Leeo blends seamlessly into any home, while the ambient light setting turns on a soft light when it’s dark. Easily change the color right in the app for soothing or dramatic lighting effects. Simply rotate the outer ring to change the brightness.
About the Startup
Describe your product in 3 words.
Comforting, enlightening, beautiful.
Where did you get the inspiration for your product?
In our previous company, RoboteX, we designed and manufactured first responder robots for hundreds of federal, state, and local government agencies across the world and saw how our robots quickly became an essential part of first responder strategy and tactics. Everything was becoming interconnected and intelligent. We kept thinking about ways we could translate this technology into the consumer space. That’s why, when Adam’s family friend’s house burned down and they lost everything they owned (including their cats), we were deeply affected. If a home had working smoke alarms and Wi-Fi, and its owner had a smartphone, why couldn’t they be alerted when something went wrong? Our friends eventually rebuilt their home. We put together an amazing team, including our chief designer Robert Brunner (former chief designer of Beats by Dre and head of design at Apple) and chief operating officer Charles Huang (founder of Guitar Hero), to build Leeo with the mission of providing beautiful products and services that provide peace of mind and make you say, “Wow."
What differentiates your product from similar products out there?
Leeo is extremely easy to use. Just plug it in and connect to your home’s WiFi. That’s it! And because it listens for the frequency of your existing smoke/CO alarms, you only need 1 for a typical home – much cheaper than replacing all of your existing alarms. It has additional features like millions of hues and temperature/humidity monitoring, too.
Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.
We knew we wanted the Leeo Smart Alert to be beautiful – something you'd be proud to display in your home. Even though sensors have become smaller over the years, it was a huge challenge to fit both the sensor technology and power supply into its current form factor. We went through dozens of iterations until we were happy with the size. One of the best parts was working with our chief designer Robert Brunner and chief product strategist Matt Rolandson. Their team brought so much energy and expertise in designing not just a beautiful product, but a striking and enlightening brand. And there’s more to come!