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Want a smarter, more powerful smarthome? Go for Oomi.

Sections: Digital Home Health, HVAC, Internet of Things, Lighting control, Power management, Remote control, Security, Smart Home

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These days, it seems that every company has already thrown their hat into the smarthome, IoT/IoE ring. If you want wireless lights or wireless sockets or home alarm/monitoring systems, there’s plenty enough choice to go around. But that in itself ends up being a problem.

If you’re like me, then you have at least half a dozen apps from half a dozen different manufacturers. And while the hardware is fairly matched all across the board, there is a significant difference in quality and ease-of-use of software apps and user interfaces. Let’s just say that ‘fast’, ‘simple’, and ‘reliable’ vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

oomi smart home IoT IoEAnd that’s one reason (many) behind the wild success of Oomi. Like other smarthome device manufacturers, Oomi whispers sweet promises of ‘simple’ and ‘easy’ in our ears. But take a look at what they’re creating, and it’s plain to see how their actions underscore the words.

Internet connectivity tends to be the Achilles heel of most IoT devices. No internet? No control. Oomi shrugs off the perpetual need for an internet connection by being smart enough to switch to local hub control. So even if you’re suffering a disruption in service, all of your lights, sensors, cameras will work without skipping a beat.

Forget about juggling multiple apps, or even having to hassle with your smartphone. Oomi trades in all that nonsense for the Oomi Touch Controller (although Android and iOS apps are available for those who want, for free).

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These are Oomi’s Z-Wave friends

This controller combines tactile buttons and touchscreen interaction that works with all Oomi devices and more. Want to add a new device? Tap it with the Oomi Touch Controller, hit confirm, and now you’re all set. The customizable interface lets you create a master control for the entire home.

Best of all, Oomi is designed to work with other products seamlessly. Z-Wave technology is at the heart of it all, which means easy integration of Z-Wave home automation devices with the Oomi Touch. Lights, wall/socket plugs, door/window sensors, environmental (temperature, humidity, light, etc), cameras, and even media entertainment control is possible with one interface. That’s right, you can stream music and HD media content to your TV through Oomi Touch control. Comprehensive control and connectivity? Nailed it.

Check out the Oomi campaign page on Indiegogo. There is a lot more features to read up on – you’ll soon understand why backers have collectively funded close to a million dollars, and the campaign isn’t even halfway over!

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  • LF

    So, are the products actually available or is it still concept? As a disgruntled SmartThings user, former Vera owner, former Homeseer user, former X10 user, the market needs something with the simplicity of Smartthings, with the option of getting into the weeds like Vera/Homeseer, but with stability.

    • http://plus.google.com/+StanleyGoodner/about Stanley Goodner

      The project still has another 30 days of funding on Indiegogo (they asked for $50k, and they’ve received $1.2M in contributions to-date), and their plan is to ship backer rewards come October 2015. Oomi has much potential, but, as with anything IoT/IoE, we’ll have to wait and see how well they execute. I’m not so concerned about the power of the hardware – it’s the user interface and quality of communication programming that will make or break it.

      Just recently, WeMo updated their Android app (finally) with some positive improvements. Namely, I can now open the app and toggle/dim lights efficiently and simply. For months, the app and hub would be so confused and slow that it would take up to a minute for it all to get sorted out. Just over a pair of LED bulbs!

      Unfortunately, sometimes their bug fixes create problems in other areas. It must be tough, considering that the single WeMo app is meant to handle it all. But there are reasonable reasons why the app only gets 3 of 5 (up from 2.5 from 5 last I checked) on Google Play.

      • LF

        Thank you for the response. I lost my last home automation system in divorce. This time around I don’t have the drive to scratch my head for hours writing code to make something work. So, I stayed out of the game until SmartThings came along. However, to do a simple sequence, e.g. turn on the PA first, then turn on the amp, then turn on the sub, I would be back learning their architecture and a new to me language. Then there is the reliability. I want to wake up, turn on the receiver, have Sonos play my favorite radio station. However, it doesn’t work with Harmony anymore so I leave the receiver on, then it randomly forgets to turn on, etc.

        I am not interested with the home automation of the past which meant hours and hours of tinkering to get things to work to 90% reliability. I just want to use my system.