A touchscreen and voice-enabled mirror from this niche start-up shows users their social profiles, notifications, emails and more.
Is your home—be it the bedroom, kitchen, dining or living area—begging for an update? How about bringing in a smart mirror that is so smart that you can get updates from your social media feeds, play your favourite music or catch up the latest YouTube video, or even get a quick check on Google Maps on the time taken to reach your destination. Install a Internet of Things (IoT) based Smart Mirror from a niche start-up called HelpmeBuild, and you can do all of this and more. IoT is the future for smart homes and buildings, says Prasoon Shrivastava, founder and CEO, HelpmeBuild. “As an architect myself, I keep dabbling with the trends and future of smart homes and can foresee the importance that IoT is going to assume in the times to come. The whole idea of getting into the business of IoT products came from a deep interest in new technology and a will to merge this interest with a business opportunity we saw emerge.”
The Gurugram-based firm has come up with the Smart Mirror in the price band of Rs 65,000-1.5 lakh. Nuovo is the brand promoted under HelpMeBuild. Nuovo, like its name, deals with new-age devices and has come up with pioneering products for the Indian market. “In the IoT front, we have come up with light control devices to convert existing lighting in your homes/building into smart lighting which can be controlled through your smartphone from anywhere around the world,” says Shrivastava. “Apart from Smart Mirror, we are doing interactive screens which can be smart tables, kiosks, etc., with touch feature.” The bootstrapped start-up debuted in early 2015 as a one-stop solution for architectural and interior ideas and project execution. Nuovo debuted in 2016 with its first product, Smart Mirror. Smart Mirror can be operated by its chat bot feature through mobile app as well as voice command feature. The idea is to make homes and buildings smarter and provide users a complete package of design and build services with smarter products installed for lighting control, energy management, security management, temperature control, water management from anywhere around the world with the implementation of artificial intelligence technology in IoT products.
Since the launch in February 2017, Nuovo has received a promising response for the Smart Mirror from local as well as global markets. “Consumer feedback has enabled us to make necessary changes in the device. We have been selling through distributors and are in the process of installing mirrors in different points of sales like furniture outlets, kitchen solutions outlets, sanitary fittings outlets, electronics outlets, etc,” says Shrivastava. “We have served 100-plus customers so far and hope to achieve a turnover of Rs 25 crore by next financial year ,” he says . According to Shrivastava, India will have a $1 billion-market for home automation by 2020 and $9 billion-market for IoT products. “We want our users to have control and have access to data of different gadgets and things in their habitable space,” he stresses.