So, where do we go from here? Well, we’re already working on some enhancements to the RedEye system. For example, we have some ideas on how we can take advantage of Internet connectivity through the iPhone to do some things that you just won’t find in other remote controls. And we have two new products in the works that we plan to release in the middle of 2010.
As we add more features to the RedEye platform, it may make sense for us to release software versions for other mobile phones. To be honest, there isn’t much that is iPhone-specific about the current system — only the charging connector. In other words, if the demand is there we may be develop client software for other Wi-Fi-capable phones, such as the Palm Pre, Blackberry Storm, or Motorola Droid.
Another thing we are considering is a move toward home automation. People have been imagining connected or “smart” homes at least since the 1950’s, but even today there is not a satisfactory system that most people can afford. However, as Wi-Fi networks have become more ubiquitous, we think there is a chance to see this market change.
Of course there are lots of other places where we can see the opportunity to make technology more useful and easy to use. We haven’t completely given up on our original digital photo idea, for example. And we have other thoughts. We’re also interested to see how people will use what we have already created — there may be some interesting surprises for us to discover. As always, we’d love to hear what you think.