Apple is in talks about acquiring a home automation system from R2 Studios
According to information from the Wall Street Journal, Apple, Microsoft and Google are potential buyers of home automation system firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 group, founded by Blake Krikorian. He was the founder of Sling Media, maker of the SlingBox, which was subsequently sold to EchoStar/Dish Network.
The only social product from R2 Studios is an Android client for Crestron whole-house control system. A few years ago, Crestron has released their own clients for the iPhone and iPad.
"R2 Studios, which is developing home-media and automation technology, has remained largely mum about its plans but last year released an app that turns Android phones into touch panels for controlling heating and lighting systems wirelessly. R2 Studios also holds some patents related to controlling electronic devices and interfaces.
The status of the discussion and terms under consideration remain unclear. A deal may not happen and some talks may be preliminary."
The WSJ reports that R2 also owns several patents related to the control to "controlling electronic devices and interfaces", in addition to its existing working application. Rumors about Apple's plans to expand can be a great benefit to R2, as it seeks to remake-television viewing.
Home automation market could see a lot of activity. AT&T announced plans to get access to the market for home automation.
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