Keecker, a client robotics firm based mostly in France, has closed down. Based in 2012, Keecker raised $eight million, in accordance with Crunchbase, and was constructing a client robotic that might autonomously navigate and supply customers with leisure, safety, communication, and good house knowledge.
Pierre Lebeau, founder and CEO of Keecker, made the announcement in a weblog. Lebeau stated Keecker “ran out of money” because it was unable to search out traders to maintain the corporate going.
Lebeau stated the corporate had “over 1000 robots on the market, hundreds of customers and have seen some superb stats like three.5 hours of utilization [per] day.” Keecker didn’t obtain as a lot consideration as Jibo and Kuri, nevertheless it suffered the identical destiny, sadly. Jibo lately turned off its servers, which can severely restrict the performance of the robots within the area, whereas Mayfield Robotics shut down Kuri earlier than it was shipped to client’s properties.
Right here’s extra from Lebeau:
“Constructing a worthwhile money machine in B2C robotics is tougher and we couldn’t persuade traders to additional fund us.
“We’ve seen different like Jibo and Kuri fail final yr, we fought like canine to not observe their path, however ultimately there’s a sturdy sentiment once more client robots that we couldn’t get previous. In the long run client electronics is a troublesome market have been David is more likely to fall in opposition to the numerous Goliath.
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“Keecker was a dream, a dream to consider customers first, a dream to concentrate on shared tech (TVs, audio system) and a dream to have interaction with individuals in a way more helpful manner.
“We all know that someday, fairly quickly, huge manufacturers will launch comparable merchandise. Our dream wasn’t mistaken, we simply tackled a giant downside with little means and weren’t capable of persuade sufficient traders to get behind our venture.
“Perhaps we have been too early, perhaps we have been too costly, perhaps we didn’t attempt all attainable methods to earn cash, perhaps we weren’t adequate, perhaps we didn’t meet the proper individuals, a number of attainable causes however ultimately, I’m happy with what we achieved, I’m unbelievably happy with the crew that put all these lengthy hours to construct this product and happy with the 6 years we had at Keecker.”
Lebeau stated Keecker printed its final Over The Air (OTA) replace to all its robots on March eight, together with a brand new model of the Android and iOS apps. By means of the replace, the corporate eliminated its dependencies on its servers, which can now not perform over time. Lebeau stated the robots will proceed to perform with out requiring Keecker servers, enabling clients to nonetheless watch films and play music. Nonetheless, options comparable to distant video entry, house analytics, video conferencing and extra will disappear.
The video under offers a glimpse at what Keecker was capable of do. This story is creating and shall be up to date accordingly.