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ARCHOS’ Connected Home

ARCHOS has made a lot of noise with their recent announcement of a range of budget Android Phones (Helium 45 and Helium 50), But that doesn’t seem to be enough for the company. They have announced an Android based Connected Home solution, that aims to make our lives easier by automating tasks.

Overview

The ARCHOS Connected Home system works very similar to any other solution, but ARCHOS’ system does have a few advantages over the rest.

The solution is controlled by an Android based tablet that is in constant communication with other smart objects around the home via Bluetooth. The tablet is then connected to the internet which lets the system to sync to the cloud to allow remote monitoring and task management.

Objects

There are currently 5 objects or gadgets that can be added to the setup. Each of these gadgets can communicate with the tablet/hub or directly communicate with each other to trigger certain actions based on pre-defined scenarios.

1. Mini Cam

The Mini Cam is your average security camera that’s linked to the cloud. Users will have the option of streaming live video or remotely taking photos through the ARCHOS Smart Home App on their smartphones. The Mini Cam is waterproof and due to its small form factor and magnetic stand can be mounted to practically any surface.

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2. Weather Tag

Weather Tag is a temperature detecting gadget that displays the current temperature of room on the hub or smart phone. Like all other devices in the system it’s capable of detecting events and triggering certain actions accordingly. For instance it’ll be able to switch on the air conditioner or heater when the temperature reaches a pre-defined value.

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3. Movement Tag

This is by far one of the features I’m most excited about. The Movement Tag is designed to be mounted on doors, windows, drawers and basically anything than can be opened and closed. The device will detect the opening and closing actions using its internal accelerometer and carry out a pre-defined action accordingly.

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4. Smart Plug

This works very similarly to Belkin Switch and other products alike. It should be just as easy as plugging it into the wall socket, but these things can be tricky sometimes, so we just have to wait and see. You’d be able to plug your air-conditioner or heater into this plug and you’ll have the power of turning the device on and off remotely either via the hub or the smartphone app.

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5. Motion Ball

The Motion ball detects motion and triggers a function using another linked gadget. By far the less exciting device of the list, because I would expect this to be part of the Mini Cam.

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Gateway

The ARCHOS Connected Home setup is controlled by an Android based tablet. The 7-inch tablet runs a Stock 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which gives you access to all your apps via the Play Store. The specs are pretty average but given the purpose of the device the humble dual-core 1.2GHz and the 512MB RAM will suffice.

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Final Thoughts

CES is far from over, but I’m quite sure this device is going to be in my top 10 gadgets. Priced at $200 it’s a steal and I cannot wait until it launches in Australia. But from the looks of it it will be a long wait for everyone living outside Europe and US.

Having said that I do have my reservation about a closed off platform where ARCHOS is the only manufacturer capable of designing gadgets for the Connected Home setup. That might change some time in the future but I’m not holding my breath.

Drop me a comment below and tell me what you think and whether you’d consider buying the device. I Know this was kind of a long post, so thanks for reading it all the way through. I hope you enjoyed it.