Rachel Cericola at Electronic House reports that Amazon has rolled out a new section of its website dedicated wholly to advanced home control. I was a little skeptical of the Amazon Home Automation Store at first. I mean, what’s next, auctions on eBay? (Oh, wait…)
But I checked it out, and there’s actually a lot to like about the Amazon Automation Store. Naturally there’s the expected list of (literally) thousands of DIY automation products starting at incredibly low prices. But what makes the Automation Store particularly appealing — and valuable — is the numerous articles and how-to videos, which should be extremely valuable to the bravehearted DIY automation crowd. The interface is very easy to navigate as always, and I have to admit, I got a little giddy seeing a list of 313 controllable lighting dimmers populate my screen with one click. As with the rest of Amazon, it’s still easy to end up buying something from a private re-seller (with a shipping location of who knows where and a delivery date of who knows when) but there’s a filter for that. If only I could remember to select it every time.
It’s no secret that people want smarter, greener, more controllable homes. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a professionally installed turn-key system. It looks like the Amazon Home Automation Store has answered the call for a one-stop-shop for all things DIY automation. I assume many of you were already buying these products from Amazon; does the new site make you want to automate more of your home? Maybe do a little upgrading and tweaking? For quite some time, designing the perfect automation system consumed much of my thought process throughout the day. I finally reached a place of inner peace recently where I wasn’t constantly trying to solve the integration problems I see with every system on the market. Well so much for that! I better head back to Amazon and see if I can integrate a solid TV remote with a Mi Casa Verde Vera 3 and a slew of cheap Z-Wave sensors.