Origin: Dhaval Patel, Founder & CEO
Ex-Apple Senior Manager and Electrical Engineer
Hey! I'm Dhaval.
Lotus’ story starts with me, and one night of terrible sleep a few years ago. I have an intermittent disability and have been on and off crutches over the years.
I had gotten into bed, only to realize that I had left the hallway light on. I was too exhausted to get on my crutches, hobble over to the light switch, turn it off, and hobble back to bed. So I left the light on. All night.
I didn't sleep well, but the revelation I had the next morning was pretty amazing. There were two clear problems I was determined to better understand, and hopefully help solve.
Problem 1: I was one of the 82% of Americans without smart home technology. The time, money, and effort required to integrate were, and continue to be, huge barriers for many.
Problem 2: Accessibility is often an afterthought in product design. Even tech with the potential to be game-changing for folks with disabilities, isn't designed with us in mind.
Now, Lotus exists to solve both problems.
We believe technology is usable by everybody when optimized for disability first.
We build such technology to help save valuable time and effort spent on self-care, while supporting independence and dignity.
Technology should be invisible, appearing only when needed. And tech isn't the end-product. Its impact on human life is.
People - their stories and experiences - provide meaningful foundational data. We value this over mere statistics.
Life comes first. There is always work to be done, but our sources of joy and purpose should take priority. That's life-work balance.