If you’re a creature of habit, this new home control device could be your new best friend. Why? Because it learns what you like and adjusts smart devices around your home accordingly. You don’t have to program a thing. The KLUG Home from Intraix, an innocuous looking USB stick, employs machine learning algorithms to monitor and learn from your personal changes and preferences. Do you like your home at a certain temperature when you come home from work? KLUG Home knows this and sets the thermostat. Same goes for the lighting and other home amenities.
When KLUG Home isn’t modifying your home’s environment automatically, you can control devices that are connected wirelessly to it via your voice. KLUG Home can talk to today’s most popular digital assistants, including Alexa (Amazon Echo), Siri (Apple HomeKit), and Ok Google (Google Now).
The KLUG Home USB stick plugs into a Wi-Fi router and connects to smart devices from a variety of manufacturers including Nest and SmartThings, and integrates with products following communications protocols including Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Apple HomeKit, and Google Now. It can also connect to many third-party smart devices, including Fitbit, Netatmo Weather Station, Philips Hue lights, Billion smart plugs, and various alarm systems and motion sensors.
“We believe that smart devices can be even smarter when they work together and play off of each other’s synergies,” says Bryan Lee, co-founder of Intraix. “A truly smart home starts with better software—and this is where we make a difference. We’ve designed KLUG Home to listen, learn, and understand your habits and preferences at home. It gets smarter as it gets to know you better and is able to develop single contexts across multiple devices that you own and use most.”
KLUG Home is available for pre-order for $79 from Indiegogo; the first units are scheduled to ship in October.