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Logitech, the company more famous for keyboards and mice has officially entered the home automation space. The company is exploring ways to connect the rest of the house to create a seamless experience across all home automation equipment.
At an event Tuesday night in San Francisco, the company’s CEO Bracken P. Darrell introduced the lineup of home automation products as well as a list of partners that includes Philips Hue, Lutron, SmartThings, Honeywell, August, Nest and more that will collaborate with the Logitech gear.
Home automation has become increasingly popular in a relatively short period of time. But with innumerable crowd funded projects in this space, it has ultimately ended up with a very fragmented ecosystem. Different devices use different protocols, hence consumers are compelled to go the custom installation or integrated package route.
Logitech’s new Harmony Living Home line does an excellent job of managing home automation, synchronize functionality, and allow integration with as many gadgets, smartphones, tablets, appliances, and home systems as possible. Harmony line is a series of universal remote controls, now includes the Home Hub, Ultimate Home remote, Home Control remote and Hub Extender. The system makes use of the Harmony Home Hub, to communicate to smart devices through RF, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
“[You] can easily combine multiple devices into Activities to trigger at once so you can power on your TV, dim your lights, adjust the temperature and open your window shades all at the same time,” says Logitech. “You can start an Activity with one touch of your remote or mobile device, automatically on a custom schedule, or by passing a sensor. You can even trigger Activities from the Harmony Mobile App when you’re not at home.”
Consumers can purchase the hub alone for $100 that can act as a center piece and use the full functionality with just the mobile app.
For $150, consumers can buy a hub that bundles a button-only remote. This remote can be used to interact with the hub and program scenes to specific buttons.
The top-of-the-line configuration includes the hub and Logitech’s Harmony Ultimate Home for $350. The remote control features a 2.4-inch color touch screen that mimics the phone’s interface with gesture controls and additional programmability, it can control up to 15 entertainment devices.
Logitech said that remotes have full access to 270,000 devices already in its database, just like other Harmony remotes. The company believes Harmony can become a uniting platform for most connected home devices.