The Internet of Things

The trend of individual devices and sensors having their own smartphone apps and cloud infrastructure is unsustainable. Imagine having to sort through 50 apps to find the right lock, or opening each app one at a time to set up vacation settings before a trip to Death Valley. Big companies such as Comcast, Time Warner and Lowes have taken a stab at consolidating smart home technology with their own connected home solutions. They have convenient pre-packaged systems that include the central hub, the smartphone app, and starter devices like security cameras or energy monitors. Ube has gone a step further and is looking to the future and’  the Internet of Everything’ by creating a universal controller App that uses open source APIs! A device can be added easily and with hundreds of IP enabled devices on the market that means you have control at your finger tips using the Ube App on your smart phone. The company launched at DEMO in October 2012 and came away with the People’s Choice Award and a $1 Million Dollar prize from IDG Media. Now they have just completed a a successful KickStarter campaign that has swollen their coffers by another $290K. This means they can manufacture the world’s smartest dimmer the first of a number of planned products. We’d like to congratulate Ube and the team –  Factotum’s Peter Fossick is thrilled to have been involved as an investor, advisor and SVP for Design from the beginning.    

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