Welcome to the 2017 Wellbots Ranking of the Top 25 Smart Products
We call “Smart Product” any connected device that can interact with people, its environment or other devices. Smart Products can provide useful information to their users and in some cases act using this information. Smart Products can embark modern technologies – sensors, microprocessors, software – into known devices or be brand new types of products. Examples of Smart Products are drones, cleaning robots, wearables, home automation devices, and connected toys. They are also called Internet-of-Things devices or connected devices.
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This year, our Ranking Team has surveyed over 400 manufacturers and 2,000 users of Smart Products. Industry insiders and smart product users vote on a range of criteria that include product quality and design, brand awareness, innovation, financial strength, marketing, research & development.
DJI Mavic Pro is 2017's most successful, reliable, and robust consumer drone. Small yet powerful, DJI Mavic Pro is particularly stable and easy to fly. It boasts 4K video quality and a 27-minute flight time. DJI remains the largest manufacturer of consumer drones in the world. Without a doubt, DJI Mavic Pro is one of the best consumer drones ever made.
Founded in 2006 in China.
Leading manufacturer of consumer drones.
6,000 employees • 85% of the global consumer drone market
• Drones: Phantom, Inspire, Mavic, Spark
• Other: Osmo, Ronin, Goggles
The Meural Digital Art Frame is an art revolution. It is a personally curated home art gallery. Beautifully designed, its frame is handcrafted. Rather than having to settle for one image or portrait to adorn your walls, the Meural will allow you to enjoy contemporary and classic artworks on its stunning hi-resolution display. Meural’s Wi-Fi integration and easy-to-use smartphone & desktop apps provide access to over 30,000 works of art with a single touch. Meural launched the 2nd generation of its digital art frame in November 2017.
Founded in 2014 in New York.
Manufacturer of digital canvases.
Raised $3.6M in 2017 • 34K Facebook followers
Meural Digital Canvas
The Sphero BB-8 Star Wars app-enabled droid is an intelligent and versatile robot. Control it with your smart device or watch it patrol on its own. The tech within BB-8 allows it to roll and move his dome just like on-screen. You can also control it with the Force Band. Transform the world into a gaming playground and feel like a Jedi. Sphero BB-8 is a very entertaining and fun robotic ball. It also features Holographic Simulation capability. The manufacturer launched Marvel and Pixar robots in 2017.
Founded in 2010 in Colorado.
Partly owned by the Walt Disney Company.
Raised more than $100M • 400 employees
• Star Wars licensed products (BB-8, R2-D2, BB-9E)
• Sphero robotic balls
• Marvel and Pixar robots
The Double Robotics Double 2 Telepresence Robot is the most sophisticated device that allows you to be at two places at the same time. This robot brings video conferencing to the next level with the use of an iPad. You will control the robot remotely via an app. Let this robot go to the office in your stead!
Founded in 2012. Based in California.
Leader in telepresence robots.
Invented a new way for remote workers to interact with their colleagues
Double 2 Telepresence Robot
The Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones are the best-in-class and most comfortable headphones. Its acoustics remain unmatched. The improved battery life (40 hours) and the Fast Fuel feature (3 hours of run time with just 5 minutes of USB-powered juicing) make it the reference for wireless headphones. Close to perfection.
Founded in 2006 in California.
Beats Music is its online streaming service.
Apple acquired Beats for $3B in 2014 • Market leader in wireless headphone sales
• Headphones & earphones
The Robomow RS630 robotic lawn mower is your best ally to up-keep your large-scale lawn. Relax and let your RS630 mow your lawn. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will cover every inch of your lawn. It can climb up to 36 degree slopes and is completely autonomous. The 'RS' product line is Robomow's 4th generation of robotic lawn mowers.
Founded in 1995 in Israel.
Headquartered in Ohio.
Bought out by MTD Products in 2017.
Leading manufacturer of robotic lawn mowers • Market is growing at a 15% rate
• Robomow RS for large-size lawns
• Robomow RC for smaller lawns
The August Smart Lock is a revolution in your home. The best smart lock on the market, it improves your home security and will make sure you never lose or forget your keys anymore! Make your home smart by locking and unlocking your door through your phone. With August Smart Lock, also keep track of who comes and goes from your smartphone.
Founded in 2012 in California.
Acquired by Swedish company Assa Abloy in 2017.
• Raised $75M as of 2017 • 80 employees
• Smart locks
Fitbit Charge 2 is one of the most well known activity trackers. Smartly designed with a large selection of colors to choose from, this bracelet tracks heart rate, calories burned, floors climbed, sleep quality and overall activity. Get a clearer picture of your health - track and improve.
Founded in 2007.
Headquartered in San Francisco.
Global leader in connected health.
$2.2B in 2016 revenues • 22M devices sold in 2016 • IPO in 2015
• Zip, One, Flex, Alta, Charge 2: everyday fitness
• Blaze, Surge: active and performance fitness
• Aria: smart scale
The Neato Botvac Connected is a powerful, Wi-Fi enabled vacuum-cleaning robot by leading brand Neato. The Neato app makes everything easier: set a schedule, set your robot to clean from wherever you are, clean your whole house or choose spot clean (and even choose to cover the area twice for extra cleaning), stop or pause the robot, and get instant notification about the status of your vacuuming run. Cleaning your house has never been easier.
Founded in 2005 in California.
Born at Stanford’s annual Entrepreneur’s Challenge.
First D-shaped robot vacuum • Bought by Vorwerk in 2017
• Botvac Connected, D3, D5, D7
• Botvac D80, D85
The 2nd generation Boosted Board Skateboard is the most advanced electric skateboard on the market. Reviewed by Youtube influencer Casey Neistat in its early stages, the board became famous thanks to him. From beginners to pros, the Boosted Board fits everyone. It has a top speed of 22 mph. The new extended range battery allows for longer rides of up to 12 miles. Safe and stable, the Boosted Board is the best out there.
Founded in 2012 in California.
Wide coverage by YouTube personality Casey Neistat.
Raised $467K on Kickstarter • Positively reviewed by tech critics
• Boosted Board: Electric Skateboard
We all know the PlayStation and its video games. This year, Sony released its virtual reality headset for Playstation users to take their gaming experience to a whole new level. Sony PlayStation VR Headset is one of the most advanced VR headsets on the market. It has a sleek design and is very comfortable.
Founded in 1946 in Japan.
Leading manufacturer of consumer electronics.
$73B in revenues in 2016 • Sold 20M PlayStation 4 in 2016
• Audio & Video devices
• Mobile, Tablets & Smart Devices
Ever wondered (or remember) how fun it is to take a picture and print it immediately? Well, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 does just that. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, indoor or outdoor, the camera will adjust to brightness. Various modes are available, you can select special effects and improve picture quality. In a matter of seconds, you will take and print perfect pictures.
Founded in 1934 in Japan.
Multinational photography and imaging company. Headquartered in Tokyo.
$22.5B in revenues in 2016 • 30,000 employees
• Digital Cameras
• Films & Cameras
• Instant Photo System & Binoculars
The Garmin Forerunner 630 is one of the most sophisticated GPS smartwatches with advanced running metrics. Whether you are training for pleasure or planning your next race, this touchscreen GPS running watch will help you get the most out of your workout. Some amazing connected features make the product unique: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, music control and social media sharing.
Founded in 1989 in Kansas, USA.
Known for its specialization in GPS technology, Garmin also develops activity trackers and smartwatches.
$2.8B in revenues in 2016 • Shipped 17 million units in 2016
• GPS navigators
• Activity trackers, smartwatches
The Yuneec Typhoon 4K RTF is a very robust and reliable drone which allows you to shoot breathtaking aerial visuals. It has a 115 degree field of view and a light weight of 4.3lbs. It features HD resolution for optimal views of your surroundings, which you may review on-site using the ground system or off-site with the CGO3 app. The steady grip along with the drone makes it even easier to use.
Founded in 1999 in Hong Kong.
Received a $60M investment from Intel in 2015
• Drones: Breeze, Typhoon H, Typhoon 4K
• E-skateboard: E-GO 2
• Commercial: H520, H920 Plus, Payloads, Proaction
The Ring Video Doorbell is the best doorbell anyone could ask for. This very elegant device allows you to answer your door from your smartphone no matter where you are. Equipped with motion sensors, you will receive alerts every time a visitor arrives on your doorstep. Increase the security of your smart home with the Ring Video Doorbell, the smartest doorbell ever made.
Founded in 2012 in Santa Monica, CA.
Raised $109M in 2017 ($205M total)
• Video Doorbell 2, Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite
• Stick up Cam, Floodlight Cam, Spotlight Cam security cameras
Ecovacs Winbot W950 Robotic Window Cleaner is the new way of cleaning windows, glass and mirrors. It will automatically clean your surface inside and outside, whether they are framed or not. Don't hassle to clean your windows anymore, this robot will do it for you. The Winbot W950 is one of the smartest and most efficient home robots.
Founded in 1998 in China.
Global leader in the home robot industry.
30M+ households use Ecovacs home robots • Presence in 30+ countries
• Winbot series: window-cleaning robots
• Deebot series: floor-cleaning robots
Bring your ideas to life with the 3Doodler Create Pen, the world’s most advanced 3D printing pen. Discover endless possibilities with this 3D printing pen: draw everything you want, use as many colors as you like and watch your ideas come to life.
Founded in 2010 in Somerville, MA.
$20M in revenues in 2016 • $2.3M raised on Kickstarter with a $30k goal
• 3Doodler pens: Create, Start, Pro
• 3Doodler books
The Netatmo Presence makes home surveillance totally personal. This security camera is equipped with face recognition technology and will notify you whenever someone enters. Secure your family and peers, as well as your belongings, with this top-end device.
Founded in 2011 in France.
Manufacturer of home automation devices.
CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015
• Security: Welcome, Presence, Smart Smoke Alarm
• Weather Station, Rain Gauge, Wind Gauge
• Healthy Home Coach, Smart Thermostat
iRobot Braava Jet 380t is a mopping robot that provides hassle-free mopping for multiple rooms and surfaces. Equipped with smart navigation technology, the Braava Jet 380t keeps track of its journey. It can sweep up to 1,000 square feet or mop up to 350 square feet in a single cleaning cycle. It is the perfect mopping robot for multiple rooms and large spaces.
Founded in 1990 in Bedford, MA.
Leader in home-cleaning robots.
$660M in revenues in 2016 • 760 employees
• Robot vacuums: Roomba
• Robot mops: Braava
• Pool cleaners: Mira
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium delivers crystal clear pictures & videos thanks to its 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal. With a simple click you will start the motors, take off, and send it up to 1 mile high. With the Starlink App, the controller’s integrated LCD displays flight information and fullscreen live in HD. Equipped with Autel’s exclusive SecureFly technology, this drone is one of the most user-friendly and innovative quadcopters.
Headquartered in Bothell, WA.
Specializes in drones, aerial photography devices and flying camera systems.
5,000 Facebook followers • 200+ employees
• X-Star Premium, FLIR Duo, Kestrel: drones
Litter-Robot has revolutionized the pet industry. Litter-Robot III Open Air is a self-cleaning litter box. After the cat exits, the patented sifting process automatically separates the waste from the clean litter and deposits the clumps into a waste drawer for easy disposal. Improve the lives of your cat and other family members with a cleaner environment.
Founded in 1999 in Michigan.
Received the Pet Business Industry Recognition Award.
Invented the first automatic self-cleaning litter box
• Litter-Robot III Open Air: self-cleaning litter box
• Feed-Safe: safe place for your pet's food
• Kitty Play Zone: playhouse for your cat
• Kitty A GoGo: designer litter box
The Hayward SharkVac robotic pool cleaner is built with the highest-quality components and proven technology that create reliable, consistent results while maximizing energy efficiency. Operating on all types of pool surface, it is one of the most competitive and efficient pool-cleaning robots.
Founded in 1925 in New York.
Leading provider of pool equipment in the world.
$500M+ in revenues • Bought out by private equity firms in 2017
• In-ground & above ground pool cleaners
• Commercial pool cleaners
• Pool pumps & accessories
Paired with the Parrot Skycontroller 2 and the Parrot Cockpitglasses, the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV drone reveals new capabilities. Embark on long-distance courses combining extreme piloting precision and ultra-real viewing. By flying with the FPV goggles, you are totally immersed: explore previously inaccessible places like never before and capture high-quality pictures perfectly.
Founded in 1994 in France.
Manufacturer of drones, minidrones, headphones and car kits.
$200M in revenues in 2016 • 1,000 employees
• Drones: Bebop 2, Disco, AR Drone 2.0
• Minidrones: Swing, Mambo
• Audio: Zik 3
• Connected Garden: Parrot Pot
The Puro Sound Labs Wireless Headphones feature studio-grade audio quality, plus advanced volume monitoring and interactive reporting to guide users to safer listening. These headphones are packed with technology. With the Volume Monitoring Bluetooth headphones, you are in control of protecting one of your most valuable senses – hearing. These headphones are uniquely engineered to continuously monitor volume levels as you listen, and deliver that information to you through the LED indicator on the ear cup.
Founded in 2014.
Partnered up with Australian Hearing in 2017.
8K Facebook followers
• Volume Limited Kids' Headphones
• Volume Monitoring Adult Headphones
• Volume Limited Student Earbuds
The Freefly Beyond Virtual Reality Headset takes VR to a whole new immersive level. Voted "best for gaming", it has a 120° field of view, dual capacities triggers and a comfortable design with soft perforated faux-leather. Affordable and easy-to-use, the Freefly Beyond VR headset is the go-to product for VR enthusiasts.
Founded in 2013 in London.
Owned by Proteus VR Labs.
50+ employees • 90K Facebook followers
• VR headsets: Classic, Beyond
• The Insta360 Nano Camera
• Mocute VR Gamepad