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.
STARTUP/LARGE COMPANY METHODOLOGY
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.
A NOTE ON ACQUISITIONS
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.'
Y DREAM ROBOTICS
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.