Ingenious

2 February 2017 

Sophisticated connected home device wins BT Infinity Lab competition

invoxia - BT Infinity Lab competition winners 

Triby, a voice-controlled smart device that gives users access to a range of telephony, IoT and web services has scooped first prize in the latest BT Infinity Lab competition.

Developed by telecommunications firm invoxia, Triby is designed to be placed at the heart of the connected home. It combines a built-in Alexa voice service with hands-free calling, VoIP, messaging and other smart features.

The connected device and its ability to integrate popular apps such as Spotify and Audible with sophisticated native services impressed the judges at the competition final held at the BT Tower in London.

Exploring the potential

Will Pryke, head of the BT Infinity Lab, said: “For BT the Infinity Lab competition is all about discovering innovative companies with great products. invoxia, with it’s amazing Triby device, ticks all the boxes. We now look forward to working closely with the team at Invoxia to explore the potential of some exciting ‘connected home’ propositions for our consumer customers.”

Sébastien de la Bastie, CEO, Invoxia, added “With Triby, invoxia brings the revolution of ambient voice recognition within the home. We are glad that BT shares our vision about voice being the key interface to access content and services at home. Triby is a hub that delivers music, books, calls, messages, shopping and many more. Adding BT services into it will significantly increase the benefits to our customers.“

Friends and family

‘Consumer Tech - Friends and Family’ was the theme of this, the tenth BT Infinity Lab competition. The company was on the look-out for connected devices for all ages including solutions to bring distributed families together, an apps and services that keep people safe and connected whether they are at home or out and about.

The winning company, invoxia, will receive:

  • Mentoring: support from BT research, engineering, commercial and marketing teams to help develop their product or service.
  • Support from BT to evaluate and trial the service for BT customers.
  • Six months’ membership of the TechHub entrepreneur community with flexible desk space at their main London office and access to events 

Runners-up

Judges at the final named two runners-up:

The Assure from Arcticheck Ltd. is a simple smart band alarm that connects a person to their family and friends – just when they need it. The wristband links to an internet connected base station or smartphone apps.

The other runner-up was CUJO, an IoT Security Cloud provider. CUJO's proprietary behavioural security engine is powered by AI and machine learning. CUJO is able to automatically identify (via fingerprint) all smart devices and secure them against hacks - from cameras to connected fridges.