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PebbleBee为远程控制智能手机设备成功众筹资金

此前,PebbleBee已经用名Honey的具有蓝牙功能的设备,帮助超过3万人定位到他们丢失的个人物品。目前,PebbleBee正在研发一个新设备,使你能够在智能手机不在身边时,也能对智能手机进行操作。

这家总部位于西雅图的新创企业已经在Indiegogo为该产品募集到了超过5.5万美元的资金,这几乎是其募集资金目标的2倍。这款设备叫作Stone,不但能够定位物品,也能够远程控制智能手机上的APP。

波音公司的软件工程师Daniel Daoura同他的同事波音公司的前雇员Nick Pearson-Franks共同创立了PebbleBee。他说,同Honey的功能相比,Stone能解决不同的问题。

“虽然Honey和Stone都能定位物品,但是Honey更擅长用内部的蜂鸣器和LED,找到在房子附近的钥匙。”他解释道,“而Stone则更擅长追踪,让你在做一些平常或者必要的工作时,不必经常把手机放在附近或者手头。”

Stone是一款10毫米厚的小型设备,它应用IFTTT(If This, Then That,如果这样发生了,就那样做)逻辑,来为你正常情况下需要用手机进行的各种活动创造捷径。第一步操作设定好了之后,你就可以按下Stone上的按钮,进行各种操作,不管是打开音乐播放器,还是进行自拍。

“其他需要应用Stone的情景还包括在不够安全或者不方便使用手机的情况,”Daoura指出,“不管是吃晚餐时很尴尬,你需要援助,还是开车时,不能使用手机,或者处境危险,你根本没时间掏出手机,你只需要伸进口袋,轻轻按下Stone上的按钮,执行那时你需要并且已经预设好的程序。”

Stone不单具有防水功能,同时也能够感知运动和温度,还是一款众包的全球定位系统。

PebbleBee已经卖出了大约10万个Honey设备,Honey在塔吉特商店有售。PebbleBee是一家起初在车库开办的公司,现在拥有18名雇员,到目前为止已经募集到了30万美元,大部分资金来自于众筹活动。

值得提出的是,最近PebbleBee在亚马逊发布的新闻上宣布,将会为亚马逊的室内语音智能控制系统Echo开发一款免费的软件工具包:

Pebblebee是一家制造个性化的蓝牙定位器和感应器的硬件公司,目前它正使用Alexa工具包来帮助顾客定位物品,运用语音检查感应器。“在过去的几年,我们了解到,使用拥有很多功能的视觉应用程序,往往需要思考,而是用声音控制则能够为顾客简化了这些复杂性,”Pebblebee的共同创始人兼首席执行官Daniel Daoura说道,“使用Alexa工具包把Alexa同Pebblebee的感性信息进行整合,我们对此感到非常兴奋,顾客可以简单地问, ‘Alexa,找到我的钥匙,'或者‘Alexa,婴儿房的温度是多少?’或者‘Alexa,我的狗在附近么?’”

PebbleBee already helps more 30,000 people locate lost personal items with its Bluetooth-enabled device called Honey. Now the company is developing a new product that lets you perform smartphone commands without an actual smartphone.

The Seattle startup has raised more than $55,000 — nearly 200 percent of its funding goal — on Indiegogo for Stone, a device that not only tracks items but can also control smartphone apps from afar.

Former Boeing software engineer Daniel Daoura, who co-founded PebbleBee with fellow ex-Boeing employee Nick Pearson-Franks, said that Stone solves different problems compared to what Honey does.

“While both the Honey and the Stone track, the Honey is a better finder such as finding keys when they are somewhere around the house with its internal buzzer and LED,” he explained. “In contrast, the Stone is a better tracker and alleviates you from constantly needing your phone nearby or handy to get common or necessary things done.”

The Stone, a small device that measures 10mm thick, uses IFTTT (If This, Then That) logic to create shortcuts for various activities you normally need your phone for. After an initial set-up, you can press Stone’s button to do anything from turning on music to taking selfies.

“Other scenarios this comes in handy is when your phone is not discrete or safe enough to use,” noted Daoura. “Whether it is an awkward dinner you want to get rescued from or you are driving and can’t use your phone, or you are in a dangerous situation and don’t have the time to pull out your phone, reach into your pocket and subtly press the Stone’s button to perform the pre-loaded action you have determined you need at that time.”

The water-resistant Stone also features a motion sensor, temperature sensor, and crowd-sourced GPS service.

PebbleBee has already sold nearly 100,000 Honey units, which are available at Target stores. The company, which started in a basement and now employs 18, has raised $300,000 to date, a majority of which came from crowdfunding campaigns.

PebbleBee was also recently featured in Amazon’s press release announcing a free software development kit for Amazon Echo, the voice-enabled intelligent home speaker:

Pebblebee, a hardware company making customized Bluetooth trackers and sensors, is using ASK to enable customers to track items and check sensors using voice. “We’ve learned over the past few years that it’s not always intuitive to use a visual app with so many features. Using voice commands simplifies the complexity for customers,” said Daniel Daoura, Co-Founder and CEO of Pebblebee. “We’re thrilled to use the Alexa Skills Kit to integrate Alexa with Pebblebee’s sensor information, so a customer can simply ask, ‘Alexa, find my keys,’ or ‘Alexa, how warm is the baby’s room?’ or ‘Alexa, is my dog nearby?’”


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