About this project
Meet ivee . . .
She answers questions, obeys commands, and controls other internet-connected devices.
Our world is changing, and already there are thermostats, door locks, security systems, light bulbs, and even vacuums that are connected to the Internet. How do we control all these devices? How do you manage your "Internet of Things"?
ivee Sleek is the first Wi-Fi Voice-Activated Assistant for the home that helps you manage and control your connected devices without any hands. In addition, ivee helps you set reminders, wakes you up on time, and even fetches live Internet content (like weather, stocks, and news) that is relevant to you. Our goal is to create a simpler and more natural way of interfacing with the Internet and your smart home.
We want to deliver the virtual assistant experience that you've been dreaming about for years.
Get ready to meet ivee Sleek!
What Does ivee Do?
Just say "hello ivee," and ivee will prompt you for a command. As soon as you start talking, ivee begins turning your words into actions. ivee is especially useful for those who are visually impaired or who struggle with normal computer interaction.
When ivee Sleek ships in October, she'll come with her first batch of applications. Here are just a few examples of what you might say to ivee:
- Reminders - e.g. "Remind me to pick up the kids from school at 2:45pm."
- Controls Devices - e.g. "Set the thermostat to 71 degrees."
- Alarms - e.g. "Wake me up at 6:30am.”
- Time - e.g. "What time is it in Hong Kong?"
- Weather - e.g. "What's the weather going to be like in New York on Friday?"
- Stocks - e.g. "What's the stock price of Google?"
- Sleep Sounds - e.g. "Play ocean waves for 15 minutes.”
- Bed Time Stories - e.g. “Read me a bed time story, please.”
- Settings - e.g. “Turn up the volume.”
- FM Radio - e.g. "Tune the radio to 102.7 FM.”
- Personality - e.g. "How old are you?”
ivee Sleek works on her own, right out of the box. But if you want to connect ivee to other smart devices or smart home platforms, you may do so using our online dashboard.
We are making it easy and simple for you to add other devices and personalize your experience with ivee. For example, when ivee has your cell phone number, she can text (SMS) you reminders when you’re on the go.
Using our online dashboard, you will be able to connect ivee Sleek to many third-party connected devices like:
- smart thermostats
- smart locks
- smart lights
- smart plugs
- smart home hubs
- smart blinds
- smart health monitors
- smart pedometers
- smart scales
- smart vacuums
Watch our engineer David use ivee to control a Belkin WeMo Smart Plug!
She Keeps on Learning
Every ivee Sleek that ships connects to our servers, which is what makes her smart. This means that we can add more features every month, so the ivee that you purchase today will get smarter and more capable over time.
(We're working with RooWiFi to control the Roomba by voice!)
Calling All Developers
In addition to making ivee simple to use, we are also making ivee as open as possible, by enabling developers to build on top of our open voice platform. Through the ivee Dashboard, developers will be able to access the voice platform and connect ivee to virtually any web service that they want. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
How Does ivee Work?
When you say the simple wake-up phrase, “hello ivee,” ivee awakens and waits for your verbal command or question. A beam-forming microphone array cancels ambient noise and makes it possible to talk to ivee from up to 10-15 feet away. ivee then uses AT&T’s Speech API (Watson) before sending the response on to her own system.
In addition, light and temperature sensors are used to detect ivee’s ambient surroundings, making her smart and aware.
Using natural language understanding, machine learning, and Wolfram|Alpha’s computational knowledge engine, ivee understands you and responds accordingly.
For example, if you ask ivee what the weather is like in Las Vegas, she might say, “Today in Las Vegas, Nevada, the temperature will be between 46 and 54 degrees, you can expect clear skies all day.” ivee provides both an audio and visual reply.
Our Progress So Far
We began developing ivee Sleek in February 2012, but we've been designing, developing, manufacturing, and distributing voice-activated alarm clocks for the past three years. We had the idea of a smart, Wi-Fi version of ivee at the inception of the company (before Siri!). However, it took some time to find the right team and partners. Finally in February of last year, we were able to put the right pieces together. After nearly one year of active development, we debuted two working prototypes in January at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We are now on track to bring ivee Sleek to market this year, and we need your help!
Our next steps are to finish tooling the plastic housing for mass production, finish the ivee voice platform and online Web dashboard, and add more domains (or applications) so that ivee can understand more than what we've shown above. We have broken out our hardware and software timelines for you to review below:
Software Timeline (for final phase of development):
Hardware Timeline (for final phase of development):
Your Kickstarter contribution will help us bring ivee to life. It will allow us to complete the next steps in our timelines above, like government certifications (FCC, ESD, and CE), tooling with our manufacturer, software development, and purchasing the first round of materials to start production. The more that you are able to pledge, the more applications we'll be able to develop for ivee!
We are a small startup from Los Angeles, California made up of two engineers (David and Puneet), one designer (Eran), one logistics guru (Randy), one founder (Jonathon), our bookkeeper (Alice), and our intern (Shane)! We also have several technology partners who have teamed up with us to help make this project happen.
***For $199, ivee will learn your name. You will be able to ask ANY ivee in the world, "Who is <your first name> <your last name>?" and ivee will repeat a short bio that you provide to us. Everyone will know how you've helped contribute to our KS campaign!***
- $1 - backer only updates
- $15 - ivee fan pack
- $149 - 1 ivee in pearl white or night black (limited to 200)
- $179 - 1 ivee in pearl white or night black
- ***$199 - 1 ivee in pearl white or night black*** (limited to 50)
- $1,000 - custom ivee - choose color, finish, voice (limited to 5)
- $5,000 - meet the ivee team in LA and choose an ivee (limited to 5)
- $10,000 - visit the factory in Asia and choose an ivee (limited to 5)
ivee's Technical Specifications
- ARM9 400 MHz Processor
- 128MB Memory
- 256MB Flash Storage
- TFT LCD 4.3” Display (480x272)
- Dual Beam Forming Microphones
- Hi-Fi 45mm Speaker
- 802.11 Wi-Fi b/g (WPA/WPA2-PSK support)
- Embedded Linux
- Temperature Sensor
- Light Sensor
- Built-in Rechargeable Battery*
- AC adapter (included)
*Rechargeable battery backs time, date, and alarms.
(Note: USB out allows you to charge any USB device, like a smart phone)
Thank you Kickstarter community for helping us make this happen! We greatly appreciate your contribution and your support! We would also like to give a special thanks to Logical Approach Engineering, AT&T's Speech API team, IN(D)2 Studios, and Top Team Manufacturing.
Risks and challenges
First, achieving perfect speech recognition across many accents and speakers is never easy. We’re working closely with our speech recognition partner (AT&T) to optimize our recognizer’s accuracy, and we’re also developing software techniques to handle recognition errors intelligently.
Second, we want ivee to connect to as many smart home devices and platforms as possible, but before we can connect ivee to a new device, we first need to learn its API (Application Programmer Interface). The challenge is, many companies do not publicly share their API’s, and the ones that do usually communicate with different protocols. Luckily, we have developed relationships with a few key smart home platform partners that will enable us to quickly get ivee talking to all of the most popular smart home devices listed above.
After we're funded, we want to add more applications like Movie Times, Traffic, Internet Radio, Calendar and more. We'd love to learn what applications you would like to see in ivee, so please let us know! Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathon and his team have been designing, making and selling voice-activated alarm clocks for the past three years. Their customers have continued to ask them “when will an Internet connected version come out?” In January at the 2013 CES show, they debuted ivee Sleek, a Wi-Fi voice-activated assistant for the home. During the initial unveiling, ivee received media attention from CNET Crave, New York Times, Financial Times, and even NPR. The ivee team is made up of three engineers (David, Puneet, and Shane), one designer (Eran), one logistics guru (Randy), one founder (Jonathon), and our bookkeeper (Alice). ivee also has several technology partners who have teamed up to help bring ivee to life!
No, not yet. We are making ivee work with several SmartHubs that do (one of them being Lowe's IRIS).
Not on the first release. The first release will only support English. However, because ivee is Internet-connected (and processes the speech recognition in the cloud), yes, we can swap out the recognizer to a different language, down the road.
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