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Voice controlled home-assistant Homey secures 1 million euro

Athom, a startup from Enschede that designed the voice controlled assistant (Homey) for smart devices in your home, secured 1 million euro from a group of private investors.

Homey, as the product is called, was previously successfully funded on Kickstarter (100K). The new investment round will be used to actually bring the product to the market.

“It enables us to boost our production, build up stock and expand our team”, say founders Stefan Witkamp and Emile Nijssen who founded the startup in 2014. “This is the last step towards a mass-market introduction after the summer.”

Homey is a consumer product that incorporates entertainment systems, multimedia and online accounts into home automation combined with voice control.

Homey and smart devices

“Everyone has more and more smart devices, but through lack of collaboration, homes and environments stay dumb”, declares Witkamp. Next to remote controlled home appliances, Homey will feature support for multimedia-systems like SONOS, media centres and television and is able to connect to social networks, calendars and e-mail.

Homey is an open platform with its own app store and is compatible with modern-day smartphones. New functionalities can be added through Homey apps.

 
Photo: from Athom company website

Suzanne Blotenburg
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