The idea for Domotz came about when our co-founders – a home automation DIY-er, a computer networking guru and a software development wiz who insists he invented the first Tamagotchi – noticed they could no longer keep on top of the ever increasing number of electronic devices entering their homes. To make matters worse, all these devices had more complexities and “standards” than anyone could possibly need.
At the time, the home automation DIY guy – who by the way had no idea what a Tamagotchi was – had just moved into his newly built home and decided it would be a fantastic idea to connect no less than 150 different devices to his home network. Needless to say, his supposed “smart home” quickly turned into Technology Purgatory when he realized how difficult it was to manage and maintain all his cool gadgets himself. Many of his electronics often just stopped working for no apparent reason. And it always happened at the worst possible time – i.e. when he was about to use them. Instead of technology making life easier and more comfortable, he found himself spending his evenings – and many late nights – trying to troubleshoot things and then trawling internet forums and the online help sections for the devices. Ultimately he usually just ended up cursing a lot at the lack of answers. If you have ever dealt with any technology issue at home, I am sure you can sympathize with this scenario.
Rather than burning his new smart home down, our DIY guy called his two much smarter friends and together they started thinking about all the problems in the connected home that affect millions of people around the world on a regular basis. They also started imagining what would make the “smart home” deliver on its promise of making our lives easier and smarter.
That’s the story of how Domotz was created.