The Almond+ is a touchscreen Wi-Fi router and smart home hub rolled into one

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Taiwanese company Securifi is currently selling the Almond, billed as the world’s first touchscreen Wi-Fi router. The company is working on the next stage of the product’s evolution, and turning to Kickstarter to make it happen.

The Almond+ (funding through March 9) beefs up the specs on the product, and also acts as a smart home hub, compatible with Z-Wave and ZigBee sensors used in home automation.

Intended for people rich (or nerdy) enough to require streamlining a whole bunch of home automation technologies, the Almond+ looks to be a small, elegant solution with a dismissible footprint. Plus, it’s funky enough to be a fashion statement in the house.

Is it impressive as it sounds? Maybe. The specifications include a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 128MB of RAM, gigabit ethernet, a 5000-foot range, USB connectivity fror storage or printer sharing, and the ability to wall mount.

Confidence level

Securifi has proven its mettle with the original Almond. Given the considerable accolades it has received and the company’s apparent reliability, it’s not inconceivable to think that it might be able to take things a step further with the Almond+. The $250,000 goal is a bit steep, but was above $100,000 with a month and a half to go, so it could happen.

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