Shabbir Evershine launches startup to build smart-homes in Chicago and Toronto

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Shabbir Evershine launches smart-home builder startup in Chicago and Toronto building homes that can be controlled by sensors, trigger events, and the web.

Shabbir Evershine

Shabbir Evershine launched Kettle & Oak in 2016

"The best part about my job is to watch our clients gasp in amazement when magical moments happen in tech." - Shabbir Evershine

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"What happens when you cross-breed 25 billion IoT-enabled (Internet of Things) devices with two generations high on The Jetsons and Back to the Future? A strong demand for the smart, or "connected" home," says Shabbir Evershine, Director of Kettle & Oak, a smart-home builder startup. The signs are out there. Virtually every technology company is churning devices (or parterning with those that are) that could be controlled by voice, gesture, geo-location, or trigger event.

While Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Amazon seem to be paving the way, a wave of new startups have forged their way to create experiences that would surpass the wishlist of most techno-geeks. Kettle & Oak, a startup based in Chicago is doing just that. "The smart home category is fragmented, and operates in a silo", said Shabbir Evershine, Director at Kettle & Oak. "Our aim is to bring a powerful but intituitive experience to our discerning clients".

The smart home is typically divided into four functions: security; lightining, temperature, and climate control; kithcen and home equipment; and home entertainment. Manufacturers are embedding "smart" functionality in everything from security cameras, switches, thermostats, cookers, washing machines, and refreigerators to media servers and televisions. By 2020, the percentage of global households with Internet access is expected to touch 69%, according to data from the UN’s ITU agency, and global smartphone penetration is expected to reach 75%. The smarthome market is expected to triple to $43 billion by 2020. Samsung and Whirlpool have also announced that more than 90% of it's products will be able to connect to the Internet by 2017.

"We do everything from simple device installations in exisitng apartments or houses to new custom houses with heating, cooling, lightining, home media, sensors, entertainment rooms, and security systems", said Shabbir Evershine. "The best part about my job is to watch our clients gasp in amazement when magical moments happen in tech."

Kettle & Oak is run by husband and wife team, Shabbir Evershine and Rashida Evershine. They have built more than 50 smart homes to date, with plans to design their first "smart building" in 2018. Kettle & Oak builds smart homes working with a variety of partners from Google, Amazon to manuacturers and technology companies. "Currently, we serve both the tech enthusiasts, with and without deep pockets", said Shabbir Evershine.

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