Tech: Buddy turns on distribution channels for its smart-home lightswitch
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Internet of Things (IoT) company Buddy Technologies (ASX:BUD) is bringing its wifi-enabled LIFX Switch to market.
The company said that after a debut production run, its first batch of LIFX units had arrived in Australia.
B2B customers who already have a trading relationship with Buddy will get first dibs, with pre-sales available for retail customers and deliveries expected by late-January 2020.
Shares in the company were up 10 per cent in morning trade and the stock has had a good month, almost doubling since November 1.
Buddy’s LIFX Switch is an in-wall switch that connects to the internet, enabling the user to control lights in the home or business using a mobile application. The product is also compatible with voice-control technology such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Buddy said the product would retail at $179.95, discounted during the pre-sale period to $149.95 ahead of the official roll-out in late January.
The company said its announcement today gave customers the opportunity to time their pre-sale purchases with the Black Friday online sales promotion.
Buddy also announced that its BR30 and BR30+ smart-light products had received International Protection (IP) marking for resistance to dust and water. The lights also have the capacity to operate at temperatures as low as -30C.
Stockhead has contacted the company for additional comment as to whether it expects the LIFX rollout to make a material contribution to revenues in the 2020 financial year.
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