Smart Homes

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Smart Homes: Rows 2 - 11

Our research discovered that two of the ten companies profiled in this report no longer exist (Yetu and Y Dreams Robotics), three have been acquired (WiThings, Xanboo, and Zen-Sys), and two have shut down (Zonoff and XPL Cloud). Most of these events occurred before 2010. Neither of the two currently viable, independent companies - Zuli and YeeLight - market to customers with disabilities. All relevant sources are cited in the provided spreadsheet.


The categorization of startup versus large company was determined based on the following elements: revenue, year of founding, and date of last funding round.

'Large company' was determined as follows:
- A company with significant revenue and a founding date more than 5 years previous.
- A company with significant revenue and a founding date within the past 5 years was considered a large company if the most recent funding date was more than two years previous.
- 'Significant revenue' was defined as any amount over $1 million annual revenue.

'Startup' was determined as follows:
- A company with comprehensive product information but no revenue information available, independent of other factors.
- A company with a founding date within in the past two years, independent of funding round information, and which has not issued an IPO or had an acquisition exit.
- A company whose website clearly indicates that the product is in beta phase, pre-order phase, or is 'coming soon.'


Of the two viable companies (Zuli and YeeLight), neither directly markets to disabled consumers, nor are there any third-party media mentions which connect the companies and their products to use by disabled customers.


Please note that while the products, systems and technologies of the acquired companies (Zen-Sys, WiThings and Xanboo) continue to be used in smart home devices and applications by their acquiring companies, these technologies are now the property of the parent company. Some information about previously proprietary products is still available online, but we have not profiled these, under the assumption that this request is looking for information on current products. If you are interested in detailed information about previous products offered by these acquired companies, please let us know; we'll be happy to update the spreadsheet accordingly.


Our research indicates that Zonoff exited and was shut down in 2017. The provided website is no longer accessible.


Our research indicates that Zen-Sys was acquired by, and merged into, Sigma Designs in 2009. Its Crunchbase profile indicates that the company is closed, and its website no longer exists.


Our research indicates that the Yetu website with a .de domain is not responsive, and the .com website found on the company's Crunchbase profile is not accessible. There is no Owler profile for this company, and all media mentions are confined to 2013 (ex: here), the year it received its single funding round. Deeper research generated no more recent media mentions, including no mentions of acquisition or exit. The spreadsheet cells have been populated indicating that this company was not discoverable.


Yeelight is clearly an active company, but it had no relevant revenue or funding information on either Crunchbase or Owler. For this reason, we have labeled its company status as 'unavailable.'


The provided website generates a document in Japanese entitled 'Kim Ji Muscle HMB reviews ydream Body.' The company has no third-party profiles on ether Crunchbase or Owler, nor are there any available media mentions of this company. Our research did generate a Crunchbase profile for YDreams which works with "Natural User Interfaces and Augmented Reality," but there was no indication that these are the same company. The spreadsheet cells have been populated indicating that this company was not discoverable.


The provided website for the XPL project indicates that the project was closed at an undisclosed date after 2003.


The available information regarding Xanboo is conflicting. Xanboo was acquired by AT&T in 2010, but its company status is still listed as 'active' on its Crunchbase profile; and the provided website is still active, with a recent blog entry from 2018. (It should be noted that Crunchbase details are not always 100% accurate). However, it seems unlikely that AT&T, which is a player in the home automation space, would continue to operate Xanboo as a service for its competitors. Available media mentions of the acquisition do not note that Xanboo would continue to operate as a subsidiary, but seem to indicate that the technology will be integrated into AT&T's home automation products (ex: here). For this reason, we have assumed that Xanboo was merged into AT&T and no longer has proprietary products.


Our research indicates that WiThings was acquired by, and merged into, Nokia in 2016. The provided website redirects to Nokia.


Our research discovered no indication that WinMoto is currently an active company. The provided website is unresponsive, and the company does not have either a Crunchbase or Owler profile. Deeper research discovered that the company/product's IndiGoGo campaign is closed. Winmoto products are currently available on Amazon, but this cannot be relied on to indicate that the company is active or that the product is in active production.
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Smart Homes: Rows 12 - 21

The products listed in rows 12-21 of the attached smart home automation spreadsheet include are from the following companies: WigWag, Wattio, Wattcost, Wallflower, Wallfarm, Vivint, and Viva Labs. These products most often consist of sensors, beacons, and other similar devices that work to automate simple home processes such as lighting, electricity use, and home security systems. Rows 15 and 16 are listed under different company names ("Wallflowr" for row 15 and "Wallflower" for row 16). However, after researching for a company titled "Wallflowr," it seems as those these are the same company. This has been determined not only from research through this part of the project, but also based upon the content provided in rows B-I of the spreadsheet. As a result, the content listed in rows 15 and 16 are identical. As for the companies listed in rows 20 (Visual Diamond) and 21 (Vision Security), extensive research showed no companies under these names. Multiple research strategies were attempted, but no relevant or helpful information was in our research. A Facebook page for Visual Diamond was located, but there is no content on the page. As a result, the rows on the spreadsheet for these companies have been filled in with "N/A." Below will be a brief overview of the smart home products offered by companies on the spreadsheet in rows 12-19 (columns J-R).

WigWag Relay

The WigWag Relay device is produced by startup company WigWag, and offers environmental sensors in connection with cloud technology. Relay works by connecting the relay devices to the cloud through a subscription service. Through the account, simple home processes such as lights, appliances, and personal accounts (email, Twitter, etc.) can be managed throughout the home from any device. Although there are no disability applications mentioned, the WigWag Relay device can be used at any point within a single household.

Wattio GATE

The GATE device is produced by startup company Wattio. The device is a colored, touch-screen product that is mounted to the wall of a home. Through the GATE device, simple home processes can be automated with/without an internet connection. Such processes include home lighting, appliances, alarm systems, and utilities. The device is used in conjunction with a mobile app that allows users to setup automated home processes. There are no disability applications mentioned for this device, but the capabilities of the device can be managed from anywhere through the mobile app.

Wattcost Home Energy Monitor

The Wattcost Home Energy Monitor system is produced by startup company Wattcost. The product consists of a beacon, sensors, and antenna that can be placed anywhere in the home. This product as a whole works to analyze energy usage throughout the home, and notifies users through a synced mobile app of ways that they can immediately save on their energy usage. There are no disability applications mentioned for this device, but the product sends real-time alerts through the mobile app based on the analyses of energy usage in the home on ways to save.

Wallflower Smart Monitor

The Wallflower Smart Monitor is a simple device that plugs into the stove between the stove plug and the wall outlet. The device is produced by startup company Wallflower and is connected to a mobile app, working to monitor stove/oven usage. Every time that the stove/oven is turned on/off, the device beeps. The Smart Monitor analyzes stove/oven usage, and whenever the stove has been on for longer than usual, the device sends an alert to the mobile app to notify the owner if they may have accidentally left their stove on. This beeping sound that this device makes can be manually turned on/off and edited within the app to be louder or quieter. For the hard-of-hearing, this can be of use to alert them if they have forgotten. Additionally, for the deaf or for people with smaller children, the mobile alerts can assist in notifying of kitchen dangers that could begin from a stove being left on.

Wallfarm LIA

The Wallfarm LIA (Lean Intelligent Agriculture) devices are automated hydroponic systems produced by startup company Wallfarm. The devices can be used anywhere that they can be installed (most often in kitchens and home gardens). Once installed, the Wallfarm LIAs can automate plant growth from the time of planting to harvesting by managing water, humidity, food, pH, oxygen, temperature, and other important levels necessary for plant growth. These features can also be controlled manually by the provided control system. There are no disability applications listed for these devices.

Vivint Ping Camera

The Vivint Ping Camera is a simple indoor camera that permits two-way talking, infrared night vision, and other home security features. The device can be installed by Smart Home Pros that can set up the camera to work with other home automated features. The camera is produced by a large company called Vivint, and can be managed through a simple mobile app at all times. There are no specific disability features associated with this device, but the camera provides audio, video, and playback DVR settings for additional security.

Viva Labs Smarter Home Security

The Viva Labs Smarter Home Security system uses a combination of sensors, cameras, and an alarm system to produce an automated home security system. The system is managed through a mobile app and can automate simple home processes such as lights, temperature, and alarms. When the home thermostat is connected with the system, the security system learns about common settings to automatically adjust to preferred temperatures at different points in times. There are no specific disability features associated with this system, but it can be used at any point from the mobile application.

Please note that Vision Security's domain is currently for sale, which is an indication the company is no longer in operation. We attempted to search for media mentions and reviews to find the products offered, but there has been no mention of this company for several years. It is our belief that this company is no longer doing business.

Visual Diamond is another company that does not appear to have a website. We searched for it using a variety of keywords, as there are numerous companies with this name, but none located in Jordan. The closest we could come to a website is the company's Facebook page, which is not very helpful as it has no information regarding its location or products.


For more details on these smart home devices, please view the content in rows 12-19 of the attached spreadsheet. Keep in mind that rows 15 and 16 refer to the same company (Wallflower). Rows 20 (Visual Diamond) and 21 (Vision Security) did not have any available information online to complete the spreadsheet with, aside from an empty Facebook page for Visual Diamond.
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Smart Homes: Rows 22 - 31

Details regarding the requested companies and their smart home devices have been added into rows 22-31 of this spreadsheet. All the requested companies are startups. This has been verified by either checking their status on Crunchbase, or if they were not on Crunchbase at all, checking to see if any other source indicated they are a large company. Below you will find a brief list of the devices we found for each company.


1. Vida Home
Vida Home appears to have gone out of business. Their website is expired and no other sources could be found to indicate they are still in business.

2. Velmenni - Li-Fi
Velminni offers a wireless communication system that is similar to regular wi-fi, but operates off of light energy from LEDs. It offers speeds that are ten times faster than traditional wi-fi.

3. Uzer - Eugene
Uzer offers a smart scanner that is installed in the home and scans barcodes of food and other objects. The system gives information on the item in regard to if it's recyclable and how to do so properly, and also nutritional and allergen information for foods.

4. UnWireIt
We were unable to find any information on UnWireIt, and their website is expired, so we are assuming that they have gone out of business.

5. UniKey
UniKey offers a smart lock system for residential homes. The locks communicate with a mobile app to allow for locking and unlocking the doors remotely, along with fingerprint recognition in place of keys or codes.

6. UniRobot
This company offers a small robot called Univo that serves as an intelligent personal assistant of sorts. The small robot sits anywhere in your home and can converse using basic and adaptive phrases, and provides basic functions like timers, weather information, and more.

7. UControl
We believe that UControl is out of business. Their website leads straight to a page on Xfinity's website regarding their partners. We were unable to find any mentions of UControl on this page, or anywhere else in thorough search.

8. Ubios
Ubios offers a system for condominiums that prevents and detects water leaks using motion sensors and other hi-tech features. One unit can control an entire building.

9. Twist - Twist Home
Twist offers smart lightbulbs in two versions. The first is a lightbulb that adjusts its brightness based on the time of day and the sunlight that comes in from outside. The second also adjusts the light, but it has additional built in speakers that allow users to stream music to any bulb in the house.

10. Turing Robot
Turing Robot is a company that offers a suite of intelligent software solutions that can be customized and integrated into all kinds of products from other companies.

In conclusion, a much more detailed analysis of each device has been entered into rows 22-31 of this spreadsheet.
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Smart Homes: Rows 32 - 41

In the attached spreadsheet rows 32-41, columns J-R, I have presented details regarding the requested companies and their smart home devices. All companies’ statuses were determined by examining their year of founding, startup funding rounds and current funding stage.

Below is a brief overview of the findings on the spreadsheet.


TreeHouse Smart Home powered by nest is a partnership with Nest a leading developer of smart home systems to offer smart homes installation services across its Austin and Dallas locations.


ThinkEco Modlet is an intelligent modlet providing minute-level power and control measurements for minimizing plug load power waste.


Thington was a smart AI home-based management app. The company was Acqui-hired by Eero in 2017 and announced that they will shut down their app beginning on August 21, 2017.


Cloud-based home energy management (HEM) and residential demand response (DR) system providing smart energy solutions that minimize costs and allow aggregated demand response heating to the smart grid.


The Orange Chef Prep Pad provides real-time nutritional insights into food allowing users make informed decisions about what they want to eat. Unfortunately, Perfect Company a maker of connected kitchen appliances acquired the application in 2016.


Techmate is a simple, on-demand tech support and onsite help in as little as 2 hours covering various aspects of the smart homes and the internet of things (IoT) devices.


Australia’s EcoXpert certified installers of diverse smart home technologies such as the Push and Nero devices, exclusive to Schneider Electric.


TapHome provides smart control capabilities for both hardware and software products for the smart building such as centralized control heating, blinds, ventilation, cooling, etc.


Tank Utility provides cloud-based solutions for desktop and mobile apps that allow propane users and providers to receive alerts and track propane levels in real-time.


A smart wall fitted remote control offering connected cooling control functionality via applications or geo-fenced automation that switch the air conditioner on and off.


In conclusion, you can find comprehensive analyses of the above companies on this spreadsheet, rows 32 – 41.
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Smart Homes: Rows 42 - 51

Following the request for the update of the attached spreadsheet with information about the smart home companies identified in rows 42-51 of the company list tab, we have completed the rows with all relevant information.


Of all the companies listed in rows 42-51, we were able to retrieve information for 9 companies out of the 10 listed. They are; SyncYourHome, Switchmate, Swann, Sustainable Spaces, Sure, Steel Mountain, Starry, Sonos, and Sonne Industries.

The only company which we were unable to retrieve any information for is Southland Security LLC. We discovered that the description of the company provided in row 49 of the attached spreadsheet didn't provide proper information to easily identify the exact company. The company we found with a similar name did not have any product for smart homes or make mention of smart homes.

From our research, we also discovered that none of the 10 companies listed provided disability applications.

Finally, Of the 10 companies, only two companies are listed as large companies. They have over 200 employees and their revenues are over $15 million annually. They are Swann, and Sonos, with Sonos being the largest company.


Rows 42-51 of the attached spreadsheet have been updated with relevant information as requested.

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Smart Homes: Rows 52 - 61

Ten companies that offer smart home products were reviewed and the results are recorded in rows 52-61 in the linked spreadsheet. The ten companies are Somabar, Solenica, SNUPI Technologies, SmartThings, SmartHome Hero, Smarthome Controls, Smartfrog, Sleepace, SkyBell Technologies and SimpliSafe. From the assortment of companies listed, there was one meant for commercial use, Somabar. One company listed did not offer smart home products, SmartHome Controls, as they build other products into homes at the customer’s discretion. Smartfrog, a nanny cam app, uses marketing aimed at people caring for the elderly or disabled in their home. The companies that do not offer applications are indicated with an N/A in the appropriate column.


Smartfrog is a nanny cam app, the user installs the app on recording devices and on their viewing device. Once this is done, recording devices can be placed in preferred areas of the house and viewed anywhere the viewer has an internet connection. For example, a family with an in-law apartment need not worry about family members as they grow older. A recording device with two-way sound can be set up in the in-law apartment and they can be checked on at any point of the day, whether the homeowner is at work, the gym, home, or anywhere they have a connection to the internet. This is also true for separate households in different states or countries, as long as there is internet access, one can monitor the other with ease.
Somabar is an easy to use automatic bartender. The user can put up to seven different drink mixers and liquors into the machine, press a button and make one of 300 pre-programmed cocktails. The machine is being marketed for home and commercial use. It may be used in restaurants, lounges, or other spaces that are unable to afford to keep bartenders. The machine flushes itself after every drink and the parts are dishwasher safe.
SmartHome Controls specializes in the integration of home systems including HVAC, entertainment, lighting, security, sleep, you name it, they will install and integrate the technology to each customer’s needs. They offer these services to homes already contrasted and to architects that are designing smart homes as new projects. On the website, there are examples of some work they have done.


The analytical data for 10 companies in the smart home space have been recorded with sources in rows 52-61 of the linked spreadsheet. The names of the companies are Somabar, Solenica, SNUPI Technologies, SmartThings, SmartHome Hero, Smarthome Controls, Smartfrog, Sleepace, SkyBell Technologies and SimpliSafe.
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Smart Homes: Rows 62 - 71

Details regarding the requested companies and their smart home devices have been added into rows 62-71 of this spreadsheet. Below you will find a brief list of the devices we found for each company.


1. Silk Labs - Silk AI
Silk Labs is a startup company. The Silk AI is a suite of AI software that is used in a multitude of different devices for many uses around the home and even in commercial applications.

2. Sevenhugs - Smart Remote
Sevenhugs is a startup company. Their smart remote is may be likened to a much more intelligent version of the universal remote. It connects and operates electronic devices in a room using object mapping technology.

3. Sentri
Sentri is a startup company. Their self-titled device is a smart hub that attaches to the wall and connects all your smart home devices to be operated and managed in one place.

4. SensorMind
SensorMind appears to have gone out of business. The provided website has expired, and the website provided on Crunchbase for this company has also expired.

5. Sense Labs - Sense
Sense Labs is a startup company. Their device, called Sense, is a data analytics device that is installed inside an electrical panel in the home. It monitors and records energy usage, and can connect to other electronics to monitor things like doors opening and closing or curling irons being turned on and off.

6. Sensative - Strips by Sensative
Sensative is a startup company. They offer smart strips, which are strips that are placed in various areas and have sensors that monitor and alert users when certain things happen. They have one that senses doors and windows opening or closing, one that senses light and temperature, and one that senses water leakage.

7. Senic - Nuimo
Senic is a startup company. They offer a device called Nuimo that connects all your smart devices and allows you to operate them using a small, round touchscreen remote.

8. - SensePeanuts is assumed to be a startup. We could not verify this as there was no information on their company in regard to employees or funding stage, so we assume that they are still a small company. They offer small sensors that attach to items in the home and can monitor and control certain aspects. They currently have one that senses temperature, one that senses sleep cycles, and one that senses motion in order to alert the user of theft.

9. Seebo
Seebo is a startup company. They don't offer any devices, but instead have a suite of Internet of Things software solutions. Their solutions are geared more towards commercial applications, not smart homes.

10. Securitas Direct Verisure Group - Verisure Smart Alarms
Securitas is a large company. The Verisure Smart Alarm is a high-tech, early-detection alarm system for windows, doors, and smoke detection.

In conclusion, a much more detailed analysis of each device has been entered into rows 62-71 of this spreadsheet.
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Smart Homes: Rows 72 - 81

Most of the requested information is available on each company's website, LinkedIn profile, and other third-party sources. As required, details regarding the companies and their smart home devices have been added to rows 72 – 81 of this spreadsheet. Below you will find a brief overview of our finding.


Secual's service has a potential disability application called the watch function for single-person households of older adults. In the event of a disaster, this function alerts when the vibration cannot be authenticated within a specific time frame.
Maid Oven, a smart home offering of SectorQube Technologies is a kitchen assistant multifunctional oven powered by Android and used in the kitchen.
We determined that all the companies in rows 72 – 81 except Secual do not market themselves to those with disabilities. That was after we conducted a web and press search to identify any mentions of the technology about disability applications. In such cases, we entered N/A.
All the requested in rows 72 – 81 companies except Safe Systems, a large company, are startups.


In conclusion, a much detailed analysis of each device has been entered into rows 72-81 of this spreadsheet and sources kept here.
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Smart Homes: Rows 82 - 91


Columns J to R have been filled in for companies in rows 82 to 91 in the attached spreadsheet. The information filled in, includes products for Smart Home devices, how these products are used, and where in the home these products can be used.


The Smart Home products available from companies in rows 82 to 91 have been researched, and the requested columns and rows have been filled in with the requested information. The company Revolv in row 85 no longer exist. These rows have been filled in with N/A.

In addition, the company Redwood Systems in row 88 was recently acquired by CommScope, and information about products previously available from Redwood Systems can no longer be found.

The official Reemo website is unavailable, and the available information about their company and their remote control wristband was compiled from a non-affiliated tech website.


There are a number of Smart Home products available from the companies listed in rows 82 to 91. Information about these products have been added to the spreadsheet. The requested information includes the product, the technological capabilities of the product, how the product is accessed by the user, whether the product has potential disability applications, and where in the home the product would be used.
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Smart Homes: Rows 92 - 101

On the attached spreadsheet rows 92 – 101, columns J-R, I have presented details regarding the requested companies and their smart home devices. All companies’ statuses were determined by examining the year of founding, funding rounds and current funding stage.
Despite searching extensively for every piece of information requested, I found out that only Qolsys has products it markets for people with disability, while Rachio has a recycling program that employs people with disability. In this regard, I have presented only those two cases, and input N/A into those cells where I could not find any information that the company markets its products to people with disabilities.

Below is a brief overview of the findings on the spreadsheet.


The Rachio 3 Smart Water System is a wireless flow meter leak detection, smart sprinkler control and weather intelligence plus monitoring system that help users to create smart yards. Rachio, alongside Ewing forged a partnership with Blue Star to provide employment for people suffering from autism and other disabilities.


R.J. Throckmorton Distributing is a leading consumer products and services distributor, especially, electronics, home automation products and entertainment furniture for the residential, corporate and large industries.


Quietyme is a wireless to cloud sensor system that monitors and reports ambient noise designed mainly for the healthcare, property management, and hospitality industries. It also features visual alert sensors, humidity, temperature and light sensors.


Qolsys delivers cutting-edge security and home control devices such as the IQ Panel 2 which features encrypted connectivity sensors to provide safe authentication for windows, doors, and each room of your smart home. While their flagship product IQ Panel 2 is not marketed to people with disabilities, they have the Qolsys IQ Wireless Pendant, which they claim to be perfect for people with disabilities and the elderly. It features a small button users can carry around to activate a panic alarm anytime and anywhere.


Protect America offers a wide selection of home security packages specifically designed to offer 24/7 protection to your home. The entire package includes a touchscreen control panel, motion detectors, door/window sensors, monitored smoke detection, HD wireless video camera, and home automation systems.


Unlike other IoT developers, Prodea Systems primarily focuses on providing valuable services needed to launch IoT devices. They assist existing and new IoT service providers to quickly add and integrate state of the art IoT capabilities into their products, which can then be deployed to various markets.


Powerhouse Dynamic’s SiteSage platform allows powerhouse dynamics to manage portfolios of small commercial facilities by using IoT technologies to connect, monitor, control and analyze using cloud-based controls and analytics to minimize energy losses, enhance equipment performance and automate temperature control and compliance.


Plum Lightpad is the most advanced smart light dimmer allowing users to control their lights in a natural and intuitive way via your iOS or Android (beta) applications.


Plugmee is a Smart home Android application that allows users to control and monitor their homes anytime and from anywhere.


PluggX allows you to control your room and the entire home lighting and appliances via your smartphone and works via Bluetooth, so you have to be within 100 feet indoor range.


In conclusion, you can find comprehensive analyses of the above companies on this spreadsheet, rows 92 – 101.
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Smart Homes: Rows 102 - 111

Ten companies offering smart home products were reviewed, the results are recorded in rows 102-111, columns J-R in the linked spreadsheet. The ten companies reviewed are Plugaway, Plantsense, PipesBox, Piper, Pie Digital, pHin, PetNet, Petcube, permundo and Peel Technologies. We discovered that all of them are startup companies. The Plugaway project was announced as closed on Kickstarter in February 2015. The permundo project is very similar to the Plugaway project. Petcube allows users to play with and feed pets treats while they are not home. Below is a brief overview of these findings.


The Plugaway project was pulled due to a lack of funding according to an announcement on Kickstarter in February 2015. The group reported they were willing to put in an additional $100K AUD but said this would not be enough to keep the project going. They apologized to investors and it is unclear if they distributed refunds to investors.
Permundo has two technologies both referred to as Z-WAVE+, they are a plug adapter and wall socket adapter. Once installed the user downloads the app, plugs their smart devices in and is able to control them from their smartphone. This is similar to the Plugaway project, Plugaway was a plug with which one could control associated lighting or power on or off the plug using a smartphone app.
Petcube is a fun new way to play with and feed treats to pets while away from home or in a different room. The user plugs in the Petcube, puts treats in it, download the app, then through a two-way audio system are able to communicate and play with pets. The user may dispense treats to the pet using controls through the app.


Ten smart home product companies were reviewed and recorded in the linked spreadsheet rows 102-111, columns J-R. The ten companies are Plugaway, Plantsense, PipesBox, Piper, Pie Digital, pHin, PetNet, Petcube, permundo and Peel Technologies. All companies in this group are startup companies.

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