Hayo Lets You Control Your Home With Hand Gestures

Sitting in the Hayo loft, by adjusting the music with just wave of my hand and gestures makes me feel like a hybrid of Steve Jobs and also Harry Potter.

Hayo transforms the objects and spaces around you into a set of magical remote controls.

When I tap the corner of the table, the Sonos speaker usually comes on, starts playing some low-key funk. Also by running my hand along to an imaginary “slider” in midair turns up the volume. By moving my hand back down usually makes the music softer again. The guy that I’m meeting with reaches out and then taps another invisible “switch” nearby. A table fan whirs into action.

Hayo uses patented spatial analysis technology to create countless virtual remote control combinations for the connected home.

The advent of Internet of Things (IoT) has greatly seen more homes going connected. While the usual concept of controlling objects using our gestures isn’t entirely new. Hayo (pronounced high- oh) wants to completly transform objects and spaces at  home into usual virtual remote controls for IoT devices and many other connected ones.

With Hayo, Control Home Appliances With Hand Gestures

These usually self-described “tech addicts” are recently about to launch a device. That connects your smart home devices, then merging them into a single virtual remote control.

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That means now no more opening one app to adjust your camera and some another app to dim your Phillips huelight bulbs. The liberating people from a gazillion apps is the point.

Hayo Virtual remote control

“Lets take my mother for example,” says Belliot. “When she usually visits me at home she cannot use the smart TV, the Sonos, the ‘smart’ coffee maker. She’s like, ‘How does it work?’ I say, ‘You just need the app.’ Then she says, ‘I don’t want some another app!'”

And, truly, if our homes are now getting “smarter,” so that shouldn’t our guests be able to make a cup of coffee. Or turn on the Roku without figuring out about a whole new interface each time? That was what usually Zepeda and Belliot were thinking in 2010, when they found themselves about chatting with Dale Herigstad. The guy who had designed the interactive sequences in the film Minority Report. Remember those famous scenes where Tom Cruise swipes around graphics in midair by just using gloves with glowing fingertips? Zepeda, a PhD fascinated by 3D sensing technology, usually thought, “I could actually make something like this.”

While it is connected to a Wi-Fi network, place the device in the preferable room to set up. The device then scans the area and then creates a 3D image map of the room. By using the built-in cameras (a depth camera and normal camera (RGB)) and also infrared sensors.

Virtual Controls For Your Connected Home

My mind immediately goes to all those things that I could do with it in my living room. And the shocked expressions that I’d get if I skipped to the next song on my Sonos playlist. Simply by nonchalantly tapping a houseplant with just by my foot.

Meanwhile, the usual smartphone app (Android and iOS) is then used to program signals. In order to use in different parts of the room such as by waving the hand to control the speaker. And wriggling the fingers to dim the light or by tapping the fingers to turn-on the TV. Up to 15 virtual controls can be set up at a single time for each device.

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After a successful indiegogo campaing that ended in March, Belliot and Zepeda are now preparing to ship their first of the Hayo devices this fall (pre-order at hayo.io). Each Hayo cost is $299, and now so far they’re able to usually connect to more than 270,000 smart appliances. And services—plus, Hayo’s API kit is available to the developers in order so that the list of compatible apps is always growing.

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