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Meet Homey, device to control all your devices with a smartphone or speech

Posted at 28 May 2014 18:06 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Two Dutch entrepreneurs started a project on KickStarter to raise money for a device called Homey which allows to control any device in your living room using speech or a mobile application. To achieve this, the Homey has several radio and infrared (IR) modules onboard.

The Homey should be able to control TVs, lights, music players and preferably any remotely controlled device possible for which the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, ZigBee, Z-Wave, 433.92 MHz
nrf24l01+, Infrared. It’s also possible to send commands to multiple devices at once.

This makes it possible to tell the Homey you want to watch a movie using a voice command. The device will then switch on the TV, switch on the speakers and dim the lights. Or when you get home  your lights fade on, your thermostat is already set to a comfortable level and your favorite music is streamed to your receiver. To know how to send the right commands to devices the Homey connects to an online database which is also updated every time it learns to talk to a new device.

Besides controlling devices, the Homey is also connected to online sources of information which makes it possible to use its text to speech feature to read out loud emails and weather and traffic updates.

The Homey is powered by the credit card sized low cost Raspberry Pi computer and comes in a 11 cm / 4.3″ sphere form factor. It It  has a LED light inside which can light-up in different colors.

The Homey should cost €399, but the first buyers can currently obtain the device for  €199  ($270) with prices going up depending on availability. Kickstart buyers should receive the device in the second quarter of 2015.

The developers have already spent three years of their life on Homey first as a hobby project and later also as part of an University project.

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There are 6 comments

MyCE Resident
Posted on: 28 May 14 22:46
    I hear Gollum's voice saying "My Preciousssssss."
    MyCE Junior Member
    Posted on: 29 May 14 02:43
      I don't think the Pi will be handling the voice recognition. Not if they want it to be any good anyway. So it will be like a physical extension to Google now or Cortana.
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 29 May 14 09:38
        I keep hearing one of the Wayans brothers ordering the electronics...

        Or needing to use one of their funny voices to make things work...
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 30 May 14 03:41
          This sounde cool, but be warned: some computer cracker could thorectically make your life a living hell. Also, if Homey comes with any non-free/proprietary software, Homey could easily become the the ultimate trojan.

          But, if the users control the programs (rather than the programs controlling the users), Homey could easily be the start of a new generation of technology, opening a market that will see fierce competition for years to come.
          MyCE Senior Member
          Posted on: 30 May 14 21:26
            "I'm sorry Dave, but I can't do that"
            Blown to smitherines
            Posted on: 01 Jun 14 14:37
              Electric Dreams ...

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