Liz Gannes

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Life360 Gets $7M to Make Smart Home Products Aware When Families Are Home

Life360, an app maker that enables families to constantly share their location with each other, wants to make itself more useful. It has taken $7 million in funding from private equity group Duchossois (adding to a previously announced $10 million Series B round) to bring “family awareness” (a.k.a. discerning whether people are home or not) to smart devices like the Chamberlain garage-door opener and Brivo Labs locks.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus