Some of you may remember that I have plans to automate the new house. When I discovered Wigwag on Kickstarter and became a backer, I pretty much abandoned the Micasaverde Vera-based system I was originally going to go with for home automation duties. That was seven months ago which is ages in the home automation industry now. Things are changing so rapidly and new products are coming on the market all the time. Many offer unique features to set themselves apart like voice control from the Ubi but they also have a lot of overlap in terms of functionality. How do you face the challenge of assembling a home automation system that truly simplifies your life instead of driving you nuts with complexity and cost?
First, a quick comparison:
|Wigwag Sensor Block||Wigwag Glowline||Ubi||Nest Protect|
|Purpose||General home automation, sensing the environment and execution actions.||Controlling RGB or single-color LED strip lights.||The “ubiquitous computer”. Voice recognition. Performs voice commands.||The smoke detector re-invented for the 21st century.|
|Sensors||Motion, Sound, Ambient light, Humidity, Contact closure, Vibration, Temperature, Button||Motion, Ambient light||Sound, Ambient light, Temperature, Humidity, Air pressure||Smoke, |
|Outputs||Analog & digital I/O, Relays||RGB LED strip lights||Voice, Control various other devices||Voice, RGB LED light|
|Connectivity||6LoWPAN||6LoWPAN||802.11 WiFi||802.11 WiFi|
For instance, if voice control is one of your primary objectives, purchase an Ubi. You can get voice control working using your phone and the Wigwag, but you’re likely going to run into some limitations like having to pull out your phone, unlock it, and press a button to speak a voice command. With the Ubi, you simply say “Ok Ubi” and speak your command.
Sure, you may have to invest in multiple devices that do some of the same things and you might end up just not using some features but it’s a small price to pay to get the type of automation features that were once not even available in super expensive high-end systems. Just don’t buy two devices that have the same primary purpose. Once I realized that the Wigwag system could totally replace the Micasaverde Vera, I decided to drop the Vera.
The home automation industry is moving so fast that my plans could change before we’re ready to purchase all of this stuff. I’ll keep you updated.