Kickstarter has become the breeding ground for some pretty cool control options lately. We just found another interesting item known as WigWag.
WigWag is a sensor-based control system. The actual sensor can be placed almost anywhere, so users can turn on lights and appliances, alert a homeowner to movement, turn on the TV, turn on the water, or do almost anything else that can be automated.
Users can graphically write the rules that let WigWag know that when this happens, it should do that. No programming or computers are necessary; everything can be set up and controlled via the WigWag app for smartphones and tablets.
For instance, if someone enters the backyard, WigWag can send an email. Users can even set permissions for friends and family members.
WigWag includes three items: the Sensor Block, the Glowline, and the Relay.
The Relay connects the WigWag and third-party devices to a cloud service that allows the system to tap into email, Twitter and other web-based services. One Relay can cover the entire house—or you can opt for another for a second location. Also, if you get in on WigWag’s Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be treated to a free lifetime WigWag Cloud subscription with the purchase of each Relay.
The compact Sensor Block packs in eight environmental sensors, four control features, and two expansion ports. It can measure light, detect motion, sound, temperature, humidity, movement, and contact closure, Users can also set up infrared (IR) tripwires between two blocks. It can even control other things, such as an electronic relay and IR devices.
Finally, the Glowline is similar to rope lighting. This purchase comes with an 8-foot strip of RGB LED strip lighting and a power supply.
WigWag is designed to work with a variety of third-party devices, including WiFi, IP, RS-232, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth.
WigWag is planning to use its Kickstarter proceeds to tweak the product design, make things smaller and make things legal—by completing FCC and ECC testing. Pledges start at $1 and go as high as $5,000 (or higher, if you’re willing). The project is about $15K away from being funded, so if you want a piece of the action, you have until August 18, 2013.
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