Future Home, a Norway based startup that creates smart homes with a few new twists, managed to secure their funding goal on Indiegogo with just hours left on the clock
It was a super close race against time for the smart home creating startup Future Home. With just 22 hours left on their campaign clock, they were still $50,000 away from their $200,000 goal on Indiegogo. But somehow—whether by providence or super promotional skills—when the clock ran out they came in at just over $200,000. Now, we may all have a chance to see just how smart these people are.
Erik Stokkeland, Sigbjorn Groven, Eivind Evensen, and Bjarne Handeland, all engineers, founded the company after becoming fed up with the existing smart home options out there. Like most smart home solutions, this one allows you to control all aspects of your home like appliances, intelligent lighting, you window blinds, climate, security, and more, right from an app that you download onto your smartphone—only in addition to the usual features, Future Home aims to bring a set of more innovative solutions to the market.
“We started Future Home to make a smart home system that ‘just works’ for everyone. With Future Home we wish to empower people to get complete control of all the electronics in their home; all from a single application,” the company stated on their Indiegogo campaign page.
What’s so different about this smart home?
The system runs off of an easily installed Smart Hub, which communicates with Smart Plugs, switches, magnet contacts, temperature sensors, and occupancy sensors, all of which can be adjusted and controlled by an app that is downloaded to the user’s smartphone. The Smart Hub may be the first of its kind, by using a commercially available smart home gateway that runs on a Raspberry Pi Computer Module.
There’s no need for wiring with the system, as Future Home packages communicate wirelessly over RF signal, a feature that not only cuts on cost, but also allows for unlimited flexibility. If that’s not impressive enough, try the fact that you don’t need batteries either. The switches that operate the Future Home system run off of kinetic energy to send the required signal to turn on or off your lights. The system even features temperature sensors that run on solar energy, and can easily be added on to if you wish to expand in the future.
“Our ongoing goal is to make sure this is future-proof; that it keeps up with the rapid technology advancement that is constantly ongoing,” said Stokkeland. “Unlike existing wireless [smart home] solutions, Future Home offers completely maintenance-free switches and sensors.”
Though it was a close one, we’re glad that Future Home reached their funding goal and cannot wait to see what they bring to the world of smart homes.
To see how Future Home works—and have a little fun—check out the interactive demo, where you can see a live view of the Future Home office and control everything from their window blinds to their coffee machine.