Your grill? They’ve already conquered that. Your shower? That’s coming soon. So what’s next?
“You can literally walk around your house and there are so many consumer products you could control from your phone,” iDevices CEO and West Hartford native Chris Allen said.
iDevices, who recently moved into a new office in Avon, got its start in 2008 with a provisional patent for iGrill, a wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer that allows you to track your meat’s temperature from your Apple device with its free app. The idea was in place but they weren’t quite sure how to get everything working the way they intended. On a whim Allen contacted Apple and within two hours Craig Kiethley, a technology evangelist at Apple, got back to him offering assistance.
iGrill launched in December 2010 in the Apple Stores and on their own website. In January 2011, they went to CES which led to appearances on “Good Morning America,” “The Early Show,” “The Today Show” and an article in The Wall Street Journal. Approximately 50,000 iGrills have been sold since its launch in December 2010.
The iGrill app is going to be receiving a really neat update soon, too. The update will include Facebook, Twitter and geolocation integration so users can take pictures, share recipes and see what people are cooking around the world.
At this year’s CES, iShower, a Bluetooth, waterproof, shower speaker was launched and will be released to the public on May 1. iShower streams music from any Bluetooth-enabled device into your shower and also informs you if you’ve received any text messages or missed calls if your cell phone is connected.
Allen also said to expect what he referred to as new “blockbuster” products as we get closer to the holidays. Unfortunately, that’s all he could say for now.
What iDevices is doing isn’t just limited to the house, though, as they’ve partnered with Targus to develop iNotebook, a perfect tool for any busy college student. iNotebook uses Bluetooth-enabled handwriting recognition allowing you to write on regular paper and have your notes streamed to your iPad in realtime in your own handwriting. iNotebook will be released in June.
The state has taken notice of the innovative ideas coming out of iDevices. Connecticut Innovations committed $150,000 in funding that was used for research and development for iShower and to bring on some new employees. Allen hopes to have that all paid back by the end of the year.
Allen and the rest of the iDevices crew appear to have everything in place for a very successful future. In fact, Allen would like to bring iDevices to a $100 million corporation within the next three or four years.
“Some of the things we have coming will allow us to do that,” he said.
iDevices is looking to hire, so people with expertise in embedded software, electrical & mechanical engineering, marketing, computer science or any other related fields can email their resume to careers@iDevicesinc.com. Interns are also wanted. iDevices offers paid internships and will provide nearby housing if needed.
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