Next Generation Home Automation Hub
One of my hobbies is home automation, and lately I’ve been on the look out for a new device to replace my aging Nevo Q50 remote. The Nevo line, unfortunately was discontinued a couple of years ago and the chances of finding another are slim to none. Then I found NEEO – The Thinking Remote.
After searching high and low, I came across a Kickstarter campaign for NEEO – The Thinking Remote. This device is aiming to be your home automation solution supporting all of the major HA protocols: Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth BLE (low energy), Wi-Fi, 6LowPAN, ZigBee, Thread and Z-Wave protocols and these are right out of the box. They are also looking into support for RF433 which is used my LightwaveRF (popular in Europe). Of course, IR commands are there to control all of your consumer electronics as well via the Brain which is the part that ties everything together. There are too many other devices to possibly list here and the company is always adding more.
On paper, I feel that NEEO is leagues ahead of Logitech’s Harmony line of remotes and I have high hopes for it. All I ask that it not be like some other projects where promises are made during a campaign and suddenly pushed aside with no explanation (I won’t name any names).
NEEO Inc.’s campaign was successfully funded with a total of $1,558,280.00 easily beating the $50,000 campaign goal and has some of the most active backers I’ve come across on Kickstarter. Their main website will soon have more details and you can pre-order the NEEO remote and brain at www.neeo.com and if you were a Kickstarter backer, you are getting the best deal in town for this powerhouse in a little package.