Integration with Insteon Products

It is remarkable how technologies for the Internet of Things and those focusing on smart homes in particular gained so much attention through 2014. We’ve experienced an explosion of creative ideas on how to smartify a home. It’s very exciting, and for 2015 we expect to see even more developments. The burgeoning global Internet of Things market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020, according to IT research agency, IDC. The capabilities in this space look endless and the evolution of the smart home is going really fast.

In this fast changing landscape, one of the world’s best-selling technology that has been in business for more than a decade is Insteon. If you are a fan of the smart home movement, probably you are already familiar. A wide range of Insteon devices are available for you in order to invest and built a smart home. You can find smart thermostats, switches, controllers, dimmers or light bulbs and outlets. Insteon devices interoperate through power lines, radio frequency (RF) communications, or both. Controlling all the smart appliances is done via the Insteon Hub. It works in combination with your home router and gives you the ability to access and control your home appliances via your phone or tablet either while in your home or when you are away. Even though, some users report that the software app in some cases is inconsistent and incomplete – Insteon is an established technology that offers a reliable and affordable home automation solution.

A natural next step is to start combining your appliances. “When I’m away, switch off the thermostat and lights” or “When I return home, bring them back on” so the home is waiting for you. Can this be done with Insteon? Unfortunately not. What about extending your smart home by adding smart appliances from other brands? Like that nice WiFi door lock, or those color led bulbs. Can these devices interact with the Insteon smartphone application? Again, the answer is negative. Insteon is not compatible with products from other brands. If you are a smart home owner, you do know that these features are not just “nice to have”. They are critical.

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We, Smart home owners, need a radical change on how we interact with our homes. We need new ways to make the management of all our smart appliances easier and more convenient.

Fortunately, we can get a lot of help from Sensorflare. How?

Sensorflare works with Insteon products, and makes them instantly compatible with a broad range of smart home products. No more obstacles in communication with smart appliances from other vendors. All Insteon appliances can be easily combined with Zigbee, Z-wave, Wifi, Bluetooth devices and many more. Start with your connected products from your favourite brands – including Insteon, Philips Hue, Nest, Ecobee and others – and control them from Sensorflare. Now, they are all connected via Sensorflare, so you don’t need a different app for every product. Finally! Now you have more choices when it come to the proper devices for your home.

But this is not the only thing. You can now add the missing intelligence to your Insteon Smart Home. Sensorflare identifies meaningful ways that your devices can be combined and used and presents a collection of Intelligence suggestions. Sensorflare connects with all your smart appliances and identifies combination of devices and usages than we even perform subconsciously. It provides simple suggestions on how to improve your smart home experience by auto-optimising the operation of each individual device. Let’s say that the gateway door of your house is connected to the Internet, together with the entrance lights. So, every time you approach, you can control them via your smartphone. This is a habit, a routine. By recognizing such habits, Sensorflare identifies the repetition of your actions and proposes to automate them! Now, every time you are coming back, your home is already waiting for you without the need to reach for your smartphone and tap the screen! Take a look!

Cool, eh?

In Sensorflare we bring people and things together, we create a unified experience with people in foreground. Make your life simpler by connecting to the things that matter.

What’s your experience been with Insteon? Help us out in comments!

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Sensorflare: Speak to your Smart Home

It is known that the smart home market is growing.  Devices and technologies embracing the Internet of things (IoT) become more ubiquitous. There are more and more devices being launched into the market each week that can connect to your home. According to Business Insider, connected-home device shipments will grow at a compound annual rate of 67% over the next five years, much faster than smartphone or tablet device growth, and hit 1.8 billion units shipped in 2019. There are so many different gadgets from the biggest brand names available these days like Nest or Ecobee smart thermostats, Belkin We-Mo or Insteon switches, Philips Hue or LIFX lights, August or Unikey door locks, Dropcam, Fitbit, Jawbone and many more that promise to make your life better.

If you have a mixture of different smart devices in your home maybe you are interested in communicating in a more natural way with them!
You might wonder, “what does it mean?”.

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Did you remember the Clapper? Clapper is a sound activated electrical switch sold by Joseph Enterprises and marketed with the slogan “Clap on, clap off”! These devices were built on the notion that remote controls weren’t nearly convenient enough. So, they allowed people to operate appliances without getting up! Today we have got smartphones or tablets for that. Right? Using today’s technology, we are able to control and monitor the lights, the locks, the switches, the blinds with a touch of a button! We have total control of our home! Isn’t this great?

The booming smart home industry is giving consumers the ability to explore the experience of living in a smart space with so many intelligent features that may sound too good to be true, but I assure you it isn’t. The voice control of your home is truly one of the most incredible experiences! You can say things like “turn on the lights”, “turn off the thermostat” or “lock the door” and your home will know what you mean. Using short commands related to home automation you are able to control and manage all your smart devices only with your voice. Ok, you might think that this is quite difficult or it is not ready for consumers yet. However, the era of speaking to your house has arrived! It’s great to be able to speak to your smart home controlling and managing all your smart devices only with your voice!

How could you do that? Via Sensorflare! Because Sensorflare lets you speak to your smart home. You don’t believe me? Find out more here

Using the Sensorflare Genie you will be able to speak to your houses. It allows you to interact with your connected gadgets by using voice commands. Now, you can control your home with your voice anytime, anywhere. Lights, security, climate, and more! We are making sure your voice is heard with Sensorflare. Sensorflare uses a voice-activated control for your smart home using Speaktoit Assistant technology and exploiting the api.ai functionality to understand the semantics of the command and neo4j to traverse the ontology with all the devices matching the semantics. Cool, eh? You can use it right now…

Let us know what you think!

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Smart home: start your experience!

Why would people be interested in smart homes? This is an easy question to answer. With hundreds of smart home devices in the market, it is easy to create a smart home! A home where you are in control of lights, temperature, locks, windows, blinds, and so much more. Smart technology is here adding value and convenience to our lives and at the same time it is now affordable and available to everyone! The “connected home” – a new label for an old home automation concept – is no longer the privilege of a few. It is coming near you at an incredible speed and increasingly affordable prices.

Start your smart home experience by using smart light bulbs!

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So, what do you think? Is it worth investing in a smart home?
The answer is TOTALLY!

You may actually start with your lights! It is the best choice, especially for those who want to experiment with the “connected home” but don’t feel yet ready to install a whole automation smart home system. There are many different smart light bulbs on the smart home market – like Philips Hue connected lamps, LIFX, LG, GE, WeMo, Lumen, Emberlight, or Samsung and others – that promise to make your life easier, comfortable and convenient. Who wouldn’t love to be able to control lighting?

Start your smart home experience by using smart light bulbs!

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Imagine how many cool things you can do with your smart light bulbs! First of all, anywhere you are, you can control your home lights, using your smartphone. You will never need to go back and check if you have left something on that should have been turned off. You are just a click away from your light bulbs! You can also create your own private ambiance to match your mood by changing the light color or the brightness. For example you could turn all your lights red to celebrate Valentine’s day! You can adjust your smart lights to do so many things: to turn on when it’s time to wake up, to blink when you are tagged in a photo on Facebook, to change color when your baby wakes up, to turn on if you oversleep…The capabilities are nearly boundless since you can create your own intelligent tasks and connect your smart light bulbs to other smart devices using Sensorflare. So, are you ready to start creating your smart home?

You can start unboxing your new smart light bulb. Sensorflare will see your smart device. It will take a few moments to connect it and create your profile. Yes! Your smart bulb is here! What can you really do with a smart bulb and Sensorflare? Well, let’s see the below different scenarios:

Wake me up! – I’m home! – I have a phone call! – I have an email! – Setting the mood! – Tell me when the weather changes! – Remind me to take a break from working or studying! – Remind me when my favourite show is on TV! – and much more…

So many possibilities. With Sensorflare you can set your smart bulb to turn on/ off automatically, creating your own smart tasks. Sensorflare develops ways for smart light bulbs to work in creative new ways with each other and things including home security systems, home appliances, smoke detectors and door locks. Knowing your habits and needs Sensorflare will suggest you intelligent recipes for your lights in order to get full control over the light in your life. And just remember… There are some big names in the smart lights space and some new players as well, regardless the brand Sensorflare is here achieving the highest level of intelligent.

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Juggling with the Internet of Things

People let’s be honest, it’s no secret! On planet Earth there is a global trend that is known as Internet of Things,or IoT, or Internet of Everything, or Machine-to-Machine… By any name, there is one conclusion – the Internet of Things is the most increasingly burgeoning topic. There are so many articles and conversations that explain not only what exactly is the “Internet of Things”, but also the complexities, the pros and cons, the effect in our lives. Living in this new era of connectivity, smart devices like thermostats, plugs, lighting systems, sensors, activity trackers can speak to each other sending and receiving data. This is actually the idea of global interconnection growing up day by day. The analyst firm Gartner says that in 2020, there will be up to 30 billion devices connected with unique IP addresses, most of which will be products. It is truly remarkable! This means that many smart devices will be used by one user. But there is one question about this: “How can this user manage all those different smart devices?”

Users need to juggle all their Internet of Things devices. Is it always so fun?

Juggling with Internet of Things devices

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Let’s say that you are living in a smart home. All your smart appliances are full of promise: lights that turn on when the sun sets or your door opens, coffee makers that turn on when you wake up, thermostats turning on when you approach and save money, garage doors that open when you come home after work. The issue is that suddenly the convenience and simplicity of the smart home becomes burdensome and stressful. It is the rule, the more devices you bring home the more different apps you need to control wasting your precious time. What you need?

 

 

 

The answer is simple! You need Sensorflare.

Our cloud platform adds genuine intelligence to all smart devices – regardless the brand –  harnessing them to understand the user’s habits and needs to ultimately enhance everyday life without the hassle of complex configuration. Speaking many language such as Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Insteon, and more we are ready to offer you the only experience improving your everyday life. Sensorflare will observe, understand and suggest intelligent targeted app to the user bypassing any complex configuration reaching on a more human level. Changing the way that people connect with their smart devices we add value to people’s life. Our mission has just begun.

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Afraid to let your home grow intelligence?

OK – let’s face it. New York Times is always full of interesting articles. The article “Silicon Valley sharknado” by Maureen Dowd is an excellent example. After reading it, you start wondering if you should worry about rampaging robots. Should we keep an eye on investments in artificial intelligence companies for “scary outcomes” ? Should we be afraid of robots turning psychopathic and chase us off the Earth and up to Mars?

What about houses? We are in a position where we can monitor the appliances, lights, thermostats and understand if their performance can be improved. We do not have to invent a cyber brain to do this. Existing algorithms can be used to make our homes intelligent.

Having a house that can reason about how we use our appliances and how we could save energy by switching some of them off, sounds interesting. Is this so scary? A home thinking and organizing things better than we do. For some of us it may sound scary.

Home: “You should not watch TV – tomorrow you have to wake up early. Your bed is ready.” Sounds like Mama? Well, we all love them. But do we still need them to always be there?

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Connected Dump Objects

In a recent post in Time magazine, Alex Hawkinson (founder and CEO of SmartThings) shares his vision of the future where “Eventually, everything that should be connected will be connected”. This indeed points to a very promising future – the future of Internet, where the physical and cyber domains will be truly connected. Many predict that by 2020, billion of devices will be connected, providing an unprecedented array of applications and services. Intuitive examples have been visualized into impressive videos, showing great business opportunities. A very nice video produced by the EU Commission for dissemination purposes of the FP7 R&D program under the title “Internet of Things Europe – The Movie: Imagine everything was linked …” is one such example. Yet having all these “dump objects” connected is it enough? By examining currently available technologies, it is evident that the complexity of orchestrating simple tasks, such as “text me when my son runs out of the front door before breakfast”, or “brew my coffee automatically at 06:00 and 11:00” is enormous. And these tasks require just one device to be connected. Imagine trying to define a task that incorporates two devices. For example: “start brewing  coffee when I am almost done jogging”. Can you imagine going through the configuration screens to setup this task? What about more devices? It is therefore essential to develop new technologies that will allow the devices to self-configure. To monitor our behavior and adapt their operation to better serve our needs. To do this by requiring the minimum interaction. Having every single dump object  connected is not the goal of the Internet of Things. It is just the first step towards unleashing its true potential.

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