When choosing a home automation or security system one of the main factors to consider is its ease of use. It really won’t be a good product if the average consumer is going to have a hard time setting it up and using it. This is one of the reasons why several of these devices have not been selling well in the market.
A new campaign over at Indiegogo aims to change this by providing a system that almost everyone is familiar with while offering a whole lot more. Meet the ALYT, described as the “the first Android-based self-learning smart home & security manager.” The device comes with several communications protocols such as cellular radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi and can work as a security system, smart home system, or an energy saving system. It can be controlled using any iOS or Android device.
The ALYT is easy to setup and can be up and running in a few minutes straight out of the box. What’s even interesting is the device will learn your habits and in a few weeks will be able to fine tune itself with your preferences.
Here’s what the device can do
- Window or door sensor
- Alarm system remote control
- Motion sensor
- Indoor or outdoor wireless IP camera
- PIR Sensor
- Volumetric outdoor sensor
- 115/230Vac actuator
- LAMP holder actuator
- Temperature sensor
- Smoke detector
- Door lock
- Water flood sensor
- Wall plug
- Philips HUE lights
- Z-Wave Repeater and range extender
- Digital thermostatic head
- Switch actuators with current measurement
- Dimmer actuator with current measurement
- Socket switching actuator with current measurement
- Z-Wave clamp power meter
While this device is interesting and can be used by the regular consumer it is more likely that the tech-savvy crowd will be its target audience since the device supports an open development environment. This means that anyone can tinker around with it and add more features easily.
- OS: Android 4.2/4.3
- CPU: Dual Core ARM Cortex-A7 1.2GHz
- RAM: 512MB
- Internal storage: 4GB
- Connectivity: 3G,UMTS,WCDMA,HSDPA,HSUPA,GPRS,EDGE,Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1/3/4.0 LE, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Security Wireless Protocol, Infrared, MicroUSB, NFC
- Battery: 2300mAh
The ALYT is designed primarily as a solid security system device. This is evident in its redundant communications protocols used such as the cellular connectivity and its built-in battery which can be used when the power goes out. Aside from its security features the device can act as a smart home manager and save consumers a lot on energy bills.
What’s probably the most interesting part about this device is that it uses an open architecture system making it readily available for anyone to add expansion devices or apps.
ALYT is currently an Indiegogo campaign with the target of reaching $100,000. A total of $27,851 has already been raised with 50 days still left.
If you are interested in supporting this project then check out the link below. A $149 pledge will get you a limited edition ALYT Guru which includes the device itself, a wireless PIR detector, a wireless door sensor, a t-shirt, and schematics of the product.