Modou

GEAK, the smart device maker of Shanda, released Modou, a new brand for its smart gadgets, together with several smart devices under the brand, including Modou Router, a LITE version of the router, and a DASH7-powered accessory Modou Button. Additionally, the company also took the wraps off an operating system ModouRom for the routers.

Modou Router, formerly known as GEAK Router, features a 2.4-inch touch screen and 128MB memory. It also supports 2.4G/5GHz dual-band as well as 2.0TB mobile disk. The gadget is opened for pre-order now for 149 yuan (around US$24). In addition to the distinguishing touch panel, another differentiator of Modou Router from rivals is that its Wifi passwords are set randomly to fend off Wifi squatters.

The LITE version is for entry-level users, featuring 64MB memory and flash memory. It is priced at 119 yuan.

GEAK’s CEO Huang Dong disclosed that Modou cooperates with several smart home device makers to set up a smart home device alliance. All the members in this alliance will participate in the public testing of Modou smart device kit this July. He added that Modou Button will be open for public testing this August.

Chinese tech companies consider smart router as the gateway that can take control of Internet access and have impact on content consumption in families or working spaces. Qihoo 360BaiduXiaomi and Hiwifi all released smart routers to tap the market.

As a comparatively young brand in China’s hardware manufacturing, GEAK’s product portfolio include smartphones, smart watch and smart ring. The company announced that its flagship smartwatch GEAK Watch1 recorded more than 300K shipments as of April this year. A representative of GEAK told us that GEAK Watch2 will be released in Q3 this year, maybe powered by Google’s latest Android Wear system.

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