Interesting… but I don’t know if it’s really a significant upgrade in ability or price of existing ST options.
For example… one of the Kickstarter options:
For $34 (+$10 for shipping) I can get a Kumosensor which gives me Occupancy, temp, and humidity. Or I can go on ebay and get an AEON z-wave motion sensor that also includes temp, humidity, and lums for $50 shipped. Kumo beats that price by $6 – BUT, I also need a base station that will read that Kumo sensor. I’ve already got the ST hub that’ll read the z-wave just fine.
If you don’t have a ST setup already then maybe Kumo makes more sense, but as you said it doesn’t have the same “whole house” vision that ST has.
I also found it somewhat misleading… while they don’t say directly that you can heat or cool just some rooms in the house, they almost give that impression, which obviously isn’t possible unless you have independent heating/cooling systems for different areas of your home. Of course, if you do, then you almost certainly had more than one thermostat controlling those, so then is starts to defeat the purpose of having the Kumo system.