Apple in Talks to Acquire 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, according to the Wall Street Journal. He was the founder of Sling Media, makers of the SlingBox that was later sold to EchoStar/Dish Network.

R2 Studios sole public product is an Android client for Crestron whole-home control systems. Crestron released its own clients for the iPhone and iPad several years ago.

Crestron

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 some patents related to "controlling electronic devices and interfaces", in addition to its existing app work. R2 could fit in nicely with Apple's rumored expansion plans, including its efforts to remake television viewing.


The market for home automation has been seeing a lot of activity recently, with former Apple executive Tony Fadell's company releasing the Nest thermostat last year. AT&T has announced plans to get into the home automation market as well.

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Top Rated Comments

gmanist1000 Avatar
151 months ago
When Siri turns into Jarvis.
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Benjamins Avatar
151 months ago
You know who Apple should buy?
Nest.
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etarip Avatar
151 months ago
Apple should buy Control4. That would be a nice fit
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Jaro65 Avatar
151 months ago
Would love to have that capability on my iPhone and iPad! My Harmony remote is not bad, but it could do so much more.
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pacalis Avatar
151 months ago
I am way, way, way ahead of all of this with my Universal Devices ISY and Insteon control of my home. I can access everything via my iPad and iPhone from anywhere on earth and know the status of appliances, HVAC, the pool pump, lighting and even the electric blanket on the bed. I can control my thermostat and the system acts as a load controller during peak demand hours. I am already living in the future today. Hehehe....ahead of the curve for once!

Somehow this doesn't sound like an impulse purchase my mother would make.
:)
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Jaro65 Avatar
151 months ago
If Apple thinks the TV is a hobby, what would they consider this? I don't see it happening.

But Tim recently stated in his Forbes interview that they have an intense interest in this hobby.
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