on May 26 2015
On average, we check out phones over 100 times a day and spend more than 8h a day looking at screens.
Technology is amazing but we've formed a dependence on it. Many apps are designed to take our attention away from the things that really matter.
We believe in a future in which technology becomes invisible and supports us from the background so we can focus on the things and people that really matter.
We do this by integrating technology into beautifully designed objects like Dials, Lamps or Sensors that allows humans to interact with technology in the home using their speech, haptics and vision.
Flow is a wireless tactile controller for computer and connected devices. It’s our first device and we used it to build the technology that will be at the core of our future products. As designers and engineers ourselves we’ve always been frustrated with the screen-mouse workflow. We want to feel our work and utilize the sense of touch. The current mouse-keyboard relationship is terrible, browsing through menus or toggling sliders is slow and imprecise.
Flow is a sleek and circular device that is controlled by rotating its outer ring, activating its touch sensors, and hand gestures. We combine existing angular position technology with a multitouch surface and hand gesture recognition sensors we developed ourselves in Germany. The Flow picks up over 3600 data-points, so every gesture is detected. Flow becomes a part of your hand and as a result the actions on the screen become an extension of your thought process - as familiar as your own hand, and just as precise.
The first application is for designers, but Flow isn’t just for Photoshop. We integrate with over 30 programs like Spotify so users can control those applications with the natural movement of their hands. The Flow can sit on your desk like a mouse, on the wall to control the lights and room temperature, or the kitchen counter for easy music control while cooking. And it doesn’t stop with these 30 programs. We designed Flow to be flexible, and our users are constantly showing us use cases we hadn’t thought of.
We funded the initial prototype and production for Flow with an IndieGoGo campaign that we launched in early November. We raised 100% of our goal in the first three days, sold over 2,000 units, and raised $273k - over-subscribed by 500%.
Nuimo is often referred to as Nest for the Rest. It is a freely configurable controller for music, lights, temperature and more.
Instead of digging through apps, use simple controls including a physical button, touch, a high precision dial and gesture sensing to control the things you care about.
Simply come home and click a button to control your music without being distracted by your phone. Make your lights accessible to all people in the home without requiring access to an app.
Flow will either replace or compliment many products already on the market. The Nest, which is on track to sell 3.3M devices in 2015, can’t read hand gestures like Flow. People can use Flow compliments to control the sound on their Sonos systems which sold over 2 Million units in 2013. Philips Hue, only one of the smart light systems that is struggling to find an interface that satisfies their users, sold 8 Million devices in 2013. Flow will be used at work and personal computers everywhere, and the number of WiFi enabled homes should top 1 Billion by year’s end.
There are three main markets for smart home systems.
The traditional building automation market has had established players such as Crestron for more than 30 years. These systems can only be installed in new buildings in which cable based systems are possible, where budgets are high starting at 50K USD and programming is required. New buildings only make up 1% of the total market.
At the low end market of existing apartments, players like Smartthings and Wink have become strong players.
The middle market has not been addressed so far. Either low end systems do not fulfill professional requirements (such as controlling professional LED systems instead of Philips Hue) or traditional systems would not fit budget and prerequisites.
We are different by comibining plug & play systems that don't require programming and offer premium design, quality and interaction.
Our families come from backgrounds in hardware manufacturing and traditional building automation systems with more than 50 years of experience.
We know what the problems and challenges in the market are.
What is needed is a so called "complex integration" of various disciplines such as industrial design, electronics, software and psychology; similar to the way Tesla or Apple have succeeded.
We have proven that we are one of the few times world wide that combine these disciplines and execute with high speed and quality.
Soon we’ll get all the benefits of technology without all the negative distractions - the environment will respond seamlessly to your needs. Imagine this: lights turn on as you stir in bed and your morning music will fades in as you swipe the bedside table. The bathroom mirror will illuminate and display the time, your schedule, and a few critical emails as you walk through the door. The kitchen window will display the day’s weather, and the table will have the news embedded with the swipe of your hand.
Technology will move from the foreground as we see it today, and blend with our environment to enhance our connection to it. We’ll be able to focus because every decision and action will require less - fewer buttons and fewer apps. Just a single swipe, or tap of the finger. Everything will be integrated, every interaction will be more natural.
We need to hire two people immediately - two software engineer and an operations manager. Another sales person would be also be fantastic to help lock down more partnerships.
Yes, we have some very exciting products and big partnerships in the pipeline.
The first batch will ship in June!
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