By Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune: I’m testing a $160 package of three outlets from a startup called Zuli. The outlets allow me to plug in any device and turn it on and off remotely, set schedules, gather energy consumption, and, if the device is a lamp, I can dim it. But the real magic comes into play when you have three of these outlets plugged into your home, because then they can track where you are and offer presence awareness.
Presence is big. To get to a truly smart home, devices need more context, and knowing where people are in the home is a crucial piece of context. For example, one of the most popular Internet connected devices in the home is probably the Nest thermostat. It can sense when you are home or away based on a proximity sensor in the thermostat. But because thermostats are usually located in out-of-the-way locations, a lot of people find themselves working away in an isolated corner of the house only to realize their thermostat has switched to away mode because they haven’t walked in front of the thermostat in a while. Cont'd...
The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol.
The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls.
• 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory
• 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls.
• Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power
• Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection