Logitech has officially entered the home automation market, letting users control the connected devices they already own. One of the big problems with home automation is that there are so many companies out there and different devices that it becomes really difficult for the consumer to make an easy decision. Not to mention that you need a bunch of different apps for each one of them.
That’s what Logitech tries to fix and it thinks it can achieve this with the power of its brand. The company’s new Harmony Living Home line consists in a central hub, called the Harmony Home Hub, that is able to talk to smart devices via RF, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It costs $100 and can be used with an Android or iOS app or in conjunction with one of two new Harmony remotes.
For $150, you buy a button-only remote kit which includes the remote and the above mentioned hub. With this remotem users can interact with the hub as well as up to eight entertainment devices. The best package includes the hub and Logitech’s higher-end remote featuring a 2.4-inch color touchscreen with gesture controls and additional programmability. Owners can use it to control up to 15 entertainment devices but you’ll have to pay $350 for this option.
The remotes will come with full access to Logitech’s database of more than 270,000 compatible entertainment devices, just like other Harmony remotes. According to Logitech, their system can control 6,000 home automation devices right now and even more are being added to the list.
Customers can also opt for the Logitech Harmony Hub Extender which enables additional compatibility of the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, controlling lights, locks, sensors, garage doors and other devices operating through ZigBee or Z-Wave . The Logitech Harmony Hub Extender is expected to be available for a suggested retail price of $130.
Among the brands and platforms compatible with the Harmony library of more than 270,000 devices we find such names as August, Honeywell, Kwikse , Lutron, the Nest Learning Thermostat, PEQ, Philips hue, Schlage, SmartThings, Sylvania, Yale and Zuli. Chad Thompson, senior director of worldwide marketing and product management at Logitech said the following:
“Harmony led the path for simplifying home entertainment, and now we’ve taken that expertise to also simplify home automation. As more connected devices such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Philips hue lights and August Smart Locks come to market and enter the home, there’s more of a need than ever before for a centralized way to simply control all of the home’s devices – the Harmony Living Home lineup does just that.”
Logitech’s brand new home automation line is said to hit retail later this month.