Naran, Prota, MicroBot, and the Cloud

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Naran in Naran
Mar 2, 2018 · 3 min read

Keep it simple, stupid (a.k.a. the KISS principle). It’s the principle that we always have in our minds but we feel it’s extremely difficult to respect most of the times. Especially, when we’re busy with making new things, we tend to easily forget about it, keep on making, and eventually complicate the result without any good reason.

We currently have three big creations; Naran, Prota and MicroBot. As the number of users increases and our products gain more and more exposure online and offline, we are realizing we’ve been slowly going away from the KISS principle more or less.

For those who still have no idea what these three creations are, here they are.

  • Naran : the name of the company (naran has no dictionary meaning but it’s a palindrome in English AND Korean, so we gave it a special meaning for ourselves)
  • Prota : the name of the platform running things we build. It began as an operating system and now refers to our cloud platform. The name came from the first five letters of the word Protagonist.
  • MicroBot : the name of a product category we give to “retrofitting” smart gadgets. Push and Sense fall into this.

MicroBot as a brand

The New Logo on Naran

The cloud service will be called “MicroBot Cloud”, and the relay device between MicroBots and the Cloud will be called “MicroBot Hub”. All our existing Prota users (Prota S and Prota Pi users) can upgrade their devices to “MicroBot Hub” for free.

New MicroBot Push Logo
MicroBot Sense Logo

If you have been following us recently, you might be guessing MicroBot Cloud is Prota Charles, then you are 100% correct.

APIs and SDK

Prota is the technology behind all MicroBot products, so our developers will still see Prota on the dev website, API docs, etc.

Is the Cloud free?

MicroBot Cloud concept

MicroBot Cloud enables remote access to MicroBots from anywhere in the world. Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Google Home integrations will be available through the Cloud, providing much more stable experience to our users.

What next?

It’s actually not the only names that we simplified. We have worked hard to simplify and optimize our platform and the way we think, and develop our products in the hope of delivering better user experience and solving real problems that matter.

Naran

We develop smart devices and robots for home and office automation. We are the creators of the MicroBots — MicroBot Push, the wireless button pusher that turns dumb appliances into smart devices, MicroBot Sense, and MicroBot Hub, the companion hub. Get to know us at microbot.is

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Naran

Developing smart devices and robots for home automation and the Internet of Things. Get to know us at https://microbot.is

Naran

Naran

We develop smart devices and robots for home and office automation. We are the creators of the MicroBots — MicroBot Push, the wireless button pusher that turns dumb appliances into smart devices, MicroBot Sense, and MicroBot Hub, the companion hub. Get to know us at microbot.is