The one major complaint I’ve always made about DIY home automation solutions is that they’re a disjointed, non-integrated affair, with a mishmash of different apps that often have trouble communicating with one another. It looks like one new startup is seriously bucking that trend, though, and I originally intended to write, “and they need your help,” but that’s no longer the case. WigWag, a new user-programmable, cloud-based, sensor-based automation system that takes a serious hands-off approach to advanced home control, launched on Kickstarter last week, and within a single day had met half of its $50,000 funding goal. Fast-forward through the weekend and the project is entirely funded — with 54 days left to go.
That, of course, means that chances are good that WigWag will successfully launch. It also means that a lot of people out there are looking for a more robust DIY automation solution. Pledge levels start as low as $119 for one WigWag Sensor Block and one relay, allowing you to monitor, measure, and control one device in your home; up to $579 or for a complete home automation kit, with one relay and your mix-and-match choice of ten sensor blocks or Glowlines (LED strips that can be placed along the edge of your hallway to automatically illuminate a path when you wake up at night). And if you want to go wacky and pledge $5,000, you’ll get a completely custom system programmed by WigWag.
Your control options aren’t merely limited to WigWag products, though; the system will auto-detect a number of third-party devices, including Phillips Hue lights and Belkin WeMo smart power outlets, and there are optional dongles to facilitate communication with ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth devices. Programming looks like a simple drag-and-drop affair, and even includes the ever-important “IF>THEN” commands, which WigWag is calling “When…>Then.”
WigWag lets you build intelligent environments anywhere with Internet-connected sensors and devices by letting you graphically write rules, “When” [this] happens “Then” do [that]. No complicated programming languages or computers necessary, rules are easily built on smartphones and tablets.
For more info on WigWag, check out the Kickstarter video below and head over to the project page — and make sure to scroll down to the “Geek Area” for the really in-depth info.
Via [Kickstarter: WigWag: Scan it. Control it. Rule it. Share it.]