Connovate Technology, makers of the Gecko bluetooth tags, has been acquired by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company Binatone for an undisclosed amount, reports The Economic Times. Following this deal, the two year-old Bangalore-based company will merge with Binatone’s subsidiary Hubble Connected and will also get access to the 1500 stores in United States and 1000 in Europe that Binatone has a presence in. The report also mentions that Gecko will be bundled with home, pet and baby monitoring solutions that Binatone sells under Motorola’s brand. Last year, in November Connovate had raised $135,410 through the crowfunding platform Indiegogo. At the time it had also received pre-orders for 7500 devices, mostly from the US, the UK and Germany, including 500 from India. Gecko allows people to control and spot various objects around them using a smartphone. Besides tracking, the device can also be used to trigger a camera, change music using gestures, motion detection, and smart leash, among other features. Other products: Connovate’s other product is Weight Smart, which is quite similar to Fitbit Aria except that it uses Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi. The device comes with its own custom app using which a person can log weight and even connect to Run Keeper to create some actionable information from it. Based on this blog post Connovate seems to be focused on the fitness category. It’ll be interesting to see what device(s) the company comes up with next. Other Indian ‘Internet of Things’ companies Internet of Things (IoT) basically refers to…
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