Look out Amazon and Google! A new smart speaker/robot is in the works, and it comes with a further bit of differentiation… GIF and video responses! Meet Peeqo.
While most of the world is still in the early adoption stage of smart speakers, nearly 200 million grace homes across China, the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada and there are no signs of growth slowing down. Pair that with Gen Z’s (18-24) love of GIFs and video content, and we can’t help but suspect Peeqo is going to be a hit, at least with Gen Z techies. Due to its technically customisable nature and unmatched sense of humour, it should be!
Let’s allow Peeqo’s developer, Abisheck Singh introduce you.
Initially developed pre-thesis by Singh in 2014 (and funded on Kickstarter), Peeqo was inspired by the introduction of smart speakers and mass consumption of video and GIFs both online and through instant messaging. Its aim? To bring creative freedom of expression to our devices.
In December 2016, Singh shared his first Peeqo prototype via Reddit. This generated some SERIOUS hype. According to Singh, this little guy took over the internet – with 650k+ views on Youtube, nearly 1 million views on Imgur and the top post on Reddit… twice! And despite releasing all of the files, designs, and code online, Peeqo fans wanted more!
So, Singh hit the drawing board and returned a year and a half later to bring customisation into the hands of consumers. How? By launching the Peeqo DIY kit. This kit isn’t JUST for techies. The kit and skill development has been designed for all ages and skill levels. The end result? Your very own 7″ tall Peeqo – packing a punch!
We won’t dive into the specs, but you can ‘take a look inside’ on Kickstarter. There, you can also uncover the brilliant features that come in toe – everything from Peeqo’s Pi insides, voice detection, privacy, personality, skills, to its open source community and more.
Singh has even set up a slack channel for frequent updates and banter, a mailing list and GitHub repo.
Singh admits Peeqo isn’t perfect, but he hopes Peeqo’s community will rally to continue Peeqo’s learning, improving, and growing, because the adoption of smart speakers is already here. Next up? Robots!