Last year I found a Kickstarter project called Homey. This product really caught my interest. Why? It does a couple of things that make home automation as accessible as it can get.
- Always on voice recognition
- 8 Radio’s
- Web based configuration
- App for both Android and iOS.
There are so many solutions that offer apps for smartphones and tablets but they all have the same problem. The second you want to do something, you need to
– Grab your phone
– Unlock it (yes, my employer enforces lock codes)
– Find the app
– Open the app
– Do what you wanted to do……
That is way to much work. If you want to switch on a lamp this will take you at least 30 seconds. That takes me to one of Homey’s key features.
Sure, voice recognition is great but if you need to do something before it starts listening the ‘wife acceptance factor’ goes down. And that’s one of the great Homey features. It will always listen to it’s own name. When it hears “hello homey” it will start the real voice recognition. “Hello Homey…. <bleep> switch on lamp 3”.. No remote, no app, available at all times. (providing you’re in the same room as Homey is in ;-)
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- ZigBee – like Philips Hue, Plugwise
- 433.92 MHz – like Klik-aan-klik-uit, Elro
- nrf24l01+ – think this is a wireless radio for communication with Arduino products?
- Infrared – control TV’s, audio/video equipment, IR controlled LED strips, etc.
With the support for these radio’s it’s getting close to covering my entire home, except for 868Mhz support (my Visonic security sensors).
I’ve not seen the Web interface or App so it’s hard to say something about these crucial components. When the voice recognition works great, the user interface of the intelligence + the app are great we may have a KILLER product.
There’s a lot more to say about Homey. Go ahead and check out their website.
So now it’s all about execution… You can do it Athom!
Q: Did you order one?
A: No. When I found out about Homey I had so many Kickstarter / Indiegogo projects running that were >1 year late that my crowdfunding appetite was gone. Otherwise I would have ordered one for sure.