Last October, the technology start-up Nucleus raised $3.34 million in seed financing to develop its smart home intercom technology. The company said its goal was to furnish instant, hands-free communication regardless of whether users are in the same room, home or even geographical location. As profiled below at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in Las Vegas, Nucleus is a connected home device that allows families to conduct 2-way audio and video conversations in the home, among homes, or via any mobile device.
The device itself is a WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled unit that incorporates an 8-inch touch screen, wide-angle camera, and noise-canceling microphone, retailing for approximately $249. Residential users will ideally purchase multiple units at discount for different areas or rooms in a home. Once connected, the platform lets users communicate with other Nucleus devices by simply touching a picture of the room they want to connect to. Nucleus can also connect with devices outside the home, meaning a 2-way intercom system can be established between a Nucleus in one kitchen, and one in another house.
As perceptively noted by TechCrunch's Fitz Tepper: "While Nucleus is certainly a technologically advanced product, the concept of a home intercom system seems slightly outdated in a world where lightbulbs and door knobs can now connect to WiFi. Therefore, to remain relevant, Nucleus supplements its intercom functionality with a bevy of other features, including home security, voice commands, and the ability to control smart appliances. Specifically, the device will connect with products like Nest and SmartThings, making Nucleus a central interface to manage a connected home."
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