Revolv Receives Funding for Smart Home Automation Solution

If you’ve ever seen the AT&T commercial where there are two parents sitting on a porch and with a remote, the father is able to do things like turn off the lights and set the house alarm at another house, then whether you realize it or not, you are aware of what smart home automation is.

Although there used to be a time when we could only wish to control certain things in our home from miles away, thanks to the ever-evolving progression of technology, no longer is that the case. These days, remote controls can definitely control a lot more than our television channels. And because technology is about making things more convenient, it should be no surprise that many companies are integrating smart home automation into the products and services that they offer.

Take the company Revolv, for example. It recently made headlines for receiving approximately $4 million in seed financing so that it can mass produce what they are calling a “universal remote”. With this teardrop shaped plastic hub that comes complete with power cables and an iPhone app, customers will be able to not just lock doors and control lights and thermostats. This particular remote also comes with mini-automations as well so that you can do things like preset your stereo in order to play your favorite song in the morning or program your porch light to turn on within 15 minutes of your arrival to you house in the evening.

So how much does this kind of convenience cost? On Revolv’s website and on Amazon, it’s currently $299. Once you own the remote, all you have to do is download the app, plugin the Revolv hub and it will automatically reveal to you the wireless devices that are within the various rooms of your house; ones that you can immediately start controlling with your remote.

If you’re hesitant about purchasing one because you wonder if it might be some kind of fleeting trend, we seriously doubt that to be the case. Aside from the $4 million that Revolv raised, reportedly August Home Inc. also raised $8 million and Quirky Inc. raised an amazing $79 million (with one of their investors being General Electric) in order to also mass-produce what they are calling “connected home gadgets”. Yes, it would appear that this kind of technology will be here for many years to come.

And while smart home automation may not be able to do things like adjust your air filters and MERV ratings (at least not yet), just imagine how less stressful your life will be if you are at the airport about to take a trip and you remember that you forgot to set your house alarm or the water is running in your kitchen sink and you don’t want to come home to flooded flooring? Now thanks to smart home automation, you won’t have to worry about these types of things. Your handy remote will handle these matters for you.

And to pay $299 for peace of mind? Personally, we find it to be a worthwhile investment.

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