KickStarter Friday – Bringing Home Automation Together.
We have all seen various home automation products showing up in the market and we have written about a number of them. The problem is that few of them really deliver on the ability to bring home automation to a single device which you can then use to manage and monitor things in your home. The idea of having to buy and manage individual devices just does not make sense in today’s technology world. And the idea of paying for a security service when you can do it yourself does not make any sense either. That is where the WigWag comes in to provide you with a way to manage devices which provide a common interface from a central point, your smart phone.
This week’s KickStarter project is the WigWag Home Automation project which has raised over $270,000 of the goal of $50,000. This looks to be a very popular project and one that you should take a look at. It comes with 8 sensors included with it, such as temperature and motion. You do not have to think very hard to see how you could use just those two. And it comes with the “if that then that” (IFTTT) programming interface for you to easily program in things that you want to see happen with this home automation unit. The WigWag seems to have a lot going for it.
The WigWag can interface with any open device communicating over WiFi, ZipBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and RS-232 devices. That gives you a pretty decent number of protocols and products that can work with the WigWag. And there are other devices that you can get on top of the WigWag. There is the WigWag Relay which will let you communicate to the cloud. The WigWag Relay lets you monitor things when you are not at home giving you the kind of home automation that we all want to see with our smart phone. Take some time and look at this one as it has some great features.