Ayi Smart Mirror Reaches Kickstarter Goal

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.

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Instacart on the Ayi Smart Mirror. Photo provided by Ayi Technology.

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.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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