If you are a futuristic, syncing up your home’s appliances and controlling them with your mobile device will sound to you as a science fact and not science fiction. The market has been coming up with many of such products of which the latest one stands out. The reason being it not only links up your whole house but also works in unison with your existing automated systems.
A Colorado company named Revolv, incubated out of the startup accelerator TechStars by announcing the pre-sales for Smart Home Solution in July. It was supposed to make your entertainment system, wireless lighting and automated locks accessible and controllable via your iPhone or iPad.
For a one-time fee of $299 they offered a Wi-Fi hub and access to Revolv’s cloud service. You won’t even need an ethernet cable to link up. Just take the hub home and plug it into an outlet. It will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network and discover all the wireless gadgets you’ve already installed in your home. You can also manually add extras and control the appliances from your mobile device. Revolv is now only available for Apple products, but an Android compatibility is soon to launch too.
The perks with this new appliance will be, it will help you automate daily routines, like turning on appliances at set times, or use the service’s GPS proximity and sensor triggers to automatically activate your devices. Revolv can also sense when you’re close to your home because it tracks your geo-radius to the house as well. This time being tracked will actually be in your favor. You may also program relaxing music to play before you step through the door or set the oven to pre-heat so you can get a jump-start on dinner.
You will also be allowed to mix and match devices and brands with different products like Sonos wireless speakers or Belkin’s WeMo home automation system. The only feature needed for a device to communicate with Revolv is wireless capability.
Revolv’s functionality is what that makes it unique from other home automation options already crowding the market. Many autonomous systems, while tying together appliances, don’t work together.
Mike Soucie, Revolv’s co-founder, says, “The idea was driven by peoples’ desire to have more control over their home and the products in them. Revolv isn’t trying to make the hardware business obsolete. We want to simplify things and bring the power of the web to everyday life, a term sometimes described as the “internet of things.””
He further says referring to an automation device that can take the lead in both affordability and efficiency, “What’s been holding back the market so long is there hasn’t been a point product.”
“For Revolv to be successful, the functionality has to be simple. If it’s consumer-based it has to be easy to use from the out-of the-box setup,” says Soucie.
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