I started looking at Home automation today and found some great stuff out there. I’m thinking that it would be a could home improvement that won’t break the bank if I’m careful. I really like the idea of thermostat that can be controlled remotely. That would be good when we’re away and we want to adjust it per a unexpected weather change or for our pets if left home (but still watched by our neighbors of course!).
I started looking around and found that Amazon has a great resource page that has tons of information and cool products. I like the Wemo and Nest products but they are very pricy.
The Nest has a very nice looking but somewhat skeuomorphic thermostat that learns and can be controlled remotely. It runs about $250. They also have a very cool smoke/CO2 detector which speaks from all the units in the house which unit has registered smoke or CO2. It has a wave feature to silence the one in the kitchen for those who might burn some toast. These guys run about $120. Pretty pricey for the number I would need.
The Wemo doesn’t appear to have the thermostat, but it does have wall mounted light switches, plugs, and wireless cameras. The light switches pair by acting as a access point to which to connect your phone’s Wemo app, then tell it how to connect to your house access point, then its in business. The app instantly turns the light on and off when in the house and within a half second when elsewhere.
I also learned about a really cool service call If This Then That or IFTTT. It allows you to program just about anything. For example, if I get an email from my wife, I can have it send me an SMS message. But more relevant to home automation, if my favorite team is playing a game, it can change my media room’s lights change colors to my teams colors. Or, if I long-press my Wemo light switch, it can turn on the TV, etc.
I’ll post more later. This is all I have so far!