Smart home startup Kirio has a new achievement recently and formed partnership with Seattle-based homebuilder buildSOUND.
New homes with Kirio’s smart home system built-in are located in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood. Since the whole automation system was integrated from the ground up, the new homes truly present what smart homes should look like, Kirio said.
Kirio’s system and all smart home gadgets were installed during construction. The houses come with smart lighting, heating and air conditioning, security system, sensors, video camera, blinds, water shutoff system, sprinkler, TV and music system. Everything can be connected via one single Kirio app.
How it connects various devices is unique compared with other models in the market. If a user owns a Wink hub, for example, as a central control device, a Philips Hue hub is still required in order to operate the smart light bulbs. Product registration with manufacturers are also often required.
In Kirio’s case, however, users do not need various passwords, hubs or accounts. On the day of moving in, homeowners only have to scan a QR code with an iOS or Android app and to press the button on the Kirio home hub. Then it’s all done. Kirio has the technology to operate all the gadgets on the cloud. All the data will be anonymized, the company said.
Kirio is compatible with around 8,000 devices from different brands. Moreover, the system can be accessed and controlled with any voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Apple Siri.
The Kirio system is powered by artificial intelligence which will learn a user’s habits and adjust the smart devices over time. For example, a father hits the “good night” button around 10 p.m. every day, but a child turns the TV back on in her room. Kirio will remember this habit and load three months of data, to check if this happens often. If so, it will offer the recommendation to adjust the routine or to keep the TV in the room on for two more hours. Users will always have the control and can decide if they’ll take the suggestion.
Kirio works directly with homebuilders and offers three packages – good, better and best. The product itself costs US$1,799 and adding sensors and more devices will increase the price. The company said it will soon help build about 300 more houses in the Seattle area.