Amsterdam’s Kien, which makes wireless sound systems, has raised €850,000 in a seed round and plans to demonstrate its first product at CES in Las Vegas next month.
The deal is a mix of €725,000 from an unnamed angel investor and €125,000 from an Indiegogo campaign. The new funds will be used for development and manufacturing costs and patents, which includes its “Follow Me” feature that company claims will “make the music automatically follow a person walking around the house”.
“We wanted to create speakers that actually suit people’s flexible lifestyles - with new ways of media consumption via smartphones, tablets, Spotify or Netflix,” said cofounder Florent Gatin. “Right now you have to buy a different sound system for every different usage situation, and on top of that you are restricted to certain apps or even certain devices.”
Kien was founded by Gatin along with brothers Jorn Ouborg and Sten Ouborg. All three previously worked in the audio industry before founding Kien. It plans to launch its product for sale in the second quarter of 2017.