In conjunction with the launch of its Indiegogo campaign, Fantem announced feature additions to its Oomi smart home system which successfully pre-tailed on Indiegogo in January, including a redesigned controller and a unique multisensor. The new controller, Oomi Touch, is encased in edge-to-edge glass and includes both tactile buttons and capacitive touch controls, offering control of smart home devices as well as television and music. Oomi Multisensor not only detects motion, but also temperature, light and humidity. Since launching its campaign on Indiegogo, Oomi has secured over $376,090 with the help of over 419 backers for its smart home technology, swiftly crushing its $50,000 goal in an hour.
“We came to realize everyone wants something different out of their smart homes. To date, many home control systems have been too complex for those outside of the innovators and early adopters. From there, Oomi was conceived, and Indiegogo is the perfect place for us to learn what accessories allow an everyday consumer to create their ideal smart home,” commented Fantem VP, Colin Marshall. “From smart home systems with complicated installation to wearables that struggle to assimilate with our daily lives, the Internet of Things (IoT) is often overly complicated by technology for technology’s sake. Just because something can be connected, doesn’t mean that it should. Ultimately, technology should be an enabler, a facilitator, or a simplifier; otherwise it’s a failure. As consumers, we should be wary of connected devices that require us to completely alter our routines in order to make them work. IoT may be complicated in concept, but user experience should be anything but.”
Chicago-based Oomi’s Tap-and-Touch technology seeks to set itself Oomi apart from other systems by its setup and configuration. Oomi Cube, a hub with unrivalled functionality built on the Z-Wave Wireless Mesh Network Technology, recognizes system accessories and sensors without programming. Self-learning algorithms and adaptive automation allow the system to learn the user’s habits, schedules and preferences.
The campaign offers three bundles, each based on Oomi Cube and Oomi Touch. Bundles also come with a choice of Oomi accessories:
- Oomi Cube plus the choice of one of three Oomi Z-Wave accessories ($279) – limited time pricing
- Oomi Cube and three Oomi Z-Wave accessories, plus the choice of Oomi Streamer or Oomi Air ($439) – limited time pricing
- Oomi Cube, both Oomi premium accessories, and a choice of nine Oomi Z-Wave accessories ($699)
Oomi Z-Wave technology-enabled accessories include:
- Oomi Multisensor. Comprised of a motion, temperature, humidity and ambient light senor, Oomi Multisensor can be mounted, recessed, or placed on a shelf and is 70 percent smaller than leading sensors, according to the campaign.
- Oomi Plug. Wirelessly control home accessories and monitor energy consumption, all with a tiny 56mm x 56mm x 42mm wall outlet. The light band on Oomi Plug changes color to display energy use, offering real-time energy monitoring.
- Oomi Bulb. Control light output, including shade, just by screwing in this RGB bulb. With the ability to render millions of colors, the Oomi Bulb offers brilliant color or white for perfect ambiance any time of the day or night.
- Oomi Streamer. Plug the Oomi Streamer into your TV’s HDMI port and instantly access the Internet and HD video.
- Oomi Air. Monitor airborne pollutants that cause risks to you and your family and record environmental quality.
Lead by Fantem chief executive officer, Winston Cheng, the creators of Oomi boast experience in the smart home space spanning over a decade. Before founding Fantem, Cheng was a vice president at Aeon Labs, the creators of Z-Wave products, and also served as a software engineer for companies such as Zensys and Quantum3D. With its first product Oomi, Fantem seeks to facilitate consumer adoption of smart home technology by removing the complexity and frustration associated with existing systems. Oomi Indiegogo campaign ends in 58 days and notes its kits will be shipped to backers in early fall 2015.
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