CES Startup Preview: Knocki Returns To Eureka Park, A Device That Turns Anything Into A Remote Control
If you’re tired of trying to figure out what kind of remote control thingamajigs you need for your smart home, why not turn every flat surface in your house into a remote control. That’s absolutely possible thanks to the smart technology from Austin startup Knocki and their device called, well Knocki.
When you attach the Knocki to any surface it immediately turns that surface into a touch surface. You can turn the coffee table, the window, the door, the bathroom sink, the dog house roof, the mailbox, the kitchen counter, the refrigerator door, just about any flat surface into a control surface with Knocki. This is the kind of technology that Steve Jobs and Jony Ive would have dreams about, and it’s real and you can see it now.
If you set Knocki up on the underside of the table, knocking, or tapping on the table will trigger the action you’ve set up. For example, you can knock on the table two times to turn a light off. Perhaps you want to set an action to find your lost phone, three knocks and your phone is found.
According to the founders Knocki is “the simplest, most natural, and accessible way to control the world around you.”
Knocki can integrate with Nest, Phillips Hue, August and Kevo smart locks and a slew of other connected devices. It’s easy for the user to program, and you can program the Knocki for multiple interactions. Knocki can be programmed for 10 separate functions. The best part is that Knocki’s sensors know when it’s being knocked as opposed to the normal “hustle and bustle” of everyday life. If you have Knocki attached to your desk and you put your laptop down, you don’t have to worry about accidentally opening the garage door.
Knocki is often compared to The Clapper, the Knocki team quickly distinguishes itself from the 1980’s staple device saying “with Knocki your dog isn’t going to bark and turn the lights off”. With it’s aged technology the Clapper often turned lights on and off at any loud noise.
Check out this video interview from last year’s Eureka Park at CES and make sure you visit them this year at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51646 and online at knocki.com