I recently tore down a Belkin WeMo Wi-Fi-connected outlet switch for EDN, which I thankfully (and rarely) was able to reassemble afterward in a functionally and cosmetically intact state. I’d initially purchased two switches, actually; I later supplemented my stable with a third unit. My primary acquisition-and-usage motivation was to see how robustly I could control the switches using only my voice, via an Amazon Echo virtual assistant…
Nick is buying a new house and thinks it’s time to go all out with a good home automation solution and then start writing some code to enable various natural speech scenarios. Really, who doesn’t want to talk to their house and control the lights, locks, gadgets, and more?
With high-end quality, at-a-glance LED status and remote controllability, you’ll see how easy it is to create your own home of the future.The SwitchLinc installs like a traditional wall switch with the exception of requiring connection to neutral. If you do not have a neutral wire available, use the SwitchLinc 2-Wire Dimmer. Once installed setup is quick and easy using simple programming.
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<blockquote class="curated_content">Over the past year, Insteon has won recognition from some of the biggest names in consumer electronics. Insteon has captured the attention of the home automation industry and has found a sweet spot among technophiles, DIY-ers and business customers who want innovative products, complete reliability, undeniable quality and ultimate flexibility all at an affordable price. With retail distribution at more than 3, 000 locations, Insteon is truly at the center of the connected home.</blockquote>
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<blockquote>IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insteon, creators of the world’s premier home automation and control technology, today announced an exclusive distribution partnership with Smartnex. Smartnex will be Insteon’s only distributor in Brazil, bringing the connected home to the masses.
<p id="pull-quote">“Insteon’s dual-band RF and powerline architecture handily solves regional nuances in building design, providing a level of reliability that has otherwise proven elusive. Now Brazilian mass-market consumers can take advantage of a connected home lifestyle where all their devices work together in perfect harmony.”</p>
“Smartnex was founded with the vision to improve mass-market access to the joys of tech automation,” said Cesar Franceschi, president of Smartnex. “Before Smartnex, the connected home was cost-prohibitive for the majority of Brazilian citizens. Beyond the price barrier, solutions were too complicated for a homeowner to easily deploy. Insteon changes all this – with the additional benefits of comfort, security and energy efficiency. Together with Insteon, Smartnex will change the home automation market in Brazil.”</blockquote>
Amazon’s Echo Bluetooth speaker can already control a wealth of home automation devices, from Samsung’s SmartThings to Philips’ Hue, but now it has added yet another – Insteon.
Like other home automation devices interfacing with Echo, users can use voice recognition to control the various products located around their home. For example, turning on a light is as simple as saying “Alexa, set living room lamp to 50 percent.” Users aren’t forced to turn on each light one by one either.
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Insteon’s current app is a Windows 8.1 app, and the company keeps it well supported with its most recent update occurring just this August. However, Windows 10 is nearly two months old to the world, and Insteon has yet to get around to releasing a Windows 10 Universal app.
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