Intelligence lives in “main” product cross ratio: the user or not to worry

I stretch out my hand to take out the iPhone plug at the side of the wheelchair, then start the Hive. More a few times on the screen, you will hear from all corners of the room a clicking sound. After a few seconds, I heard in the central heating system, central heating boiler before getting started. Perhaps this is a familiar sound, but this experience was very different.

I suddenly smiled, because I know, when I want to change the heating table or adjust its device, no need to bother to take my walking stick to hard knock boiler that unreachable array switch, also don’t have to bother others for my heating operation table. The future is in front of my eyes, just a good application.

smart home – the most basic is to different devices in the home, like a thermostat, lighting, and door lock, etc., to connect to the Internet, and to control them by a smart phone, it will be a kind of accessibility of the masses of users favor. However, like many technology before, smart home beautiful vision of the future is the need to spend a lot of money, often too complicated). Promote it to the general public, including people with physical disabilities, like me intelligent household will make a great difference to our life. And that was just the beginning of the change.

recently, a series of new smart home products have entered the market, the traditional consumer electronics companies and entrepreneurial companies through Kickstarter and IndieGoGo such a platform to increase funding to help them out. However, it doesn’t like the super smart home intelligent expert traditional sales, the new generation of intelligent products tend to connect loose small pieces of intelligent products, in order to make it the master all the army.

of course, the disadvantages of the smart home is its devices are discrete, basically is that these devices will not be able to contact each other and this requires every single application to run, even can’t have been so sensitive. But here too many uncertainty factors.

to iOS users, the company introduced a HomeKit, a (with locking function) to integrate third-party platform for the intelligent household equipment, to allow them to interact with each other, and with apple Siri to connect with each other.

Nest began by “Works with Nest” began to open, the company of the Nest learning thermostat may be defined as the hub of smart home, makes the movement of other applications and equipment using intelligent thermostat sensor to improve their ability.

other scramble to become the brand of smart home standard is a Wink, and samsung Smartthings acquisition. The bridge service of Internet IFTTT on different intelligent devices provide interoperability work also do very well.

we comb for you today the representative of the intelligent household on the market for intermediate products, compare their respective advantages and disadvantages, hoping to help you choose and buy of smart home, at the same time give is committed to intelligent household entrepreneurs to provide some experience for reference.

Hive Active Heating

Hive Active Heating is the UK energy a household name in Britain, British gas smart thermostat is provided by the pilgrim beart company technology. The device can replace the existing temperature controller and the switch of the boiler, heating by mobile phone to make your home Hive application under control.

because orders are sent through the cloud, so need to be permanently connected to the Hive system in addition to your WiFi network on the Internet. However, this also means that you can remote open air warming system in the home, even when you are away from home, can also, in a cold the winter night is especially convenient.

recently, British gas, has increased in the device, the characteristics of geographical location, can according to the distance from home, to remind you should shut down automatically, open, or the higher intelligent heating system.

on the other hand, the Hive active function system is not particularly good, at least better than other intelligent thermostat sensitive on the market. I am currently considering Hive self-learning algorithm, it helps to know your home in all weather conditions, how long will it take to heating or more degrees geographic barrier function, which means it can be set to automatically switch heating after you go home.

there is no open API, which means that the other smart home devices and applications can’t contact with Hive, although I hope that in the near future to be able to change.

The advantage of

a well-designed application across multiple platforms, iOS, Android, and Web;

when you leave home can control the central heating and hot water;

unlike rivals Hive can free professional installation for users;

not overly dependent on the application of the Hive and reassuring, including physical control Hive temperature controller itself.


is made up of three separate hardware components: a hub, receivers, and thermostat.

is not particularly sensitive, there is no API for third-party integration applications.


philips Hue is a “network” lighting system, including all kinds of LED based on light bulbs and other lighting products, through your local WiFi network control them; Of course, also can choose to control through clouds, etc. HUE through smart phones are the main functions of the ability to adjust your lighting effects.

the public version of Hue products include a Hue starter kit, provides three LED color light bulbs, and need the Hue of hub, can and as many as 50 bulbs are working in the same local area network (LAN). This allow me as their intensity and color adjustment, to use my iPhone switch three any Hue of light bulbs – two in the break room and one in the hallway. The latter feel some fancy at first but soon became a great way to change the atmosphere of the room, when a person at home, this is particularly useful for it.

it also has a place not too well, if someone is on the wall of the existing switch the lights off, Hue light bulbs will be corresponding will no longer receive power, so the network will disconnect temporarily, and through Hue program control. It is not philips Hue of the problem of a product, but in almost all of the connection is very common in lighting solutions.

Hue and the main characteristic is strong in the development of the ecological system, it has witnessed a growing number of third-party applications and services add support for the connection of philips lighting. This means, for example, you don’t insist on official iOS and Android application it does not matter, because it is too complicated and not intuitive.

The advantage of

although I don’t like to put another hub in my living room, but Hue set is really very convenient;

good light bulb;

good developer support, formed a large number of third-party applications and services integration;

you through control to control the switch of cloud, even if no one in the home, you can also make it look like someone is at home.


is too complex, unintuitive official application;

when only 600 lumens, use the Hue of light bulbs will be brighter;

there is no local optimization, when used in most British families have to install the adapter.


LIFX can be controlled by the smartphone bulb, it can use wifi control, energy saving, more color display, you can use the Android or iOS mobile control. Lifx can reduce energy consumption, life for 25 years. Use to be on the Internet to download the application.

For Hue phillips, a direct competitor is a start-up company LIFX products. But similar products, even propaganda introduction provides a similar text: this function is controlled by smartphone applications and cloud computing to your home lighting. However, unlike HUE, LIFX connected bulb does not need to separate hub, instead, it is directly connected to the home wireless network. Therefore, although LIFX every bulb is more expensive, needs certain upfront costs, but don’t need to buy starter kit, only need a light bulb is enough.
Compared with HUE, LIFX other significant difference between the two is: LIFX bulb is very bright, under the condition of the highest 1017 lumens, LIFX bulb color looks brighter, if your home has a variety of colors of light, it may be very important. Apply to the official LIFX iOS and Android applications also has a lot of HUE is more intuitive than philips experience.
However, although LIFX steadily improved, but the third party’s support and platform of integral feeling is not very mature. LIFX bulb itself is a large volume.

The advantage of

under the condition of about 1000 lumens, LIFX bulb more bright than HUE;

is suitable for the iOS and Android’s intuitive application;

does not need additional hubs.


bulb volume is big, may require a longer lamp shade;

the third party’s support is not as common as HUE;

the higher cost.

WeMo Switch + Motion

belkin WeMo Switch + Motion is the first truly realize the concept of smart home products, rather than just connect the simple furniture. It consists of two parts: the hardware to control outlet with WiFi, and a matching motion sensors, can be anywhere in the home.

the WeMo switch, users can directly control all linked together with the equipment; The Motion is to further deepen the concept of the intelligent switch, only by sensing the user’s action, can complete the automatic, intelligent household tasks.
Now I have not yet fully come up with specific usage scenarios of motion detection. For example: I used the fan and stop all depend on anyone in the room. By combining with IFTTT, in theory, you can also set can be adjusted according to the local climate conditions the behavior of the command. If the ambient temperature is too low, WeMo don’t need to go without testing whether there is a movement, just turn on the switch.

The advantage of

is very easy to install and configure;

intuitive iOS and Android applications and rules-based system;

support IFTTT, enhance the possibility of a basic home automation.


the volume is quite large, hardware adapter is difficult;

use expensive.


apple AirPlay technology, it can make each other between compatibility devices transmit audio, video and photos) to the other side, although I don’t know that at the time, but it should be classified as the beginning of my smart home.

Through an iPhone, iMac, airport express WiFi devices, as well as excellent AirFoil applications, I can be in the lounge and bedroom/home office, respectively from my smart phone or computer speakers on two separate family equipment transfer music also can control the music. This includes stored in iTunes music and other resources, such as services to run on my laptop.

The advantage of

high stability;

on the iOS by promoting;

many speakers compatible AirPlay on the market.


support is not widely;

the higher cost.

what next?

for different people, the vigorous development of smart home means different at present. For a device to become “smart” just need to be connected, whether by local control, and through the cloud – this alone will greatly improve the workability. In the next few years, however, intelligent household will also conduct more skillfully use data and improve the integration between devices and platforms, become more intelligent. Its ultimate objective is to home automation.

now, intelligent household equipment will often give you a lot of control, but need too much human intervention, all of the program is not very smart or autonomy. On the contrary, home automation is the idea behind your home to take care of you, but not you need to take care of it.

in fact, from sport or proximity detection to the air quality testing equipment, a new generation of packaging sensor series intelligent household equipment to enter the market, the possibility of home automation will have infinite possibility. It is not difficult to see, in the future it may further improve its usability and can improve the lives of people with disabilities..


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