RUMOR: Apple, Google, and Microsoft In A Bidding War For R2 Studios
R2 Studios is a home automation company that is a part of id8. Microsoft, Google, and Apple are rumored to be interested buyers of R2. R2 was founded by Blake Krikorian, the founder of Sling Media (known as the makers of the SlingBox). Sling Media was sold to EchoStar/Dish Network. R2 Studios has an Android client for Crestron’s home control systems. Crestron created their own clients for the iPhone and iPad.
R2 Studios, which is developing home-media and automation technology, has remained largely mum about its plans but last year released an app that turns Android phones into touch panels for controlling heating and lighting systems wirelessly. R2 Studios also holds some patents related to controlling electronic devices and interfaces.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that R2 has patents that are related to “controlling electronic devices and interfaces” along with existing app work.