Keymitt Aquires Naran Microbot Line

Hmmmm…

Keymitt, A start up in Luxenberg that makes Bluetooth smart locks similar to the Nuki has acquired “all the intellectual property“ related to the Naran microbots, And is already selling the rebranded second generation push microbots.

As I’ve written before, I have some of the push micro bots and liked them, although technical set up was pretty complicated and I stopped recommending them after they switched to a per month subscription model and The Switchbots became available from another company. But I still like the push microbots better: they have better engineering and more features. They are also almost twice as strong. So if this saves them, that’s a good thing from my point of view.

You will need a keymitt Wi-Fi hub to go with them and then you can use them with the keymitt app, but trust me, that’s way better than what you had to do with the original version. (The first generation microbots will not be compatible.)

I’m a little concerned about the Keymitt company because I see a lot of overpromising. Very Kickstarter mode stuff.

They claim that it is compatible with both Ifttt and HomeKit, but they are not listed on either of those websites, so I suspect they are just using webhooks and some workarounds. But I can’t tell for sure yet. (I also suspect that although they are saying “HomeKit compatibility“ they really mean “works with Siri“ through Siri shortcuts. Which is nice, but not the same thing.)

But like I said, I really like the microbots, so I hope they do find a future. :sunglasses:

@rboy

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The email:


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Dear MicroBot customers,

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The MicroBot family is an amazing set of technologies developed to improve human lives. Over the years, we at Keymitt, had become very close to it and co-developed access control solutions using Push and Hub. The more we progress in the development, the more we believe in the value of retrofitting gadgets, and finally decided to acquire the entire MicroBot intellectual properties from Naran Inc.

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With this new acquisition, we are now in a unique position to keep the MicroBot business going and growing. Our team will keep supporting its legacy systems and even work towards improvements and possibly new MicroBots in the future.