So between Nest, Sonos music system and all of the connected Smartthings devices, my home has started to become more automated and requires a lot of cell phone use to get everything the way we want. In order to help alleviate the constant need for a cell phone or in case anyone else in the house would like to control our devices, I have been looking for a solution that could be placed in the wall, such as a tablet. Most controls are expensive and tablets are overpriced, poor quality for cheaper ones or too big. Yesterday on indiegogo, I came across a solution that costs about the same as a z-wave wall switch. The product is called bRight Switch. bRight Switch is a color, touch-screen wall switch that provides simple touch selections for immediate use of lights, security, intercom, Pandora® and Skype®. It is based off android and will have an open API, so you can add most android applications to the screen as shortcuts to help in the automation. Some features: wallpaper can be changed, on/off or dimming, camera and mic (skype calls or security), z-wave, WiFi, bluetooth (depending on version), and more. Overall price is $65 for the non-bluetooth version and $80 for the bluetooth version. There is also the potential to earn free switches.
Learning mode: Learns from your usage patterns over time and automatically turns on your lights based on your living patterns, saving you time and energy.
Dimmer: Use the kind of bulb you want. Selectable for incandescent, CFL, LED bulbs.
Wake up alarm, vacation and on-time timers: No more searching for that vacation timer for the lamp or trying to remember if you turned off the bathroom fan.
Proximity detection/motion sensing: Can turn off your lights when you leave the room, or when no one is using it—great for safety and saving energy.
Temperature: F or C display.
Nightlight/daylight: Dims/brightens screen automatically
Other features: Clock/date display, room name/message display.
Arm One or All: Selectable between arming one unit or all units.
Video: Live or recorded video.
Video Transmit: From switch to switch. (Wi-Fi Required).
Proximity/motion Record: Records video of the room when alarm is set.
Sends Message and Image to Phone: When alarm is triggered.
Video Block: Camera Cover blocks/un-blocks video and images.
WiFi Camera: Accepts WiFi camera video for baby’s room, front porch, or?
Zone Arming: Future feature-coming.
Sends video to phone: Future feature-coming.
I am excited to see how well this play in my setup, but I would also love to see smartthings work with this device as well, imagine the possibilities - if the door opens during work hours start recording video, if motion is detected skype user/police, when presence is detected turn on devices and prepare something…possibilites are endless.
The page can be found at http://goo.gl/jWyW55
I am truly excited and thought others may like to look at it as well.