AlmaDom.us is an ambitious project that start from a simple observation: why common home automation is based on decades-old technologies? Smartphones have high computational capabilities, are easy to use and connected to everything via wireless. We want to apply those features to the home automation
Almaware, an Italy-based IT company, would like to announce the launch of the indiegogo campaign for its new product: AlmaDom.us, an embedded device for the home automation, which key feature is to fit in the standard gang boxes.
AlmaDom.us is an ambitious project that start from a simple observation: why common home automation is based on decades-old technologies? Smartphones have high computational capabilities, are easy to use and connected to everything via wireless. We want to apply those features to the home automation world.
Pull out your smartphone from your pocket and you can see it by yourself: it is as big as a standard gang box, it can connect via wireless to the Internet and to other devices, and has the computational capability of a computer.
However, the majority of domotics solutions on the market are based on a central unit (with closed hardware and software), which need to be connect via a wire to every device in the home. A bunch of features hard to install, since in already-existing houses is hard to add wires in the walls.
From those premises grows the idea of AlmaDom.us. We trashed the concept of domotic installation, and applied the concept of domotic network. Every AlmaDom.us is a node of this network, wireless connected to each AlmaDom.us in the house, to the Internet, and to other devices (for example through the z-wave protocol). Has to be installed instead of the common switches: a very easy installation indeed, just need to connect the already existing wires to the relays. From the gang box, AlmaDom.us can control the electronic devices (lights, shutters or replace your thermostat).
You can interact with AlmaDom.us in different ways. Through its integrated 4.3" touchscreen, using your voice or even remotely using a smartphone, a tablet or a pc.
Voice recognition will work just as Siri of Apple. Recognizes directives and fulfill them. This features, cool for everyone, it's particularly useful for people with visual or interaction impairments.
AlmaDom.us is a small computer, so it can perform smart tasks. It can automate some operations, like turn on lights in the entrance when outside is dark and someone enter the home. It can monitor heating time and turn on the furnace only when really needed. It can also perform advanced operations, like, in summer, close the shutter of the side of the house more exposed to the sun to reduce the usage of the air conditioner.
AlmaDom.us has built-in power measurement devices. Registered data can be used to produce reports and graphs, so the user can monitor the power usage in his home. Data will also be used in active manner to reduce energy waste.
The software of the device will be expandable. Free and open APIs will be released at the same time of the product, to let developers from every part of the world to create their own themes, plugins and apps.
Third party software will be distributed through a marketplace just like the Apple Store.
The indiegogo campaign is live right now, and will last 50 days.