The two companies shown in this video are called WigWag and Yonomi. WigWag sells you a "Relay," which they say "is a powerful mini computer that gives you control of your home's smart devices." The minimum pre-order buy-in for WigWag seems to be a $149 WigWag Relay. Their 'products' page his page shows the Relay -- and many other gadgets and kits that could easily run your total tab up to $1000 or more. Yonomi, on the other hand, "resides on your phone and in the Cloud. No need for a hub, controller box or other additional hardware. Yonomi magically finds and enhances your existing connected devices allowing them to interact with one another in ways never before possible."
Yonomi may start with a free Android app (iOS coming soon), but you still need to buy lights, speakers, thermostats, and other things that are Internet-aware, so you're not going to save much (if anything) over buying a WigWag relay and the rest of what you need to create your own, private Internet of Things. And what about good old X10 and other home control systems? They're still out there, still doing their thing in millions of homes even if they aren't getting all the IoT buzz. In any case, it's nice to see new home automation alternatives coming down the pike, even if their cloudness may make them easier to hack than an old-fashioned appliance like this coffeemaker.
Kent: Hi, I’m Kent. I’m from Yonomi.
Ceci: Hi, my name is Ceci Bergstedt. I do social marketing here for Wigwag in Austin, Texas.
Kent: Yonomi is a software that you put on your smartphone that discovers all of your connected devices and makes them work together because we’re all having these connected devices start to show up in our homes, whether it’s Nest or Sonos or Activity Trackers. And they’re great but they don’t work together.
Ceci: So, right now our Wigwag relay is already working with Philips Hue bulbs, both the colorable and Lux bulbs, as well as Belkin Wemo switches, and LIFX colorable bulbs and the Sonos wireless speakers. After that we are working on other Z-Wave and Zigbee products as well as Wi-Fi, so it’s a Nest thermostat, Dropcam other popular devices like that.
Kent: So Yonomi is the glue that makes them work together. When you install the app on your phone it finds all your smart devices and organizes them into simple automated routines so they suddenly work together and make your life a little bit simpler.
Ceci: What we have here today are smart, colorable LEDs called filaments, they are full range RGBs, as well as warm and cool whites, they can be controlled through your mobile phones, mobile tablet or on a desktop interfaces as well. So the bulbs are being controlled by our Wigwag Relay which is the hub for our system, and it runs on open source software called DeviceJS which is built on top of NodeJS. And what is so special about that is it allows third party developers to go in and add their devices into our system so that you can build one ecosystem on one app, so you don’t have to go through your phone and flip through a bunch of apps to turn on your lights and lock your door and all that is in one central location for easy organization and easy control.
Kent: Now, behind the scenes, there is actually a lot of complexity in that, but I think we do a reasonably good job of masking that from the user. So, you don’t have to know that one thing talks to Zigbee, one thing talks to Wi-Fi, one thing talks to Bluetooth, we do sort of make it work together.
Kent: That’s right. The phone itself acts as a bridge and we do a lot of processing in the cloud to make all the magic happen.
Ceci: So, our two co-founders used to work for Lifesize Communications. And so they did a lot of things like videoconferencing and automation for more industrial purposes and what they found was that a lot of people were having trouble with automation, that it was too complex that it wasn’t reliable and so, they created Wigwag to solve those problems.
Kent: We are working on an SDK so we can just open it and let other people build connectors to us rather than the other way around.
Ceci: We want to be able to take all those languages that are out there because there are so many and put them in one so that it’s easier for consumers, easier for industrial purposes to be able to get all your devices to work cohesively.
Kent: We make it as simple as possible. And once you set up those routines, then they just run after that. I write a poem, my temperature adjusts, the music comes on, may be the lights come on. I get a phone call, my Sonos speakers will mute while I’m talking on the phone. I hang up, they come back on.
Ceci: It’ll all be in one app, so you don’t have to worry about how it’s stacking up, or a million different apps on your phone taking up space.
Tim: Is it available?
Kent: It is available on Google Play Store and in Apple App Store in a couple of months.
Ceci: It’ll all be one smart home.