Control & Automation

Control4 Acquires NEEO Remote Control

Control4 has announced the purchase of NEEO, a Swiss maker of high-end remote controls with sleek industrial design. NEEO will discontinue direct-to-consumer sales

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Posted by JamesIceland on February 5, 2019

Well this news is hardly a surprise to those backers who were constantly let down by the false promises from Raphael. This coming from someone who had direct first hand experience dealing with him personally. The comments on Planet NEEO reflect this disappointment. Not only that, NEEO continue to delete comments they don’t like on there and have actually deactivated my account after posting my views, which were in no way offensive or unprofessional. Raphael has always been most concerned about he is perceived in the community and unfortunately takes negative feedback extremely poorly. Maybe this is something his new partners are not aware of but I’d be happy to provide them with my personal correspondence with him to show what type of businessman they’ve entered into partnership with. A terrible company run by a dishonest individual.

Posted by HBlaugh on February 5, 2019

Feel for exisitng NEEO user-investors/adopters .... Extra Vegetables anyone?

Posted by AVTech on February 11, 2019

I am upset about this as well, purchased a system to start trying it out and a month later this happens?  Was hoping to find a solution that would offer more than Logitech (Which I do like).  This seemed to be the answer but instead of creating the next generation of universal remotes, sounds like the guy got a lot of people to bite on empty promises and then profit from it.  Too bad.

Posted by applebyter on February 15, 2019

I’d consider this a sign of poor corporate governance at Control 4. The only value Neeo provided was hardware design, something that could have been acquired from a single industrial designer and single electronics engineer with only a few years experience. Total investment of a little over $250K USD to produce a similarly compelling remote design. Neeo’s software was in a terrible state, and the extremely slow development was a clear indication that either the development team was incapable of building this type of software, or that the company did not have the money to invest in software development. Either way, Neeo was clearly on its way to shutting down. There is almost no value in the Neeo brand, the team has very few individuals who have demonstrated any capability that compliments Control 4’s current capabilities. The IP was hardly worth anything, exactly what did Control 4 get for its $10M+ “investment”?

Posted by SKoolD on February 21, 2019

Great question.  Anyone can manufacture a piece of hardware.  There are plenty of factories ready to build a unit.  It’s software that makes something special.  The SR260 is a tired facelift version of its predecessor and the industry is quickly moving past C4 with remote models.  It’s easy to think that perhaps rather than starting a development project on a new handheld it was just too easy to throw money at something and acquire it instead.  Sound familiar?  It should, the last several years have been filled with acquisition instead of innovation and creation.  Proof…Extra Vegetables, Card Access, Leaf, Triad, ihiji, Pakedge, Neeo.  Not to say it’s a bad thing.  It’s just obvious C4 has chosen to focus more on partnerships either through integration or acquisition rather than putting resources towards in-house projects and delivering real native C4 tech.

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Posted by SKoolD on February 21, 2019

Great question.  Anyone can manufacture a piece of hardware.  There are plenty of factories ready to build a unit.  It’s software that makes something special.  The SR260 is a tired facelift version of its predecessor and the industry is quickly moving past C4 with remote models.  It’s easy to think that perhaps rather than starting a development project on a new handheld it was just too easy to throw money at something and acquire it instead.  Sound familiar?  It should, the last several years have been filled with acquisition instead of innovation and creation.  Proof…Extra Vegetables, Card Access, Leaf, Triad, ihiji, Pakedge, Neeo.  Not to say it’s a bad thing.  It’s just obvious C4 has chosen to focus more on partnerships either through integration or acquisition rather than putting resources towards in-house projects and delivering real native C4 tech.

Posted by applebyter on February 15, 2019

I’d consider this a sign of poor corporate governance at Control 4. The only value Neeo provided was hardware design, something that could have been acquired from a single industrial designer and single electronics engineer with only a few years experience. Total investment of a little over $250K USD to produce a similarly compelling remote design. Neeo’s software was in a terrible state, and the extremely slow development was a clear indication that either the development team was incapable of building this type of software, or that the company did not have the money to invest in software development. Either way, Neeo was clearly on its way to shutting down. There is almost no value in the Neeo brand, the team has very few individuals who have demonstrated any capability that compliments Control 4’s current capabilities. The IP was hardly worth anything, exactly what did Control 4 get for its $10M+ “investment”?

Posted by AVTech on February 11, 2019

I am upset about this as well, purchased a system to start trying it out and a month later this happens?  Was hoping to find a solution that would offer more than Logitech (Which I do like).  This seemed to be the answer but instead of creating the next generation of universal remotes, sounds like the guy got a lot of people to bite on empty promises and then profit from it.  Too bad.

Posted by HBlaugh on February 5, 2019

Feel for exisitng NEEO user-investors/adopters .... Extra Vegetables anyone?

Posted by JamesIceland on February 5, 2019

Well this news is hardly a surprise to those backers who were constantly let down by the false promises from Raphael. This coming from someone who had direct first hand experience dealing with him personally. The comments on Planet NEEO reflect this disappointment. Not only that, NEEO continue to delete comments they don’t like on there and have actually deactivated my account after posting my views, which were in no way offensive or unprofessional. Raphael has always been most concerned about he is perceived in the community and unfortunately takes negative feedback extremely poorly. Maybe this is something his new partners are not aware of but I’d be happy to provide them with my personal correspondence with him to show what type of businessman they’ve entered into partnership with. A terrible company run by a dishonest individual.