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Sound and vision are equally essential to interact with our environment. In essence, these senses are interconnected, governing the way humans perceive the world. Despite having lost the technological revolution race to vision, the underrated sense of sound is capable of presenting a plethora of untapped opportunities to connect people, processes, and things. Bhaskar Deo, seasoned in acoustic imaging, had this epiphany while listening to one of the live broadcasts on NPR. “The show often used to read out web addresses and hyperlinks. After the show ended, I would find it difficult to recall the links. This propelled me to think how can I connect the radio to my phone and access the link through the phone wherein sound can be used to transfer the data from radio to the phone,” narrates Deo. Trillbit’s genesis was a natural progression to further Deo’s resolve to realize the potential of sound. The company has created an IoT proximity platform that leverages the power of sound to connect devices to each other in proximity.
“Sound has been the missing link in the IoT development. However, our intelligent way to seamlessly connect devices creates a common language for IoT, which utilizes the cost-effective, efficient and ubiquitous means of sound,” explains Deo CEO and Co-Founder, Trillbit.
Our intelligent way to seamlessly connect devices creates a common language for IoT, which utilizes the cost-effective, efficient and ubiquitous means of sound
The platform is backed by a unique technology that converts speakers into data transmitters and microphones on smart devices as as receivers which allow connection betweenboth smart and non-smart devices. This is done by encoding a layer of data on top existing sounds. Trillbit’s breakthrough technology sends near ultrasonic pulses from existing speakers, termed as “Trill” tones, which are inaudible to the human ear. “We can connect to any device by just using sound. The biggest advantage here is there is no requirement for additional infrastructure,” extols Deo.
While a smart device can easily decode the data, the data layer is crafted at a higher frequency, inaudible to the human ear, so it does not impact the user experience of the device. Since no additional hardware is required, it is cost-effective with no network dependencies. Trillbit technology consumes less battery compared to data transfer on a Bluetooth or NFC platform.
Trillbit’s IoT proximity platform has been specifically designed and developed for areas such as airports, railway stations, and malls wherein people are trying to communicate within proximity. Trillbit has also deployed their technology in industries like finance, retail, and even underwater robotics. In retail, the sensors using sound present with smart recommendations to the devices based on location. It also provides secure payments transforming a smartphone into an E-wallet. Closer to smart home reality, Trillbit sensors improve the second-screen user experience, adding interactive features to TV and radio broadcasts.
These distinct Trill tones are challenging the established proximity platform connectivity with its ease of accessibility and availability. Trillbit has deployed many such IoT sensors in the market and has been receiving abundant positive reviews about the usage, connectivity and swift ROI. Having gained prominence in the United States and India, the company now intends to step into the UAE retail market. For a young enterprise, Trillbit is expanding at an accelerated rate, providing seamless connectivity among all smart devices.