One of the problems with modern tech is the fact that nothing seems to talk to each other properly. We’ve got televisions that use IR controllers, air conditioning systems which use RF, then there’s the problem with adding home automation systems which probably talk a completely separate language altogether. How to make it all more simple?
Well this Smart Home WiFi Controller may be one answer. The device works with any iOS or Android smartphone, along with your standard home WiFi system, to help you control things using just a touch of a button on an app. It works by acting as a central command module connected to your router.
Once you pair the hub up with your devices and phone, using IR control codes, you can turn things on and off, alter heating and cooling systems, and even control your home security system or door locks etc using your phone. Rather clever.
Of course, a lot of the value of something like this comes from how compatible it is with generic and specific control codes. As we’ve seen with universal multimedia and TV remote controls, sometimes the pairing and setup of the codes can be very hit or miss. With the result that pressing the volume key, for instance, will open the curtains. Or something. Anyway it’s an interesting idea, and the price is not too bad at just $35.45 / £22.96.