According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all potential buyers for home automation firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 Group founded by Blake Krikorian. The company was created in 2011 by Krikorian who founded Sling Media Inc., maker of the Slingbox TV streaming device.
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 status of the discussion and terms under consideration remain unclear. A deal may not happen and some talks may be preliminary.
R2 Studios is currently developing a home automation technology, but as of now does not have any products on the market besides from an Android application that can control heating and lightning systems.
The reports also says that R2 also owns some patents related to “controlling electronic devices and interfaces”, in addition to its existing app work. If Apple does plan to release a television at some point, this technology could fit along nicely.