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Last updated April 7, 2016

The soundtrack of your life - HELPFUL, CLEVER, LIMITLESS

iothinks makes simple speakers smart enough to stream music, read news, talk to other gadgets and more. Just plug in it to your speaker

The soundtrack of your life - HELPFUL, CLEVER, LIMITLESS

iothinks makes simple speakers smart enough to stream music, read news, talk to other gadgets and more. Just plug in it to your speaker

€7,403
pledged of €100,000pledged of €100,000 goal
71
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, April 5 2016 11:54 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 7, 2016

About

Listen to music without ever having to press play!

iothinks enhances the sound experience of your home. iothinks is a hands-free device — it knows your habits and turns on automatically when you need him.

When Sophie returns to her home, iothinks automatically launches her favorite playlist. Thanks to her Wi-Fi connection, or a system such as Smartthings, iothinks is able to detect Sophie's presence immediately upon arrival.

Wake up at the right time, with the perfect song. 

When linked to your sleep tracker, iothinks can wake you up peacefully with your favorite calm music.

Synchronize your lights and your music!

iothinks has the capability to interconnect with other connected objects in your home, such as smart lights (HUE/LIFX). This creates a cool opportunity to sync your music with your lighting to create the perfect atmosphere!

iothinks creates smart sound from simple speakers.

By connecting iothinks to your home’s existing speakers, you’ll be able to stream music, read news, check notifications, interact with other smart devices, and automate all these features according to your habits.

With iothinks, sound is more helpful than ever.

You can set up iothinks to trigger a lullaby to calm your baby when it begins to cry. The music will gradually become softer as your baby falls back asleep.

Get the weather without using your phone!

When synced with the Netatmo Weather Station, you'll be alerted of the weather each morning without even needing to check your phone!

iothinks can read you recipes!

Love to cook? iothinks can link to your various smart kitchen applications via tablet or phone. He's able to read the steps of a recipe out loud to you as you attempt to whip up a tasty meal.

And more integration !

iothinks is also compatible with IFTTT. This is the best way to get the maximum possibilities out of its available features. iothinks can trigger or be triggered by other connected devices or Internet services.

              

Open API Are you a developer? Got an even crazier idea for a feature? You can use our API to program it yourself.

How it works

Key interactions

 Connect iothinks to your speakers using the jack, optical, or coaxial connectors.

iothinks is smart sound. Although he’s a hands-free device, you can interact with him as well. For this, you have two possibilities.

The first is to use the object’s physical display. You can use the object directly to manage your music and the volume. You also have three custom buttons to trigger an event.

You can also use your phone, tablet or computer to manage it remotely with a web application.

Or dedicated mobile apps for iOS & Android

Developer/Inventor-Friendly

iothinks was founded by us: Benjamin Robitaillie and Timothy L’huillier, and we’re both developers and inventors. Since the beginning, we have been striving to create a great community so that we can use your support and feedback to give you the possibility to create as many personal interactions as possible between your life and iothinks.

When you become a backer for iothinks, you will automatically have access to our API. You can create a third party for your web services, mobile applications, and objects, as well as integrate your favorite streaming services. iothinks is limitless.

We believe in community and in open source. Our vision is to be compatible with everything related to other objects and web services.

We are Timothy L'huillier and Benjamin Robitaillie. We have created many web and mobile applications together. Two years ago, we decided to stop focusing solely on creating applications, and to make a beautiful object that would revolutionize how people experienced music and sound in their homes and lives. This inspiration came from a simple idea: that sound is everywhere and that it follows your life.

Moreover, we are music lovers, as it plays a constant role in our lives.

We created our first prototype using the Raspberry Pi and a junction box. We were able to connect it to our speakers in order to manage our Spotify and SoundCloud accounts. However, our vision wasn’t just to play music, but to create a total smart sound environment. This is why we’ve worked hard to create a device that connects to many different home objects & web services.

We loved the way iothinks worked for us in our own lives, and so we wanted to share our vision and project with a larger community of like-minded people, just like you. Our next step was creating the first prototype, which was technically functional however not very sexy. So, we teamed up with talented product designers and hardware specialists in order to develop the second prototype, which is everything we could have imagined it to be.

With this prototype, we caught the interest of Intel who were supportive enough to invite us to many international shows, including IFA in Berlin and Geek’s Live in Paris.

Intel also tweeted about the project

To date, iothinks interacts with more than 280 home objects and web services. Now Ben and Tim are ready and eager to create the perfect object not just for you but with you.

Technical Specifications

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Timeline

The iothinks prototype has been perfected, however moving into the production phase requires significant capital in order to scale. We need your help to finance the necessary development and to meet the minimum order quantities. Many months have been spent working out the details of this project, both large and small. We are very excited to finally have the opportunity to bring the comfort and beauty of iothinks to each and every one of you.

How the funds will be used

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a proven startup platform, whose community of “early adopter” vets fund and help refine new products and services in an efficient, timely manner. The traditional retail model involving distributors, middlemen and retail outlets is costly and adds no value to the actual product or service around which the manufacturer/customer relationship is formed. In fact, it is a major impediment for entrepreneurs who want nothing more than to realize their vision for a new consumer product. That’s why we highly value the Kickstarter community and its role in supporting innovation, and hope that together we can launch iothinks.

Thank you

We would like to personally thank all of you for your support.

A special thanks goes out to University of Troyes and INSSET for believing in us and supporting us every step of the way.

Risks and challenges

We are keenly aware of the risks and challenges we will face before shipping. We've broken them down into a few key areas:

PRODUCTION DESIGN & CERTIFICATION

Creating a prototype is the first exciting step, but a lot of work remains to make it home-compatible. It needs to be designed for mass production, and then certified that it is safe for consumer use. Certification is both time-intensive and costly. However, we are working with partners who have years of experience to ensure that we ship on time. With your support, we’ll be able to ensure that iothinks is safe and legal to use in your home country.

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Reliable supply chain management is critical to the success of iothinks. There are a lot of components that need to be assembled from all over the world. We have learned some valuable lessons over the last two years, and with your support we are confident we can build a world-class network of suppliers and make iothinks a reality.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

Because we are both experienced engineers and developers, we are well aware of the potential challenges that lie ahead of us in providing a product that is reliable and easy to use. Together we are a creative and ambitious team that is working hard to make iothinks the future of smart sound that you will love to use every day.

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