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Lights, Camera, Appliances: Branto's Smart-Home Orb Controls It All

January 8, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Josh Constine / TechCrunch

A smart home hub is a dumb purchase if most of your appliances aren't smart, too. So Ukrainian startup Branto developed a hub that has a built-in 360-degree camera and speaker for security and telepresence, in addition to being able to operate gadgets over Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and infrared. That's a lot of functionality for $399, and it works even if your power or Wi-Fi goes down.

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Today, Branto unveiled its stylish little smart orb at TechCrunch's CES Hardware Battlefield, and its now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

The Branto team started the company because it was frustrated by expensive smart-home hubs that only worked with devices few people own. "A really well-equipped smart home system will cost about $50,000. That sum seemed exorbitant," Branto CEO and serial entrepreneur Max Mets says.

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