Smart Hubs Competing To Control Your Home
A crowdfunding hit from Netherlands-based start-up Athom, Homey recently raised more than twice the amount of money it was seeking on Kickstarter from supporters around the world. Of course, it won’t be shipping out to them until April of next year at the earliest, but still, Homey is a hub we’ll be keeping an eye on. Read our first take of Homey.
The tech titan Microsoft announced that it would be teaming up with Insteon to bring smart home controls straight into the Live Tiles of phones, tablets, and PCs running Windows 8, and to bring a plethora of kits and devices (pricing varies) directly into Microsoft retail outlets. It’s a smart home marriage that has us intrigued, and it might be just the jolt this automation old dog needed. Read our full review of the Insteon Hub.
New this summer in the US, Canada, and Mexico, the Lutron Smart Bridge transforms Caseta Wireless plug-in lamp dimmers, Pico remote controls, and Serena battery-powered window shades into Wi-Fi-enabled home automation products. Moving forward, there’s plans to support products like the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, too. Read our review of the Lutron Smart Bridge.
Revolv, currently available only in the US, scores big for its fun, funky design and its playful app. Plug one in at home, and you’ll be able to control your smart lights, smart locks, connected thermostats, wireless cameras, and more, all from within a single ecosystem. We also love the way Revolv incorporates geofencing to trigger your automations as you come and go. The only problem: at a price of $300, Revolv is competing with a new generation of hubs that make similar performance claims — and cost a lot less. Read our review of the Revolv Smart Home Solution.
SmartThings is the rare crowdfunding success story that managed to live up to the hype. With a wide array of sensors for monitoring activity around the home and a robust, growing list of third-party device support, this is a powerful system with a lot to offer, especially if you’re willing to get creative. International shipping beyond the US and Canada isn’t available just yet. Read our review of SmartThings.
The new D-Link version of the hub retails for $80 and boasts a bold, eye-catching new design, along with added support for Zigbee and Bluetooth LE-based devices. Staples will roll out the new flagship device into 500 stores across the US, while cutting the price of the original Linksys model down from $100 to $50. Read our first take of the Staples Connect Hub (D-Link Edition).