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Finalist | Cozify (Finland) – Revolutionizing Home Automation

cozify quadratOur CODE_n15 Finalist Cozify wants to bring home automation to everyone. We talked to Antti Vihavainen, business developer at Cozify, about the origins of the idea, their vision, as well as the rather surprising results of their own market research.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): It originated directly from the need of Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, the co-founder and CEO of Cozify. He was renovating an old house to be used as the home for his family and planned to invest in home automation. However, it turned out that traditional home automation is cumbersome to design, buy, implement and use. Moreover, the result would be static and not evolve as technology develops during the life cycle of the house. So Kimmo and Tony Risikko, the other co-founder, decided to revolutionize home automation by enabling retrofitting with state-of-the-art smart devices and easy automation of actions.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): Based on our own primary market research which was conducted in Finland, Germany and the USA, we have determined that there are three distinct consumer target groups with slightly varying preferences regarding application area (comfort/security/energy), functionality and pricing. Right from the beginning the product was planned for use by the early majority and not the early adopters – even if their developer access needs will also be accommodated.

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Dirk Baranek

ROBOCHOP – the CODE_n15 installation

Hall 16 of this year’s CeBIT will be dedicated completely to CODE_n and the topic “Into the Internet of Things”. To visualize this theme, an interactive installation ROBOCHOP, created by renowned Munich designers Kram / Weisshaar, will be part of the exhibition. ROBOCHOP is composed of 4 industrial robots which slice objects out of cubes. These objects are designed via web app by internet users worldwide. The cubes will be produced on location, packed and sent to the users at no cost.

ROBOCHOP

ROBOCHOP TEST CELL
Photo by Matthias Ziegler

What is ROBOCHOP? ROBOCHOP is the central, interactive installation of CODE_n15 in hall 16 of CeBIT.

ROBOCHOP is an interactive robotic installation by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram commissioned by GFT on the occasion of CODE_n supported by CeBIT, EY, Salesforce, Accenture, EnBW, TRUMPF and KUKA

ROBOCHOP uses the communication process of the Internet of Things and especially one of the central ideas of the “industry 4.0″ concept: consumers can develop their products themselves and communicate directly with the producing machines. Utilizing a web app, users manipulate the raw material – a cube measuring 40 x 40 x 40 cm – to create an individual object. The finished product is then packed and shipped to the user. ROBOCHOP is expected to produce up to 2,000 objects from these cubes during CeBIT.

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We present CODE_n15 Top 50 Finalists from 17 countries

Mission accomplished: Out of 400 startups from all over the world, 50 are now finalists of this years CODE_n CONTEST “Into the Internet of Things”. From March 16-20, those handpicked young entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative Digital Life, Future Mobility, Smart City and Industry 4.0 solutions as part of our CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT.

Selected by looking at criteria such as degree of innovation, quality of business case, quality of presentation or technological innovation, all 50 finalists have five days to connect with one another and to showcase their idea and business models to visitors, potential partners, investors and customers.

“In some cases you actually find yourself saying ‘I should have thought of that myself’. But in every single case, the dedication, technical expertise and vision displayed by our finalists to implement their ideas is truly impressive.”

says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and Initiator of CODE_n

Curtain up for the 50 CODE_n15 finalists from 17 countries:

Digital Life

 

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aisoy

aisoy builds a revolutionary emotional robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, aisoy enhances creativity through discovery combined with a new class of personal robotic platform for an innovative educational concept.

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Ambiotex

ambiotex produces a smart sensor shirt for health conscious individuals, who have the desire to analyze their vital data and to improve their performance. The shirt combines fitness monitoring technology with state of the art textiles to obtain an innovative high-tech shirt which measures data such as heart rate variability (HRV), respiration rate, training performance and stress levels.

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Connected Health

Connected-health.eu builds a secure connection between doctors and patients.
Our product LifeTime allows patients to transfer health data be it medical history or data acquired by wearable tech devices in the doctor’s office locally & securely from and to their smartphones.

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Cozify Oy

Cozify is an easy and intelligent service to simplify the use of smart devices at home. The goal is to bring home automation to everyone. Cozify hub easily automates smart devices across different manufacturer specific silos.

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Dirk Baranek

Industry 4.0: When factories get smart

The Internet of Things (IoT) is branching out rapidly into different areas, and this development will not pass by modern industrial manufacturing unnoticed – in fact, it has the potential to significantly improve efficiency. As products become evermore “made to measure,” systems and processes will need revamping. This general trend is being referred to as Industry 4.0. In this post, we’d like to take a look at what people mean by the term applied to the “fourth industrial revolution.”

The idea of Industry 4.0 has not been around all that long. It first appeared on the radar in 2011 at an annual industrial trade show in Hanover, Germany. To get a feel for the scale of the fourth industrial revolution this set underway, it would be useful to look again at the three revolutions we’ve already experienced and examine how much they’ve shaped our lives and work.

  • The 1st industrial revolution raised the curtain on mechanical production using the power of water and steam, simultaneously lowering the curtain on a world solely shaped by agriculture and manual trades. Using fossil fuels to produce goods opened the door to unimaginable advancements in manufacturing and this raised the standard of living for millions of people.
  • The 2nd industrial revolution was a time of optimization in industrial manufacturing and continuing advancements in the distribution of work. Production lines and 8-hour shifts are symbolic reminders of these developments. Hand in hand with these changes came the expansion of electricity and the ascendance of the chemical industry, which opened up completely new fields of industrial manufacturing.
  • The 3rd industrial revolution is a child of our times, most poignantly symbolized by the computer. The digitalization of many work processes and communication channels has shot the industrial manufacturing of goods into the fast lane, simultaneously facilitating global work distribution.
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Dirk Baranek

First Look at Design of CODE_n15 by Kram/Weisshaar

Internationally renowned designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have been commissioned to design the CODE_n exhibition, housed in the monumental space of CeBIT’s Hall 16. For the Hall’s design, the Internet of Things will be materialized as a series of interconnected objects and booths suspended in a web of scaffolding. Visitors will be able to traverse floating hallways and platforms populated with the latest and most innovative developments in the IoT.

The exhibition space will be anchored with an interactive robotic media installation entitled ROBOCHOP which invites internet users from across the world as well as fair attendees to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time. Weisshaar and Kram will develop an app that allows the global community to engage with the giant robotic arms sculpt material in situ.

With ROBOCHOP, we are actualizing and personalizing the Industrial Internet. The often intangible web of technology becomes a concrete, interactive experience that nonetheless remains a taste of a not-so-distant future,

proclaims Weisshaar. “The exhibition architecture parallels this condition by galvanizing the dialogue between new-guard company founders and industry titans.”

We have published some screens of the slides, presented by Clemens Weisshaar 31st July 2014 at a press conference in Munich. You’ll find these pics in our channel at Flickr.

Robochop by Kram/Weisshaar

Robochop by Kram/Weisshaar

Dirk Baranek

Video: Interview with Andrea Wlcek

At the CeBIT press conference end of july in Munich we talked with Andrea Wlcek, marketing director of CODE_n initiator GFT Technologies AG, about the next edition of CODE_n, which will take place at CeBIT in March 2015. CODE_n15 will again feature a startup contest starting in September 2014 but furthermore will be an innovation platform for startups with a lot of activities in the following months.

Andrea Wlcek: “The whole idea of CODE_n is to drive the innovation. Especially here in Germany we are very slow in bringing the innovation into the markets. The idea is to bring the smartest brains to a special topic together. In this year it will be the Internet of things.”

Andrea Wlcek

Video: Interview with CODE_n Designer Clemens Weisshaar

At the CeBIT press conference end of july in Munich, we talked with Clemens Weisshaar, Co-founder of the Munich based agency Kram/Weisshaar. Clemens was responsible for the stunning concept of CODE_n at the CeBIT 2014, covering the topic Big Data, for which we got a lot of positive feedback.

Clemens is currently working on the design of the CODE_n15 presentation in hall 16 at the CeBIT next year. At the press conference he showed first sketches of his ideas. In the video he talks with us about his concept for presenting next year’s CODE_n topic “Into the Internet of Things” and his personal approach to this topic.

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CODE_n delves ‘Into the Internet of Things’

Robotic Media Installation at CeBIT makes manifest Industry 4.0

The theme of this year’s CODE_n Contest is the Internet of Things (IoT), a nascent, future-facing development of the Internet wherein objects and systems are embedded with computing power and are able to communicate with each other. The contest seeks the most exciting founders and companies whose endeavors are leading the charge of this global, technological phenomenon. The 50 finalists will exhibit their leading-edge business cases in the 5,000 square meter space of Hall 16 during the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Germany.

The Internet of Things describes the ever-increasing networking capabilities of machines of all scales – from quotidian objects and wearable devices to vehicles, entire factories and cityscapes. Organized around the respective sub-themes DIGITAL LIFE, SMART CITY, FUTURE MOBILITY and INDUSTRY 4.0, both the CODE_n competition and subsequent exhibition at the CeBIT Fair will address this widespread digitalization of the physical world.While recent data suggests that 17% of the world’s software developers are working on IoT projects, the competition is set to showcase the most exciting and important proposals for maximizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

“We pick up where Big Data left off: with a globally relevant theme that is massively shifting the fields of economics and science,” proclaims Ulrich Dietz, initiator of CODE_n and CEO of the GFT Group.

“The Internet of Things is pushing companies to fundamentally rethink the way they do business. Groundbreaking ideas from the highly energetic startup scene are essential to take this vast, interconnected network to the next level and unlock possibilities yet unseen in the Internet of Things.”

Internationally renowned designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have been commissioned to design the CODE_n exhibition, housed in the monumental space of CeBIT’s Hall 16. For the Hall’s design, the Internet of Things will be materialized as a series of interconnected objects and booths suspended in a web of scaffolding. Visitors will be able to traverse floating hallways and platforms populated with the latest and most innovative developments in the IoT.

The exhibition space will be anchored with an interactive robotic media installation entitled ROBOCHOP which invites internet users from across the world as well as fair attendees to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time. Weisshaar and Kram will develop an app that allows the global community to engage with the giant robotic arms sculpt material in situ.

“With ROBOCHOP, we are actualizing and personalizing the Industrial Internet. The often intangible web of technology becomes a concrete, interactive experience that nonetheless remains a taste of a not-so-distant future,”

proclaims Weisshaar. “The exhibition architecture parallels this condition by galvanizing the dialogue between new-guard company founders and industry titans.”

This very approach finds its digital counterpart in form of CODE_n CONNECT, a platform dedicated to creating a sustainable exchange between entrepreneurs, SMEs, established industrial powerhouses and investors.

Oliver Frese, Head of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe AG, says,

“the home of CODE_n, Hall 16, will once again be the center of fresh, exciting business cases at CeBIT.”

 

Call for Entries for the Innovation Contest starts in September

Startups that want to participate in the CODE_n Contest can register via www.code-n.org as of early September 2014. Eligibility standards include: companies founded in 2010 or later and whose business model leverages the Internet of Things. Deadline is November 30, 2014.

The 50 finalists will receive a free exhibition space in Hall 16 as well as a permanent presence on the digital platform CODE_n CONNECT. The winner will receive the CODE_n Award and a grand prize of €30,000.

For more information, please visit: www.code-n.org

Click here for the full press release.