I’m not an observant Jew (and certainly not a Rabbi), so I can’t comment on whether or not this product (or concept) is truly Kosher.
Like many inventions, KosherSwitch® technology employs simple concepts to provide indispensable benefits. Our technology revolves around several layers of Halachic uncertainty, randomness, and delays, such that Halachically, a user’s action is not considered to have caused a given reaction. Within the KosherSwitch®, algorithms operating on the internal micro-controller create all of the patented innovation. Once installed, a KosherSwitch®-based device is constantly and autonomously functioning through the cycles detailed below.
When you slide the on/off button, you’re moving an isolated piece of plastic. It is purely mechanical, and is not attached to anything electrical (eletro-mechanically isolated). This is done at a time when you see a green Status Light, which provides 100% assurance that the relevant components within the switch are inactive. Subsequently, after a random interval, the device will activate and determine the position of the plastic by flashing an internal light pulse. The attached light fixture will be triggered only after the switch overcomes two failure probability processes – one prior to this light pulse and one after it. Halachically, your action is simply the movement of an isolated piece of plastic with no implications of causation.
But it does beg the question… can the concept be integrated with SmartThings and/or implemented solely with existing SmartThings technology and various connected lights and controllers?
The solution seems to rely on the fact that the physical activation of the switch does not directly or indirectly cause a light to be turned on or off, and thus no “work” is done (paraphrasing): The light circuit is only opened or closed after a random event has occurred; the isolated plastic switch only exists to prevent or allow the “indirect” random event from occurring or to occur.
In all seriousness: Considering that SmartThings, at times, exhibits non-deterministic behavior… perhaps the Platform already has some or all of the elements necessary for Kosher sabbath compliance?
This is a real product and an honest device integration discussion. If I’ve inadvertently caused any offense, please PM me rather than flagging the post as offensive, so I can perhaps reword the posting? Thank-you!