The Hero Group, well-known for motorcycles, has moved into smart home products with the launch of a new brand Qubo, a range of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered smart devices, under group company Hero Electronix.
Qubo aims to create smart products that will allow users to stay connected with their home and loved ones, Hero Electronix said in a statement.
The products launched under the Qubo portfolio include a smart indoor camera, smart gas sensor, smart smoke sensor and smart door/window sensor.
The Qubo smart indoor camera comes with full HD camera and secure, encrypted video streaming and storage.
With Alexa built-in, users can also access services across news, music, weather, and reminders with simple voice commands. The smart camera can also be used as a hub to control and remotely manage various smart devices at home through Alexa.
Hero Electronix is planning to launch more than 10 smart products across home automation, automotive and entertainment domains in the next two years. Each of these devices is architected ground up to solve specific needs of Indian consumers and to work in Indian environments and family set-ups, the statement said.
“Our vision with Qubo is to create a leading consumer technology brand and reach a million homes in the next 3-5 years. We see a great opportunity to build products that meaningfully impact our lives. We have invested close to Rs 350 crore in Hero Electronix and we foresee an investment of Rs 150-200 crore over the next couple of years,” said Ujjwal Munjal, founder and director, Hero Electronix.
While the Qubo smart camera will be available for Rs 13,490, the smart sensors are priced at Rs 3,000 each. The products can be purchased from the company website, and will also be available across major ecommerce sites and retail stores from September 27, 2019.
“There is a major revolution coming where AI-powered connected devices can solve major real-world problems pertaining to security, connectivity, entertainment & healthcare. We have invested more than two years in research and development of products that harness leading-edge technology like AI to solve for consumer needs. While we are addressing the home security & automation space with our range of products launched today, we are also exploring more products in the home, automotive and kids categories too,” said Nikhil Rajpal, CEO, Hero Electronix.