About this project
Ever felt stuck with busy, covered or dirty hands?
Meet Bixi, the first ultra-portable companion that senses your in-air hand gestures and commands your favorite smartphone Apps, LifX & Hue bulbs, Internet Speakers, GoPro and many other IoT devices.
Control fluidly your devices without putting your current activity on pause.
Just wave your hand and let the Magic happen!
You can control multiple actions of two apps or devices at the same time with Bixi. For example, you can be on your bike with Bixi on ‘Music’ & ’GoPro’ profiles and control both your songs and your GoPro with only gestures. Other such examples are:
- Music & Lights control (Home)
- Reading & door-lock control (home)
- GoPro & Music control (on bike)
- Phone/SMS & Music control(In car)
Fiddling with electronic devices on the road creates visual and cognitive distractions. With Bixi, you can drive safely and control your Music, Calls, Navigation, SMS, etc. without even looking at your phone.
One Bixi can control multiple devices at the same time.
Some of the few devices & Apps Bixi works with -
Live Demo # 1:
Easy Setup & Usage of LifX smart bulbs
Live Demo # 2:
Control your Music Apps or Internet speakers
Live Demo # 3:
Your car + your phone + Bixi + Hudway Glass = Cool futuristic Heads-Up display control
Live Demo #4:
Bixi partners with Drivemode App (for Android) to bring a distraction free in-car control of Music, Calls, SMS and Navigation.
No need to look at your phone screen anymore!
Live Demo # 5:
Bixi works under any lighting condition
Bixi works via Bluetooth Low Energy protocol and the Bixi App connects Bixi to other devices based on Wi-Fi or other protocols.
You can control two devices or Apps at the same time. Simply choose them in the Bixi App, connect Bixi to your iOS or Android mobile phone and use the Bixi app to set up the device profiles you wish to use Bixi for.
Many backers have messaged us asking for API release to create their own use-cases. We've built Bixi to make gesture recognition usable by everyone and extending its use-cases is only limited by user imagination.
The API for Bixi will be available end of Q1-2017 and we call all interested developers to contact us at - firstname.lastname@example.org. The API will be on the lines of our IFTTT Channel. So you can already start using Bixi with your devices via IFTTT till the API is released.
Here are some ideas:
While voice control works, it is not without its limitations:
- Often requires a continuous internet connection
- Often limited by language & accent constraints
- Not immune to loud music & background noises
- Most importantly, not secure. (Anyone can activate and accidentally/intentionally control your home including someone talking on TV!)
Our Journey so far....
Production Update #1 (11/3/2016): This week, our manufacturing partner Flex assembled the first production quality Bixi. Our production assembly bench in being set up and test programs being optimized for quick testing of each piece. In order to ensure a sturdy, durable product we have subjected our beta units to tough tests such as drop tests on hard tiles and putting them in a hot temperature oven.
- Bixi is noted among ABI Research's 2016 'HOT TECH INNOVATORS' list.
- Consecutively in 2015 & 2016, Bluemint Labs has been selected as one of the top 28 tech startups in France & with official 'La French Tech' label.
- One of the winners of Samsung-Legrand Hackathon where Bixi controlled Legrand windows, lights & sockets via Samsung’s Artik Cloud.
- Grant award from BPIFrance.
Did you know that "bixi" is the name of a Chinese Mythological turtle? Like a turtle, Bixi is compact, sturdy and has a hexagonal shape.
Because Bixi is much more than a gadget, able to help you take full power of your connected life, we really wanted a design that gives Bixi, the look of a lovable companion.
A turtle is said to be an intelligent and wise character, and Bixi follows this path by being the only ultra-portable solution that achieves complete gesture processing locally in the device.
ST is among the World leaders in low-power micro-controllers and sensors. Bluemint Labs is hosted by ST, Grenoble, France
A world leader in glass is protecting Bixi's Gesture sensing from scratches and falls with one of its best Gorilla® Glass 4.
Bixi was selected to the 2016 HPE Milkshake Valley Startup acceleration program.
One of the biggest and most renowned electronics device manufacturers in the world, Flextronics is currently working with us to setup the production line.
Risks and challenges
From showing a working form-factor demo at CES Las Vegas in Jan' 2016 to getting close to shipping now, Bixi has come a long way. This has been made possible with a talented team, seed-funding and strong world leaders as partners for R&D and production.
At the time of launch of this campaign, we have already received first tooling results from manufacturing and they look good. We have sent those Bixis to our Alpha Testers across the world who have already appreciated the build quality.
We seem to be on-target for the first pre-series delivery early January. However, there are always risks that can delay the process of getting Bixi in (front of) your hands. These could be unexpected events on the production line such as delays by a supplier to deliver a component on time or some minor yet important product enhancements to be done.
Even when we start shipping, there's always a risk of the product getting stuck in customs, either when we are receiving the products from the factory or shipping them to you. We are taking measures though to prevent such issues.
We are committed to provide with you an exceptional user-experience with Bixi and are striving hard to achieve on time delivery. By pledging in our campaign, you have become part of our journey and we will be communicating regularly on the progress to get Bixi delivered to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Bixi connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone/ tablet/ computers. Using the Bixi App(IOS or Android) you can configure the Apps or connected devices you want to control. Each gesture matches a specific command on the connected device.
Bixi is based on next-generation Time-of-flight based optical sensors with milli-meter level precision.
There is an app for Bixi to help setup your Bixi device and other devices easily. Bixi App will be available in iOS and Android.
- All your music apps for main music/media controls
- Apple music
- Google music
- Youtube, VLC, etc,
- Action Cameras - GoPro
- Automotive apps - HUDway & Drivemode.
- Browsers - Safari, Chrome
- E-Book Readers - iBooks and many android ebook readers
- Navigation - Open Maps & Google Maps
Smart Home Devices
- Music speakers - Bose Soundtouch Speakers
- Smart Lights - LifX bulbs & philips hue
- Nest thermostat
- Garagio smart garage doors
- Legrand smart blinds
- Apple TV, Android Smart TV, Sony TV
- Sonos Speakers
- Smart Things
- Logitech Harmony
You can control two devices or apps at the same time, switching from one to another with a simple gesture.
To take control of a new device/app, quickly reconfigure the Bixi app by picking a new device in the list. We have intentionally kept it to 2 and once users get used to bixi we can add option to switch among 3 devices.
We will also add the possibility to group devices together and put them in one of the 2 profiles switchable by bixi.
As an example, you can be on your bike with Bixi on ‘Music’ &’GoPro’ profiles and control your songs and your GoPro with only gestures.
Other such examples are:
1. Music & Powerpoint presentation (office)
2. Reading & Philips Hue lighting control (home)
3. Navigation assistance & Music (on bike)
4. Music & Opening Garage door (In car)”
Bixi is charged via a hidden micro-usb port hidden behind the removable outer ring. Bixi battery lasts around 1 month and more on a single charge lasting 1-2 hours.
Bixi is always in a sleep mode until you place your stable hand above it and make a gesture, which help to avoid undesired gestures even if you move your hand accidently across bixi.
Bixi works on Bluetooth Low Energy protocol and the Bixi App is also made to not load the phone performance or battery wise. You can easily leave the Bixi app running in the background and not notice any tangible change in battery life.
We have tested and seen Bixi control our phones with 25meters distance. With walls in between, it will be reduced. For an average apartment, Bixi should be able to cover the home.
Bixi is splashproof
Bixi is made from Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 which is shock/scratch resistant.
In terms of API availability, we would release it in early 2017. We are already working with some Android App makers and have made the connectivity b/w Bixi and their App.
We have an IFTTT channel that allows users to connect Bixi with their devices. You can control your own Internet of Things device with Bixi if that device has a presence on IFTTT.
We are working on our IFTTT channel and shortly it will be live.
Bixi supports iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux
Accidental hand moves across Bixi will not cause false gestures. We have taken care of it.. Bixi will activate itself only if sees a stable hand to start with
7 intuitive gestures to start with and then we will keep adding more like rotation gestures to enable/disable a group of devices together.
User defined gestures are not possible for the moment. We use machine learning algorithms to make sure that the available gestures are accurate. You can re-map existing gestures to the controls you want.
With Bixi, you can drive safely and control your Music, Calls, Navigation, SMS, Heads-Up Display App, etc. without even looking at your phone. It's not only safer but also a much smoother experience.
For example, once configured, you can swipe right to call home, double-tap in air to accept a call (Android only), wave down to play/pause music and single-tap to switch from one use case to another (like music to phone).
Our mission is to continually extend the number of apps and devices through natively integrating them with Bixi.
At the end of the campaign we'll open a special community page to let you propose a specific integration and upvote the ones that you prefer.
Bixi connects via Bluetooth low-energy to your phones/tablets & PCs. Control of wi-fi based objects like lights, gopro uses the Bixi-App running in background on your phone as a bridge.
The App is continuously listening but does not consume power due to the use of the latest Bluetooth Low Energy 4.1 protocol.
Yes it works very well in powerful direct light - kitchen light and even power sun light. Check out the demo video on the kickstarter page.
Yes Bixi equally works well in complete darkness. Check out our demo video on the kickstarter page.
Our magnetic car mount enables Bixi to stay on the dashboard. To order the additional magnet that can be used on the wall or on the dashboard of your car, please add $5 to your pledge.
How do i change from one fucntion to another (one app to another / one device to another / one app to another device or vice-versa)
You can change from one function to another using a simple gesture.
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