I posted this over at the Kickstarter page, but I figured I’d post my feelings on Z-Wave dimmers vs. Ube dimmers. Any thoughts/feedback would be appreciated.
I can see pros and cons of both the Z–Wave dimmers and the Ube dimmers.
Negatives of Z-Wave (from what I’ve read): Dimmers are known to emit an audible hum, and you can only control one light from each switch.
Positives of Z-Wave: Essentially a seamless integration with SmartThings, no fees for cloud/remote access/control of the switch, and they are about $10 a switch cheaper.
Negatives of Ube: A bit more expensive, possibly charging a monthly fee for remote control of switch and extra information (I have a question about this as well…see below).
Positives of Ube: Can control multiple lights/switches with one dimmer switch, gesture driven, light usage information displayed (possibly a part of the monthly fee), no mention of audible noise/hum from switch (but this is a bit of an unknown as they have not been released).
As for my previous question, if Ube was to charge a monthly fee to access their switches remotely, but has an open API, could SmartThings users use the open API to access the Ube switches remotely and avoid/circumvent the fee?
Just trying to figure out the best route to go down to “smarten” up our home.