Knocki : Smart Homes Just A Tap Away
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Have you ever imagined turning any surface of your home in a remote control? There is a new gadget in the market which takes the pain of messing with switches, buttons or reaching out for phones to be in ultimate control of your home. Welcome! Knocki, a beautifully constructed device that will transform any regular surface into a smart remote. It is the easiest and quickest way to add a touch of smartness to your ordinary home without any wiring or complexity about installation.
Knocki : An Introduction
Wouldn’t it be quite fascinating if you could just tap on your kitchen countertop to turn on your favorite song? The new advancements in technology has made our life easier, but controlling it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; but Knocki offers the simplest, fun and most natural way to control the world inside your home or office.
Knocki has been developed by a Texas-based Swan Solutions. Ohad Nezer and Jake Boshernitzan are the founders of Knocki; a smart device that transforms ordinary surfaces into virtual remote controls. It is not made for just hi-fi offices; in fact Knocki will work at your home if you have a Wi-Fi connection.
How it Works?
Knocki, comes with built-in vibration-sensing technology, connects to Wi-Fi and uses AAA batteries. It is well equipped with accelerometers and when it is attached to any particular surface, it turns the whole surface into a touch interface.
Each Knocki includes a special mount featuring the SurfaceLink technology to ensure a solid connection to a surface for transmission of gesture signals. Knocki’s mount can be secured using the included 3M removable tape, or with screws.
Stick a Knocki on or under any metal, granite, marble, wood or stone surface in your home. The sensors inside Knocki respond directly to vibration, not sound, which means the Knocki hiding under your dining table won’t interfere the one clinging to the wall.
Knocki can recognize up to ten unique patterns of knock and taps, and each knock pattern can be programmed to trigger specific actions through a companion application. For instance, knock twice at a relaxed pace on your Knocki-enabled nightstand, and it will snooze your alarm.
Users need to tap out an activation knock before following it up with a knock pattern; this prevents random vibrations from triggering actions. Once the sensor detects the initiating knock, it determines whether the following knock pattern is intentional based on patent-pending methods.
It then wakes up the Wi-Fi and sends the information to a server in the cloud to trigger the appropriate action. Since Knocki decodes surface vibration using non-acoustic motion algorithms, there’s no possibility of it accidentally deciphering clapping or other environmental sounds as knocks or taps.
Once it’s set up, you can control directly supported appliances such as light bulbs and smart locks with programmable series of knocks and taps. Knocki also supports a larger universe of interoperability via IFTTT recipes, and you can group several controls together under a single knock or tap pattern.
Since the Knocki uses Wi-Fi to control connected devices, it can also work outdoors as long as the device being controlled is within range. The technology can be used for a huge array of tasks including remote monitoring. For instance, you can activate security alarms or receive text message alerts if someone knocks on your door when you aren’t at home.
If you haven’t transformed your house into a high-tech home yet, it can also control phones and other Wi-Fi connected appliances like speakers and alarm clocks. Knocki can send an alert when a washing machine stops or a mailbox is opened and closed and will help you find a lost phone by triggering a sound alert.
What’s neat about the little puck-shaped device is that it already has integration with several smart home products and apps, such as with Google’s Nest thermostat, SmartThings, WeMo Coffeemaker, Google Calendar, Spotify, and IFTTT.
- Knocki recognizes only ten different knocks, so it’s not going to handle everything a smartphone can.
- If you stick it on the wall near the front door, it’s not going to be much help turning off your bedroom lights. Hence, Knocki should be easily accessible.
- If you wanted to utilize it at several places, you’d have to buy more devices, and that cost can add up quickly.
- Several different series of knocks is just another thing to memorize.
Knocki is the new face of smart technology which gives you the freedom to control your surroundings in a smart way. Being called as an updated version of Clapper, it works better than voice controlling as the non-acoustic sensors help in differentiating random vibrations or noise in the environment from intentional gestures. It can be truly life-changing for people with mobility and vision impairments who can’t reach or see a switch, button, or phone.