Smart home company Ayi Technology launched the Ayi Smart Mirror on Kickstarter, reaching its $25,000 funding goal in one day. The mirror uses artificial intelligence and voice assistance in an object commonly found in any home. Users can use the Ayi Smart Mirror to
- listen to music
- check their schedules
- access other connected devices from brands like Nest and Philips Hue
and more. The Ayi Smart Mirror is also integrated with IFTTT, allowing it to work with many other connected devices in a smart home.
Eddy Zhong, the creator of the Ayi Smart Mirror, wants to change how the smart home looks fundamentally, he told Security Baron in an interview. Rather than having separate devices like the Amazon Echo speaker or the Google Home, Ayi makes technology that blends into existing pieces, like mirrors, countertops, and tables. Of his vision, Zhong told Security Baron,
“Technology should be there when you want it there but it shouldn’t be consuming you or always in your face. When it’s off…it’s just a normal mirror…but when you need it, it’s going to be there and only when you need is it going to have that [user interface] to help you.”
The Ayi Smart Mirror is currently available for pre-order on its Kickstarter for a price of $399. Kickstarter backers can expect to receive it in December 2019. The product will roll out to the general public in January 2020, where it will be priced at $1000. Users will be able to test out the product in showrooms in San Fransisco and Boston. Not only will they be able to try the Ayi Smart Mirror in a luxury apartment setting, but also they will be able to test out the rest of Ayi Technology’s prototypes.
How Do Consumers Feel About Connected Devices ?
A recent survey from Consumers International and the Internet Society found that 63% of people find smart home devices “creepy” in the ways in which they collect data. In addition, 73% of consumers think that users of connected devices should be concerned about eavesdropping. Despite these privacy concerns, 69% of the respondents reported that they own connected devices.
Another recent survey from Clutch and Ciklum found that the majority of people did not trust artificial intelligence to book appointments or send emails for them. As products like the Ayi Smart Mirror integrate A.I and voice assistants into the furnishings of a home itself, it remains to be seen how consumers will react. In his interview with Security Baron, however, Zhong emphasized that all Ayi products can be turned off and are off by default.