CONCEPT

Piccolo is a gesture controlled smart home assistant. Using artificial intelligence, a depth sensing camera and motion tracking, users can use motion gestures to perform actions like turning on lights and controlling their television. Its vision is to be integrated with existing home technology such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Echo.

HOW THEY’RE DISRUPTING

‘Vision Assistants’ can offer some futuristic partnerships with current voice assistant technologies like the Alexa. Piccolo say the advancement in computer vision technologies means could mean that we make smarter applications, like an app that can detect if an elderly person has fallen or other medical emergencies.

DISRUPTION POTENTIAL

By 2020 the smart home technology market is estimated to total $40 billion. The potential to combine the vision assistant into other existing apps could open the marketplace even further.

INVESTMENTS AND FUTURE

Piccolo have raised $120k as part of the Y Combinator Start-Up Accelerator in California at the start of 2018. They currently have a waiting list to start beta testing the first 20 Piccolos, and hope to start a crowdfunding campaign soon.