Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone


Innovation and start-ups go hand in hand. It is these start-ups that drive innovations in our time and are responsible for some of the most amazing concepts and innovations. Like any other field, there are quite a few start-ups that are working in the home automation niche and one such innovative start-up working in this field is Mindhelix. The home automation concept of Mindhelix is known as Rico and it utilizes your old smart phone as a tool to provide the automation services via a security app.

Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone
Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone

What is Rico?

Rico is basically a simple toy shaped device that is laden with new age sensors that utilizes that old, spare smartphone in your house to provide exciting home automation services. Even though the entire setup can work without a smartphone, it is better to use it with the smartphone app as it is expected that every household has or will have a spare smartphone in the future.

Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone
Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone

Utilities of Rico!

This exciting device is capable of pulling off many mind blowing functions on its own. Some of the most salient features of Rico are :

  • Motion detection
  • Temperature detection
  • Carbon monoxide, humidity and smoke sensors
  • Control of smart sockets

Moreover, if you add a smartphone with Rico, then you can access many more wonderful features that include WiFi connectivity, HD camera recording for keeping a surveillance of your house and also a more powerful processor (due to the phone) that allows better and speedy data processing.

Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone
Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone

Mindhelix is also planning to launch smart sockets as these can be used to control the electronic devices used in homes such as AC’s, TVs and so on. By doing so, they hope to give some utility to the old and still functional smart phones and reduce the amount of toxic wastes in the environment due to the discarding of these phones.

A device like this clears all the worries regarding the security of your place and allows you to control every security aspect of your house by the push of a button. It requires at least Android 2.2 and iOS 6 for running and cannot be run on phones having screen size more than 5.7 inches.

Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone
Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone

The initial target of $100,000 set by Mindhelix’s Kickstarter page has been met well before their stipulated time frame and they’re expected to ship the products to their backers by November 2015. An idea like this seems to be a great thing for the house and the company has partnered with many OEM’s in China for production of the devices. Also, the government of India has announced that they wish to set up IoT (Internet of Things) market in the country amounting to about $15 billion. If the plan goes right, then OEM’s would be setup in India with the help of the government in order to provide incentives to these businesses.

The village in Kochi where this entire project was conceived and put to work is a great example of the Government – private partnership and cements the fact that such partnerships can help in finding innovative solutions to the daily problems and it is a must to encourage such start-ups all over the country, most importantly in the regions that have been devoid of the IT boom till now.

2 Replies to “Rico: A Kochi-Based Start-up That Plans To Give A Job To Your Old Smartphone”

    1. Hello Zaiad, Rico is crowd-funded and to buy one for yourself you can visit the Kickstarter page mentioned in this article.

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