What Will I Learn?
One of the biggest sub-categories within the connected home, security is an area proving itself to be a hotbed of startup activity. Where August Home builds locks where smartphones are the key, Lighthouse makes security cameras with built-in voice search and computer vision. Ring, meanwhile, with more than $200 million in venture funding, is among the leaders. Its range of doorbells and security cameras has created what the company calls “neighborhood watch” for the digital age.
More and more everyday tasks in the home are being taken over by robots, with startups a big proponent of this trend. Among them is Trifo, the company behind the robot that can handle both home surveillance and cleaning, and Bumblee Spaces, who build modular robotics systems to store and retrieve objects stored in ceilings. OhmniLabs is another pioneer, using robots for elder care.
Kitchen and Home Appliance
The way we eat and prepare our food is changing fast thanks to emerging technologies. Companies operating in this space include Innit, developers of a connected food platform, Garbi, makers of a smart trash can, and Anova, a leading provider of smart kitchen appliances.
Companies in this area specialize in a range of niches; Where Molekule and Awair concentrate on purifying the air in our homes, Dreem and Beddr use with wearables, sensors and mobile apps to track, digitize and optimize our sleep.