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Knocki makes any surface smart by listening to vibrations

Knocki launches to make any surface smart by listening to how many times you knock on the nearby surface, and it then triggers any number of actions.



Knocki, the modern “Clapper”

Remember “the Clapper” from back in the 80’s? You’d climb into bed, then clap your hands to turn the lights off. Combine this old school system with modern smart home technology, and you get Knocki.

Knocki is a smart device that allows you to control multiple functions in your home by tapping and knocking. Simply attach Knocki to any hard surface in your home, and the device will pick up the vibrations of your knocks and taps. Set different numbers of taps or knocking patterns to complete different functions, without the need for switches or for interfacing with your smartphone.

Knocki can control most of your house

Unlike the old Clapper, Knocki responds to vibrations in the surface it’s attached to rather than to sound, so it’s less likely to be triggered by random environmental noise. Plus Knocki can control so much more than just your lights.

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You can put Knocki on your nightstand, then knock to turn on or off the lights, set or snooze your alarm, or start your coffee brewing remotely. You can use Knocki to get your phone to ring when you can’t find it, to turn on music, or to activate your security system. Attach Knocki to your front door to get a text notification when someone comes knocking, even if you aren’t home. Or attach it to your mailbox to get a text message when you’ve receive mail.

It’s pretty unobtrusive

Knocki looks like a simple white circle; it’s sleek, unobtrusive design will blend into any modern home. The device can be attached to a variety of surfaces, including wood, metal, stone, drywall, and even granite and marble.

Knocki is compatible with Apple, Android, and Microsoft products, as well as with a number of smart home devices. However, you need not have smart home devices already installed, as Knocki has a number of independent functions, like finding your lost phone or sending and receiving alert messages.

Knocki is currently available by pre-order, and there are early bird discounts available.


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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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