from
Cota Capital, MetaProp NYC, Walden
Home Security - Video around 7500 backers.
Riverwood Ventures
Monitoring & Alerts
Withings [Moulineaux, 2008]: Withings provides solutions for health monitoring, sleep monitoring, activity
monitoring and home environment monitoring. Withings provides computing and storage resources for app
building. Its product, Wifi BodyScale can measure both weight and fat mass and upload the data to the cloud
$33.83M
over wi-fi. Withings home is a video monitoring and security. Withings Thermo, a WiFi connected thermometer,
Home Security - Video measures temperature from the temporal artery on the die of the head. The company plans to launch the
Monitoring & Alerts device for $99.95. The connected app will be available for iOS and Android devices.
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Idinvest Partners, Ventech
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Blink [Boston, 2014]: Blink, a Immedia semiconductor subsidiary has developed smart low power motion
sensing cameras for home/office usage. Blink remains in dormant mode when there is no motion and
instantaneously starts recording only when it detects motion leading to extended battery life. Immedia has put $21.96M
Home Security - Video in there high quality video processing chips which eliminated use of DRAM memory. In addition Blink also has
Monitoring & Alerts temperature and night vision. Blink raised over $1M on Kickstarter of a $200K goal in 2014.
Avaak [San Diego, 2004]: Avaak developed Vuezone line of home video monitoring cameras, one of the first
developers of completely wireless cameras, video from which can be accessed anywhere. Company was
Home Security - Video acquired by Netgear in 2012.
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Silk Labs [San Mateo, 2015]: Silklabs, a company co founded by ex Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal has developed
Sense, a smart home device which learns about user preference and automates home functions like
temperature setup, lighting etc. Device learns individual user behavior pattern by facial recognition through the
inbuilt camera, patterns are learnt through the companion app. Device alerts user when someone familiar
enters home using it face recognition feature. It also alerts user of odd sounds and motions. Company has
developed Silk, a connected device platform that utilizes local processing and deep learning to make devices
Home Security - Video more responsive. The platform is open for developers. Sense managed to raise over $160K on Kickstarter in
Monitoring & Alerts March 2016.
Baker Capital, Dot Capital
$17M
Qualcomm Ventures, Trinity Ventures,
InterWest Partners, Leapfrog
Ventures
$2.5M
500 Startups, Harrison Metal,
Doublerock, Sparkland Capital
Keecker [Paris, 2012]: Keecker is a portable and mobile entertainment device. Keecker consists of an inbuilt
projector, surround sound and multiple sensors built into a mobile chassis than can be controlled by a user's
android smartphone. Any music, video or game app on android can be played through the device. Pictures and
$1.15M
artwork can be projected onto the wall to create scenic views at home. It can also be used to monitor the users
Home Security - Video home remotely. Sensors include temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide. Crowd funding campaign on
Monitoring & Alerts Kickstarter expected on October 14th.
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Plug and Play Tech Center, Kima
Ventures, Elephants
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Camiolog [San Francisco, 2013]: Camiolog offers a smartphone application and cloud service to monitor and
stay connected to any thing at home. They do not provide a video camera, instead the user can use any camera
and download the Camiolog application and just start using it. The cameras upload video to CamioCam
whenever there is motion and proprietary algorithms analyze the motion to figure out whether the motion
should be marked — basically aiming to cut down hours and hours of video into small alerts. Users will get
instant alerts on their phone or email, along with snippets of the concerning video so they don’t have to go
through hours of video. Users can also search or filter through the most important events. The company is
founded by ex-Googler Carter Maslan who was director of product management for local Search, Maps and
Home Security - Video Earth. CamioCam has raised over $1 million in funding from Freestyle, Marissa Mayer, Greylock, Floodgate, Ellen
Monitoring & Alerts Levy, John Hanke and Box Group.
$1M
Greylock Partners, Floodgate, Studio
Freestyle TV
Branto [Dover, 2010]: Branto is a home monitoring system which requires minimal installation. It acts as a
security and video-call camera (night vision and 360’ rotation) also has a microphone, cellular connection and
self powered; a universal remote for the user's TV, air conditioner, and other smart appliances; and also
Home Security - Video supports online radio and music streaming. Will be heading for a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign soon.
Monitoring & Alerts Techcrunch hardware battlefield 2015 participant.
$800k
Kiwatch [Nantes, 2011]: Kiwatch offers has developed video monitoring solutions for home or Small business
surveillance. A live feed from the camera is available at the user phone, tablet or laptop to view. Kiwatch
camera are night vision enabled and starts video recording only on detecting motion. User can preset the areas
Home Security - Video for which they want alerts.Company gives upto 24 hours of cloud video storage. User can either give one time
Monitoring & Alerts cost to buy camera or can get into a subscription plan.
$600k
Fair West
Blacksumac [Ottawa, 2012]: Blacksumac is the creator of Piper, the security and monitoring solution for small
living spaces, businesses, and vacation properties. Founded in 2012, Blacksumac is an Ottawa startup engaged
in engineering design and technology development. Their product made debut on Indigogo, a crowdfunding
website where it received huge success and raised a sum total of $310k from more than 1300 backers. The
Home Security - Video device is capable of detecting motion, sound, changes in light etc. Also provide smartphone app for monitoring
Monitoring & Alerts on the go. Blacksumac was acquired by iControl in April 2014.
$310k
Capital Angels
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Sentri [San Francisco, 2014]: Sentri is an all-in-one home security and automation device. It checks the user's
home status and notifies them if something is wrong and provides solutions to the situation. For security and
home monitoring it has features like, an HD Camera, night vision, microphone, speaker, motion detector and an
Accelerator. For sensing it has a thermometer, humidity, light and an air quality sensor. Sentri also learns the
Home Security - Video user's habits in attempt to reduce false alarms. Raised more than $390k on a goal of $200k on Kickstarter with
Monitoring & Alerts more than 1,200 backers. Supports iOS and Android and has an open API.
$125k
SkyBell Technologies [Orange County, 2013]: SkyBell is a smart, Wi-Fi enabled doorbell with a camera and
motion sensor that allows the user to answer their door via smartphone. When a visitor presses the button,
SkyBell alerts the user, and allows them see, hear and speak to the person via smartphone. Support iOS and
Home Security - Video Android devices. Raised more than $583k on a goal of $100k on Indiegogo with more than 4,000 funders. Works
Monitoring & Alerts with nest and Apple Homekit.
$100k
Investors
Gardio [Sollentuna, ]: Gardio has developed connected cameras for home monitoring. User can tap into live
feed generated by the camera remotely using their smartphone app. Cameras are also equipped with motion
detection sensors and fire sensors. Company has tied up Nokas alarm center for alarm monitoring and to
Home Security - Video provide alarm and clock operators and security guards. Company provides its solution on one-time purchase or
Monitoring & Alerts subscription basis.
Alfven & Didrikson, Almi
Eques [Shanghai, 2011]: Eques offers DIY SmartHome security hardware and software solutions. Its SmartHome
security products include digital door viewer, smart peephole viewer, Wi-Fi door viewer, alarm systems, Wi-Fi IP
camera, etc., all developed with independent intellectual property rights. The company has received strategic
Home Security - Video investment from Qualcomm.
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Qualcomm Ventures, Atom Ventures
Alphanzo [Delhi, 2013]: Home automation products. Products include lighting, electrical outlets, smart gateway,
controllers, security kits and sensors. Users need to download the free app, connect hub/devices to internet
router and then add devices. Devices can be controlled via app. Support for customers can be by phone, chat,
Home Security - Video email, setting up a repair, or making a tech expert appointment. Claims to offer features like 48 hours fast repair
Monitoring & Alerts service, 7 day free replacement guarantee, free demo,etc. App not yet launched as of Feb 2016.
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i-Nola [Noida, 2016]: Smart doorbell comes with integrated HD camera, speaker, mic & motion detector.
Notifies when someone is on door and allows to see and speak through app. Claims that its mounting bracket
can be screwed into door frame over existing doorbell & powered through existing doorbell wiring. Connects
Home Security - Video with home wifi or integrated SIM module. Claims that i-Nola will continue to function without any issues in case
Monitoring & Alerts of power outage, will process images and deliver notifications as soon as connection returns.
KIBBI [Kingston, 2013]: Kibbi is a smart home security system that has a main device and attachable sensors.
Main device has a HD camera which can record and stream live video footage. Attachable sensors can be
attached to doors and windows to monitor opening and closing activity. Kibbi's system can detect vibrations and
has a night vision feature. Kibbi can connect with existing smart devices and works with IFTTT(If This Then That)
which allows user to control or customize these devices. It has an inbuilt wireless speaker. Kibbi sends alert
Home Security - Video messages directly to user's phone. This system can be easily installed and removed. Raised $56,804 through
Monitoring & Alerts their campaign on kickstarter.
Mercia Fund Management
NitroCam [San Jose, 2014]: Nitrocam is developing software defined cameras with remote accessibility to
enable better security at residential and commercial settlements. Cameras will record and relay recordings to
cloud where they will be stored and analyzed, customer will be updated as soon as anything happens through
Home Security - Video their phones.
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Alchemist Accelerator
Orbii [Dallas, 2015]: Orbii, previously SensorSphere, is a Wi-Fi connected robotic ball with HD camera and an
array of sensors enabling remote house monitoring. sensorsphere is capable of streaming HD Video, audio,
humidity, temperature and gas readings on a paired smart phone. User can also move the device to different
Home Security - Video locations to monitor which device does by shifting center of gravity. SensorSphere is reportedly planning to
Monitoring & Alerts begin taking pre-orders via Indiegogo.com in first quarter of 2016.
Tech Wildcatters
ADT Security Services [Boca Raton, 1874]: ADT develops security solutions for home and business that can be
monitored and controlled using smartphone. The solution involves installing sensors and monitors on windows
and doors, garage doors etc in the house. The app also provides remote monitoring of smoke and heat in the
house which can be used to avert any untoward instance. The solution also has an air quality sensor to detect
Home Security - Video harmful gases, give entry permission to known people, vendors etc. The product works with Nest and hence
Monitoring & Alerts provides climate control, control of lighting in the house.
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Oco [Wilmington, 2014]: Oco is a smart Wi-Fi enabled camera for monitoring home remotely. User can tap into
live streaming through their smart phone. Additionally it notifies about any motion or sound triggers decided by
user and records 10 second clips of any event. Also has night vision and push to talk feature. Oco is available for
Home Security - Video purchase on its website for 159 Euros.
Monitoring & Alerts
VueZone [San Jose, ]: Vuezone is a remote video monitoring system developed by Netgear. Solution consists of
cameras which transmit video to a VueZone base station connected to users internet router. From here the
video can be accessed remotely using smart phone or computer. Company offers three type of service plans for
Home Security - Video accessing videos remotely. Netgear formed this company after acquiring Avaak.
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CleverLoop [Beijing, 2014]: CleverLoop helps the users by providing home security technology solution. It claims
to be easy to use from mobile devices, and aims to take care of the users privacy and budget into account. It
also has a vision technology which aims to go beyond simple motion detection and reducing false alarms. IT also
Home Security - Video has an app which keeps the user connected, making sure the user can quickly check on what's happening at
Monitoring & Alerts home, holiday house or office. Claims to have raised about $60k from Indiegogo campaign.
Remocam [Livermore, 2015]: Remocam is a smart home security camera with the ability to share live video
feed with user. Remocam comes equipped with illumination sensor for better recording at night and an infrared
receiver to communicate with other infrared appliances at home thus giving control over them. Sends a push
Home Security - Video notification when motion sensor detects motion and videos can be archived in cloud to view later. Company
Monitoring & Alerts failed to reach its funding goal on Indiegogo.
Attikis [Brisbane, 2010]: Attikis is a cloud based Security Alarm Monitoring service. Attikis provides text-tospeech Phone, SMS and E-mail alerts when an intrusion or emergency is detected by a Security Alarm and Web
Home Security - Video and Mobile Apps to check on the home.
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Jisiwei [Shenzhen, 2013]: Robotic vaccumm cleaner with a camera, feed from the camera can be accessed
remotely facilitating pet care, elderly care and theft protection. Occupancy detector alerts in case of intrusion.
Home Security - Video As of Oct15 has raised $32K of a $20K target on Kickstarter.
Monitoring & Alerts
Building10 Technology [Austin, 2014]: Peeple is a smart camera for front door which takes pictures whenever
someone knocks on door and send its to user smartphone. Highway1 alumni. Raised $90K on kickstarter in June
Home Security - Video 2015.
Monitoring & Alerts
Arlo [San Jose, 2014]: Arlo by Netgear are weather proof smart cameras which can be deployed anywhere in
house for continuous monitoring and security. Feed from camera is available in user's smart phone. In addition
Home Security - Video camera also provides motion alert.
Monitoring & Alerts
Amaryllo BV [Amsterdam, 2012]: Amaryllo International produces Skype Security Systems products that include
iCam HD, iDoor HD, iSensor HD, iBabi HD, etc. Amaryllo designs, manufactures, and markets wireless security
products based on Skype’s 256-bit encryption and P2P technologies. Amaryllo has filed over 10 patents over the
Home Security - Video last 12 months.Their devices use patent pending machine vision algorithms to track intruders. User's can view
Monitoring & Alerts live feed on their smart devices. Has raised more than $183k on a goal of $1k on Indiegogo.
Building 10 [Austin, 2014]: Building10 is developing Peeple, a compact and easy-to-use caller ID for the front
door. Peep consists of a small camera that attaches to existing peepholes and easily connects to home Wi-Fi to
identify, inform, and alert users of any outside presence. Highway1 alumni. Will be launching a crowdfunding
Home Security - Video campaign in Spring of 2015.
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Kuna [Burlingame, 2012]: Kuna offers a smart camera and light for entrances. It pairs wirelessly with the user's
phone through the internet and alerts them when someone is at the door. It can recognize the different
movement using it's motion detector. It also has a siren and microphone for the user to speak through. The
Home Security - Video smart light that can be scheduled via the application Has currently raised $150k on a goal of $50k on Indiegogo .
Monitoring & Alerts Supports iOS, with support for Android coming soon
QL London [Kingston, 2013]: QL London has developed a location tracking wristwatch Wootch for kids. It has
also developed a product KeyFob which can be attached to bags, keys or phone which can be used for tracking
the item. Both the products use Bluetooth for communication and connects to the phone using QL-Find app. It
Home Security - Video launched a crowdfunding campaign for Kibibi, a home security hub on Indiegogo in November 2014.
Monitoring & Alerts
Homeboy [Austin, 2010]: Homeboy is a home security system. It consists of a motion detecting camera that is
magnetically mounted and can be pivoted in any direction, it connects via Wi-Fi to the user's network. It is
configured by its companion smartphone app (iOS or Android) and will automatically detect and alert the user
or their selected friends of any motion once they leave the home. It also supports IFTTT for custom actions such
Home Security - Video as switching on the home lighting system if an intruder is detected. Ships November 1 with an introductory price
Monitoring & Alerts of $149.99.
Novi Security [Orem, 2013]: Novi is a security device targeted towards renters and home owners. It consists of
a wireless sensor with smoke detector and motion sensors as well as a base station that relays data wirelessly to
the users smartphone companion app. When a sensor detects either smoke or motion, it takes a series of
pictures and sends those pictures to the user's smartphone. The user can either call the police or ignore the
Home Security - Video alert if it's a false alarm. The user can also choose to add more sensor's as they require. Raised $175k on a
Monitoring & Alerts Kickstarter on a goal of $80k.
Hubble [Victoria, 2013]: Hubble offers home monitoring solutions. They offer licensed Motorola camera's with
their own proprietary software targeted at baby, pet or security monitoring solutions. Using either cloud feeds
or peer to peer networks, the Hubble solution sends a constantly available video feed to the user. The camera's
Home Security - Video have other features such as motion detection, temperature sensors and two way talk. Optional cloud storage of
Monitoring & Alerts feed is also available.
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Butterfleye [San Francisco, 2013]: Butterflyeye offers a connected camera for home use which allows real time
surveillance even when the user is not at home. The camera itself takes 1920 x 1080 resolution video using a
wide-angle 3 MP lens. For the same it offers a smartphone application to monitor house on the go. It is
connected via WiFi and Bluetooth. The hardware and software are designed to maximize the battery life. The
Home Security - Video device is available on pre order on their website. Founder is an ex- Texas Instruments and Intel employee.
Monitoring & Alerts Butterfleye managed to raise over $600K on Indiegogo.
Sen.se [Paris, 2009]: Runs a cloud-based platform, Senseboard that makes sense of gathered data and
Open.sen.se helps developers create apps using this data. Also designs devices (sensors and a mother hub) to
Home Security - Video collect real-life data easily Best of CES 2014 award.
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iSmart Alarm [Sunnyvale, 2011]: The iSmartAlarm allows the iPhone to enhance the modern-day home security
experience. The alarm system, provides video and picture alert technology and notifications. An alert message
will also be sent to your family (or whomever you want to receive notification) through the Cloud technology.
Home Security - Video Monitor your home's windows and doors, CO and smoke detectors, identify intruders instantly and turn your
Monitoring & Alerts lights on and off with your iPhone.
IOTEO [Ghent, 2013]: Ioteo provides a cloud based video monitoring solution with its ioteoCam IP Surveillance
camera. Users can view live streaming or stored videos from a smartphone or tablet from anywhere, anytime.
Stores the videos for 30 days on its ioteoCloud and sends instant notifications when important events need the
Home Security - Video user's attention. Has a built-in microphone that allows the user to remotely hear from the room and a "share"
Monitoring & Alerts feature that allows the user to share with or remove the access of someone.
Chui [Dallas, 2013]: Chui, a product of 214 Technologies, is a smart doorbell that can recognize visitors and then
engage in specified actions based on presets an owner creates for targeted groups or individuals. Through its
facial recognition technology, Chui can deliver real time notifications of a visitor’s image, name and timestamp.
Users can also unlock a customized home and turn on devices to the preferred settings of specified users. Other
features include unlocking a door for expected guests and enabling messages for a delivery person while a Chui
Home Security - Video owner is out. Chui can also recognize frequent visitors and engage in specified actions preset by an owner.
Monitoring & Alerts Raised $65k through crowdfunding on a goal of $30k.
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$10M
e.ventures, Target Global, Target
Global
HomeMonitor [ , 2012]: HomeMonitor offers a Cloud enabled camera for home security monitoring. The device
is connected to the cloud via WiFi and has a feature of Infra Red visibility where it can video monitor till 15m in
pitch black darkness. The device is also able to detect any kind of motion using its motion sensors. Part of Y-Cam
Home Security - Video solutions.
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Smartfrog Limited [Dublin, 2014]: Smartfrog has developed a smart connected camera for home video
monitoring. Once the app is installed and camera is placed for monitoring. Video feed is sent over to Smartfrog
cloud, from where user can access it remotely. User is also notified about any movement using data from
Home Security - Video camera's motion sensor. User can opt in to either for a monthly subscription which includes camera and cloud
Monitoring&Alerts -App storage for last 24hrs of video or can pay one time amount to get camera and video storage for last 4hrs.
Alfred [Taipei, 2014]: Alfred has developed a smartphone app that when installed into a mobile phone turn into
home video monitoring camera. User has to login in both the phones using the same gmail account to set up the
app. App can be installed on more than one phones to set up entire home monitoring. User is notified whenever
Home Security - Video camera picks up any motion. App is available for both android and iOS phones.
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SmartAll [San Francisco, 2015]: Smartall is developing a atpp hat will work with different smart home devices
and enable automatic adjustment of them without requiring user to take action. Smartall claims to be using
Home Security - Video machine learning to understand pattern and then use that intelligence to control devices.
Monitoring&Alerts -App
Rico [Kochi, 2014]: Rico is a smarthome security device that uses a spare smartphone as its brain and eyes.
Users have to install the Rico app on the spare phone and insert it inside the Rico device. Has sensors to monitor
activity, noise levels, air quality, temperature and humidity. Offers real-time alerts and live monitoring using the
Rico app on the user's phone. Also provides smart-sockets that link Rico to other devices plugged in, and enables
control using the app. Planning to launch in Nov 2015 for both iOS and Android. Product by Mindhelix,
Home Security - Video incubated at Alchemist Accelerator and Startup Village, Cochin. Raised more than $119k on Kickstarter on a goal
Monitoring&Alerts -App of $100k.
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The Thing System [Sacramento, 2013]: The Thing System is an open source software hub for controlling all
home automation device via a central service called steward. The steward system runs on the home network
and automatically detects and configures devices as they connect. It acts as a bridge and controls all devices
Home Security - Video automatically and co-ordinates data between them to perform smart actions based on user habits and needs.
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TCV, Egis Captial Partners, ABS Capital
Partners
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Alarm [Washington D.C., 2000]: Alarm.com makes connected security and smart home systems that use
cellular networks and mobile apps to enable customers to manage their homes. The security system has
connected video cameras, and door, window and cabinet sensors, while the home management system has
connected thermostats and controllable lighting. Company has tied up with security professional services for
quick response in case of emergency.
$100M
Summit Partners, Bank of America,
Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo,
Zions Bank, Peterson Partners,
Regiment Capital Advisors, Madison
Capital, Peterson Partners, Solamere
Capital, Bregal Sagemount
Smart Home Suite
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Vivint [Provo, 1999]: Vivint is a technology company developing home automation systems, where every piece
of technology works together intelligently to enhance safety and convenience, and increase energy efficiency.
The Vivint Go! control panel, the base through which all of their other products communicate creates a
streamlined network. It connects all of the home’s smart systems such as security, HVAC, lighting, small
appliances, video and others. It was purchased by BlackStone in Nov 2013 for $2B.
Netatmo [Paris, 2011]: Netatmo is a France based company manufacturing smart home products. Currently
they have launched 4 products in market. Welcome, a camera based detector of familiar and unfamiliar faces at
$37.8M
home. Weather station to update user about weather stats in home, a thermostat and a wearable called June to
keep user updated about their sun exposure.
Iris Capital, Bpifrance, Legrand, C4
Ventures
Smart Home Suite
iDevices [Avon, 2010]: iDevices specializes in developing devices that connect wirelessly to smart phones,
tablets and computers by leveraging Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. In addition to a custom module and
Connecticut Innovations, Stonehenge
software stack for the Broadcom Bluetooth Smart chip, the company offers a number of smart products
$19.95M Capital, Allegion, Stonehenge Growth
including the iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer, which can be used to monitor the temperature of what users are
Capital
cooking using the free iDevices Connected app. Sells iBeacon hardware and Bluetooth modules. Also offers an
SDK and other services for easy integration and development of Apple Homekit compatible products.
Smart Home Suite
LifeSmart [Hangzhou, 2014]: Lifesmart primarily engages in developing smart home devices. Its products
include cameras, motion sensors, LED light bulbs, magic light strips and open/close sensors. The company’s
smart gadgets center around LifeSmart Station, a wireless hub which connects LifeSmart products as well as
user’s other electronic devices. Users can then control their devices through an accompanying app. It is also
seeking growth from business clients such as real estate developers and telecom carriers
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$9.4M
SAIF Partners China, Haier, Foxconn
Electronics, Tisiwi Ventures
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WigWag [Austin, 2012]: Helps build intelligent environments anywhere with Internet-connected sensors and
devices by letting you graphically write rules on conditional behaviour. Open platform, hence connects with
$3.86M
devices with QR/NFC and internet channels. Also provides a developer kit for makers. Raised 9 times its $50K
goal on Kickstarter.
cscventurecapital.com
Genesis Park
Smart Home Suite
ipDatatel [Sugar Land, 2007]: IpDatatel is a developer of internet ready home area network (HAN) wireless
devices for security, home automation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries. The
devices connect existing and new manufacturers’ alarm system controls to the Internet and HAN connections, $2.85M
turning smartphones and wireless-based devices into multi-functional, portable controls. Raised $2.85M in 2013
from Genesis Park and Tchoupitoulas Partners.
Smart Home Suite
Wattio [ , 2012]: Wattio has develop three solutions to take care of comfort, energy usage and home security.
Company's thermostat lets user to control room heating remotely it also learns users heating behavior. Smart
plug and a bat that goes into electrical panel enable energy usage monitoring and control. Home security $2.21M
solution detects movement and alerts user. Successfully raised around $113k through crowdfunding platform
Indigogo from more than 360 backers.
Smart Home Suite
Phantom [Beijing, 2013]: Phantom Smart is an R & D design service provider of smart household products. Its
flagship product is the Phantom Smart Maiden Voyage Set, which includes two smart lights (Nova), a wireless
switch (Stick N press), an environmental control (EcoTower) and a gateway (TelePort). This series of products
are the intelligent terminal products. All products are based on autonomic 2.4G network, fully realizing the
functions including wireless communication, using upon purchasing, configuring via mobile etc.
Smart Home Suite
Silvan Innovation Labs [Bangalore, 2008]: Developer of home security and automation products. Home
automation solutions, hotel room automation solutions along with custom product development to meet safety,
security, and task automation needs. Has developed a mobile jukebox system to download content (music and
$1.42M
video) onto handheld players and a low-power camera for embeddeding in expensive equipment. Clients
include Lodha, Total Environment, Tata Housing, Texas Instruments among others. Raised $520k from Chennai
Angels in Jan 2016. Raised $900k from Infuse Ventures in Jun 2016.
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$1.5M
Matrix Partners
Infuse Ventures, The Chennai Angels
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idomotics [London, ]: Idomotics is a French company that develops and design home automation software and
hardware respectively. Idomotics offers different kits containing combinations of light controllers, sensors,
thermostats, RGB and blind controllers. Idomotics also offers the possibility of managing devices through voice
making them accessible for disabled people.
$585k
Cielo WiGle [Redmond, 2014]: Cielo Wigle has developed an array of home automation products like smart
thermostat, smart light adapter, smart socket and switch as a solution for different home automation
functionalities. Uses existing wifi network, hub not required. All the products are capable of measuring usage.
Team has filed for 4 patents.
$500k
Rockheine [Santiago, 2014]: Rockheine seems to be developing complete home automation solutions. The
company claims to be developing two line of products by the name Pocket and Prime. Products are claimed to
be voice and smart watch controlled. Rockheine was part of Startup Chile 13th generation.
$40k
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Salusfin [Espoo, 2013]: Salusfin is a provider of a complete home automation solution. Solution consists of
Video Cameras, Motion Sensors, Door and Window Sensors, Smart Sockets etc and a smartphone app to control
all these solutions. The company has also developed a wireless Andon solution to notify management,
maintenance, and other workers of a quality or process problemCompany is started by ex-Nokia employees in
Finland and sales team is spread across three continents i.e. America, Europe and Asia.
Smart Home Suite
eQ-3 [Leer, 2007]: eQ-3 group was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from the ELV Elektronik. eQ-3 offers smart
home system HomeMatic and Max to control various functions in a house or flat. Companies like RWE, EWE,
Mobilcom and Telekom use eQ-3 technologies for their products. Their products include eQiva range of
thermostats for controlling room temperature. They have development offices in Germany and 100% groupowned factory in Zhuhai, China.
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Thinqbot [Bangalore, 2013]: Plans to offer a plug and play infrastructure to convert any home into a smart
home. Features include remote monitoring, remote control and automation of appliances. Currently in stealth
mode. Portfolio of Excubator
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Digilux [Bangalore, 2014]: Digilux series by Dimension Digital Controlls is end to end solutions for home
automation. Products include touch switch controls, fascia, network controllers, remote controllers, gateway,
sensor nodes, smart app, controllers - IR blaster, IR controller, RGB controller, etc. Solutions include timed
control, daylight harvesting, scenario control, mobile control. App allows users to control devices remotely.
Smart Home Suite
Dice Automations [Bangalore, 2016]: Voice based home automation systems. Three products enable this :
Sense - monitors everything that makes the ambience, Act - wifi connector for appliances to make them smart
and Connect - controls home just by using voice commands, it smartly connects to a number of services from
the web. Connect is supposed to know moods like happy, angry or sad, whether in hurry or just checking out
and performs accordingly. Cloud based engine provides automated triggers, safety checks, emergency alerts,
etc. Claims to start shipping from 1 April 2016 as of Jan 2016.
Smart Home Suite
Rolling Dice [Pune, 2015]: DEFT from ROLLINGDICE provides home automation solutions. Designed with MaserSlave architecture, Slaves in each room connect with the home appliances via ZigBee protocol, Master connects
with Slaves through wireless protocol and with router through WiFi. DEFT can regulate home appliances with its
in built temperature, motion and light sensors. Features include voice controls, sensor control, appliance
control, surveillance, energy monitor, scheduler, retrofit, curtains controller. Claims to use current splicing
method to achieve light dimming to achieve energy saving. Also claims to inform about malfunctioning &
irregularity of appliances.
Smart Home Suite
Peq [Kansas City, 2013]: Peq is developer of a range of smart home automation products like video camera,
thermostat, occupancy sensors etc. to bring home devices online. Company's offers it products in three different
kits with price varying on basis of no. of devices in the kit. Peq system also supports other home automation
devices like Nest, Philips Hue etc. Company also provides platform as a service to enable customers to build
smart home solutions.
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Aeon Labs [El Cerrito, 2006]: Aeon Labs is developer of Aeotec range of home automation products. Company
uses Z wave as the protocol of communication in its products thus enabling a higher level of intercommunication
among its products. Company's product include door/window sensor, energy meter, LED bulb, dimmers etc. For
device management company has developed Z-stick which when plugged into a computer enables user to
manage their devices from a single point.
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SmartHome Ventures [Kansas City, 2013]: SmartHome Ventures has developed Peq, a complete smart home
automation solution. Peq comes with a range of devices like door sensor, water sensor, security camera,
thermostat etc. Company sells Peq solution in different kit varying on the number of devices and is available at
Bestbuy, Amazon etc. SmartHome Ventures is backed by Openaneir Equity Partners.
BPL iQ [Bangalore, 1963]: BPL IQ part of BPL India is developer of a range of solutions for automating different
home operations. Company has used Zigbee protocol for device to device communication and wifi for
communication between controller and smart phone. Device developed by company are touch dimmer, IR
blaster, LPG leak sensor, flow controller, hydro sensor etc. All the devices run on BPL IQ's indigenously
developed softwares.
microBees [London, 2015]: Microbees has developed a home automation solution that consists of three
components - Gatebee, the central component that communicates with other devices and the company server,
Wirebee, a electrical wire extension for constantly measuring power usage and Sensebee, thermostat for
managing the heating system.
Dobu Home Automation [ , 2013]: Dobu, a part of Ametros Solutions is a provider of different home
automation solutions. Company's solution consist of intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance system, it is
equipped with a fire detector. Solution also features smart learning behavior which finds efficient energy usage
patterns and learns user preference regarding lighting and temperature. Company offers products for domestic
and enterprise user and additionally also provides accessories.
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inHome [San Francisco, 2014]: Inhome is in the process of developing hardware - sensors, that facilitate home
automation. The system is modular and consists of a hub kit combined with 5 modular kits for lighting, indoor
climate, water leak detection, home security and smart meters. The sensors and end devices together enable
flexibility in establishing a smart home network.
Internet Initiatives Development Fund
Qolsys [San Jose, 2010]: Qolsys has developed a home device management panel and an array of home
automation devices to control and monitor different home automation and security features. System includes a
android powered IQ panel with built in radios for cellular, Wi-Fi, security RF bus, Z-Wave and bluetooth and a
built in camera. Home automation device range includes camera, thermostat, occupancy detector etc. Tyco
made a investment in Qolsys in 2014. Tyco also has its own home automation brand DSC, which is a competitor
to Qolsys.
Tyco
Guogee [Shenzhen, 2013]: Guogee develops intelligent smart home technology products and is dedicated to the
development of hardware products and applications. Some of its products including light bulbs, sockets, air
detection, infrared controllers etc.
Smart Home Suite
Neon [Szeged, 2014]: Neon is developing an array of home automation products to connect and control
different home operations. Products include smart switch/plug, thermostat, air monitoring device and a central
hub. As of January 2016, Neon is taking subscriptions for pre order.
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite
eGlu [Bangalore, 2013]: Family of technology products by WiZN Systems, providing benefits like security and
energy savings. Allows users to control and monitor all the connected things at their home using a smartphone.
The eGlu hub can be plugged and connected to the Wifi router, with the mobile app displaying all the connected
things which can be controlled, monitored and smarten them by making rules - actions based on the events.
Raised an undisclosed angel round from Taiwan's Foxconn, maker of Apple phones and angel investors.
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Foxconn Electronics
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite (7/9)
Company
Smart Home Suite
Details
Yelads [Bangalore, 2013]: Yelads Network for the IoT provides users data-driven intelligence from connected
things, people and devices to optimize various business processes and automate operations. It connects
businesses with the internet-enabled devices in the cloud. Some of its solutions include smart city and home
automation solutions like home security, water management and energy management.
Auluxa [Hong Kong, 2013]: Auluxa creates retrofit home automation solutions on the ZigBee platform that
include control features for Lighting, Curtains, Climate, Security, A/V, Energy Management.
Smart Home Suite
Fibaro [Poznan, 2010]: Fibaro Home Automation System allows user to control home processes remotely.
Fibaro devices do not connect permanently to buildings infrastructure. Company's motion sensor has been
awarded with the 2015 TWICE VIP Awards in the category of General Sensors / Smart Plugs
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite
Essence [Herzliya, 1994]: Essence is a connected home solutions company providing home management,
security and elderly care solutions. Security solutions include motion detecting cameras, tag readers, fire alarms
etc. Management platform enables user to manage their home from remote locations and care solutions
monitor and analyze daily activity and alert health care providers for early signals of an emergency. Claims to
have installed over 15M devices.
Verisure [Oslo, 1988]: Verisure is a Norway based company developing complete package for smart home with
fire and intrusion alarm, camera detector and contact alarm. All the devices are connected and monitored by
Verisure cloud monitoring station and can be controlled through an app. In addition Verisure also offers free
security officer callout.
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Funding
Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite (8/9)
Company
Details
Smart Home Suite
LightwaveRF [Birmingham, 2009]: LightwaveRF offers a range of intelligent dimmers, radiator valves, sockets
and sensors. These sensors allow the user to control all of their devices through their smartphone app (iOS and
Android) through WiFi. It's products are available through Maplin stores, online suppliers and independent
wholesalers. Internationally the company now has orders for sample packs in 34 countries. It is also in
discussions with potential distributors in India and Australia.
Smart Home Suite
Insteon [Irvine, 2005]: INSTEON offers a suite of devices for home automation based on their dual band mesh
network technology. Their products include: smart HVAC controllers, wall switches, smart plugs, sensors and a
device control hub to control all of these devices. Their products have integration with Cortana in Microsoft's
WP as well as special Live Tile support. Sold across multiple stores including Microsoft store and Walmart.
Expected to have Apple homekit as well. The company has developed water leak detection sensor for home
application which can be attached to any home appliance and fixtures.
Smart Home Suite
Clare Controls [Sarasota, 2010]: Clare controls offers a range of home automation solution ranging from
security features such as house surveillance, access control, water detection and control, and security
integration as well as entertainment routing and control in addition to lighting, climate and pool control. Clare
controls can integrate all these solution under a single terminal that allows the user to control or automate all
solutions from anywhere via the cloud through the users ios or android device with a user configurable
interface. Clare controls also offers a builders partner program to integrate their solutions during construction.
Smart Home Suite
Viva Smart Home [Oslo, 2013]: Viva Labs offers products and services for home automation and energy
efficiency. Device uses smart algorithms, GPS tracking, video surveillance and intelligent sensors help control
and monitor home. Their product mix contains smart plugs to control and monitor the plugged in device. Viva
uses GPS and sensors to automatically adjust lights and heating. Offers a smart phone application to monitor
and control from outside the home.
Liferoome [Sydney, ]: Liferoome sells smart home devices made using the Z-Wave technology. It develops and
sells smart controllers, doors, ip cameras, sensors, button to control z-wave devices, connected bulbs etc.
Smart Home Suite
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Investors
Committed Capital
Investinor
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Smart Home Suite (9/9)
Company
Smart Home Suite
Details
Orvito [Waltham, 2011]: Orvito designs, manufactures and markets the “Internet of Things” devices. Products
include Smart Switch Panel, Video Door Phone, Smart Hub and mobile apps that help in home automation.
Orvito maintains its own cloud to store live video feed, customer settings, energy usage analytics.
Headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, Orvito with most of the employees working from Hyderabad, India.
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Investors
Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth (1/2)
Company
Details
Funding
Investors
Tyto [Burlingame, 2013]: Tyto Life LLC is a stealth silicon valley company dedicated to building consumer
$27.73M
products that improve the human experience related to the Internet of Things.
Stealth
EVA Automation [Redwood City, 2014]: Eva Automation is a stealth mode startup claiming to be developing a
connected device for re imagining audio and video experience.
$20M
Formation 8
Stealth
ScenseIT [Tel Aviv, 2015]: ScenseIT is developing a hardware to monitor indoor & outdoor air quality and let
people control the scent in their home. As of June, 2016 company is in stealth mode and is based out of Tel Aviv,
Israel.
Stealth
Mind [Modena, 2014]: Mind is a Italian stealth mode company working to develop distributed intelligence
based home automation product. Company claims to be using Machine Learning, motion detection, tracking &
pattern detection to develop its product.
Stealth
Heltun [Yerevan, 2011]: Heltun is a stealth mode smart home company claimed to be developing multifunctional smart home software and hardware based on Z wave wireless protocol.
Stealth
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Stealth
Home Automation
Home Security
Smart Home Suite
Stealth (2/2)
Company
Details
WhiteSpace Technologies [Campbell, 2015]: White Space Tech is a stealth mode company developing hardware
and solution to be integrated into home. Company's first soon to be launched products is claimed to be smart
home security camera.
Stealth
Stealth
OmniBotics [Redwood City, 2013]: OmniBotics is a stealth mode company researching and developing robotics
in home control. It is a startup by ex-Apple employee Bill Fernandez who is an expert in electronics and
computer. He is developing a UI for houses and smart home electronics. This 2013 established startup is
currently in stealth mode having a revenue of $130k.
Quadron Technologies [London, 2015]: According to company's Angel profile company is designing large scale
consumer domestic products to automate the processes in the home and let the machine do the work for user.
Company is member of the March 2015 'EF4' Cohort
Stealth
Zonecco [Stockholm, 2013]: Stealth mode company. Zonecco provides WiFi solutions for home consumer high
end and SME market. Founded by ex-CEO of Torget.se, one of Sweden’s largest E-Commerce portals.
Stealth
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Investors
Stealth
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Investment Trend
Who is Investing
Exit Outlook - IPO, Acquisitions
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