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Apple, Microsoft, and Google Vie for Home Automation Firm R2 Studios

Apple, Microsoft, and Google Vie for Home Automation Firm R2 Studios

Apple, Microsoft and Google are all potential buyers for home automation firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 Group founded by Blake Krikorian. He was the founder of Sling Media, makers of the SlingBox that was later sold to EchoStar/Dish Network.

The Wall Street Journal, via MacRumors:

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 only product available to the public so far from the company is an Android client for Crestron whole-home control systems.

It is reported that R2 also owns some patents related to “controlling electronic devices and interfaces.” R2’s assets could fit in nicely with Apple’s rumored efforts to remake home television viewing.

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