This past year, gesture detectors that can help you turn any surface into musical devices, painting canvases and remote controls have been the rage, with crowd funding organizations like Kickstarter and Indiegogo providing the necessary backing for these ambitious projects.
Knocki is one such success story. And Welle is on its way to becoming one.
What do these two devices have in common? They’re both gesture detectors that are capable of turning any surface into a remote control for smart devices.
So, Knocki first: this is a “small wireless device that instantly transforms ordinary surfaces (walls, tables, doors, furniture, countertops, & more) into powerful yet easy to access remotes for your favorite devices and software.”
Knocki started off with a campaign on Kickstarter with co-founders Jake Boshernitzan and Ohad Nezer, who went on to raise over more than a million on this site. All in all, Knocki surpassed its initial goal by 3000% when opened to public crowdfunding – all this after they had their initial seed funding secured.
Users can choose which devices they want to control through Knocki. The tasks can range from simply turning on/off lights to setting alarms, controlling the television/music players, and turning on the coffee maker. Integration partners include Phillips, Spotify, Samsung, IFTTT, WEMO, Nest Thermostat and many more smart home devices.
The commands are activated using different knock patterns – single, double, triple, knocks with gaps in between etc. Knocki utilizes non-acoustic sensors to distinguish deliberate tap or knock patterns, allowing users to create different sequences to activate unique processes.
On the other hand, Welle is a device that uses similar technology but differentiates itself on one very crucial account: Knocki claims to make controlling life at home easier and yet expect you to remember every knock combination you’ve fixed for all the different devices you have at home.
Alternately, Welle lets you control relatively easily using handwriting recognition. Instead of assigning knocks or similar hard to remember ‘patterns’, Welle lets you assign a particular hand-written letter. So, “C” controls the Coffee Machine, or “S” for speakers. After taking control of the targeted device with the assigned letter, users can then use the second-level gestures such as “roll right” to turn up volume or “slice right” to skip to the next song for additional control.
From the get go, Welle manages to impress with their pitch. However, Knocki, on the virtue of having been on the playing field longer, has manufacturing and funding upper hand, already far ahead on both accounts. Welle has crossed its Kickstarter initial target of $20,000 four times over, with the campaign still running. Its integration partners more or less cover everything that Knocki has, but production still has time to go.
Regardless, the point is, home tech is being revolutionized with every new Kickstarter campaign these days. Today, the possibilities are endless for what you can truly do with just the click of a button, or in these cases, not even that.