AUSTIN, TX -- Texas Start-Up Knocki announces their launch into the consumer market today and began taking pre-orders. Knocki is a small wireless device that transforms any surface into a remote control. Knocki aims to combine the convenience of instant control, which popularized the Clapper, with the connectivity now possible with today's smart home and IoT (internet of things) devices.
Knocki can do more than turn on lights – it attaches to walls, tables, and other solid surfaces, enabling users to control a variety of WiFi connected devices just by tapping or knocking. Unique knock patterns correspond to specific user-defined functions.
For example, a Knocki attached to a front door can send a text message if the door is knocked, even when the homeowner is away. A Knocki can be affixed under a table to make the entire table's surface interactive – two knocks can be set to activate a ring on a lost phone, or three knocks can be set to turn on a TV. Users can even tap a command on a nightstand to both turn off a lamp and set an alarm.
Knocki allows users to create their own functions and also includes a large variety of automated functions that can be selected via the smartphone app for iOS and Android. Knocki will integrate with IFTTT, Wemo, Nest, Wink, Insteon, Philips Hue, and a growing list of other 3rd party platforms.
Knocki's patent-pending technology can distinguish deliberate commands from random vibrations so accidental bumps won't activate Knocki. Additionally, Knocki's non-acoustic sensors prevent random sounds from triggering functions and also enable multiple Knockis to be used in the same room.
The tech start-up, backed by Bryan-based accelerator Seed Sumo, was founded by serial entrepreneurs Jake Boshernitzan and Ohad Nezer. Knocki's co-founders have spent the summer of 2015 in Seed Sumo's class of 7 companies handpicked from over 1200 applicants.