"These two products are the first in our new ecosystem that gives every consumer access anytime, anywhere with extended battery life and range, as well as universal compatibility with other ecosystems," said Dean Finnegan, CEO, Switchmate Home. "We have removed the cost and complexity of existing home automation ecosystems to bring the security and convenience of home automation to everyone, accelerating the category's adoption by the mass market consumer."
The new Switchmate Home ecosystem is designed to eliminate the constant need for WiFi by utilizing extended-range Bluetooth Mesh (BLE-MESH) for all command and control functions, and only relies on WiFi on demand as needed for high bandwidth functions such as video/audio streaming. As a result, the products' battery life is extended to up to two years, eliminating one of the most serious barriers to entry for DIY home automation products.
In addition to providing longer battery life, the Switchmate Home products utilize a new amplified BLE processor that optimizes the range up to 200-220 feet in direct line of sight between devices or smartphones. Since all Switchmate Home products also utilize Bluetooth Mesh, they act as repeaters between all Switchmate Home products to strengthen network communication. For a third layer of communication integrity, Switchmate Home products come with a "Zip" WiFi/BLE bridge that also acts as a range extender for greatly improved signal strength between products, the cloud and smartphones.
Switchmate Bright Lighting Solutions Adds More Robust Features
The new Switchmate Bright has all the convenient functions of the previous version, with several new features that make it more versatile.
The Switchmate Bright instantly attaches over existing light switches (rocker or toggle) with powerful magnets, eliminating the need for complicated installation, rewiring or requiring special tools. This new version has a narrower design that allows for multiple devices on a multi-gang switch plate.
Consumers simply download and activate the Switchmate app onto any smartphone (iOS or Android) and instantly control their lighting or anything else connected to an existing wall switch. The "Welcome Home" feature automatically turns lights on/off by sensing the smart phone when returning home or entering rooms. Also, consumers can use the intuitive Switchmate app to personalize their lighting by setting timers to turn on/off lights automatically at preferred hours for enhanced security. The new version includes the convenience of a motion detection setting that senses a person walking into/out of a room and switches the lights on/off.
An additional new feature is WiFi as well as Bluetooth connectivity, giving consumers the ability to remotely access their lights through the "Zip" WiFi/BLE bridge. This is especially convenient if someone is traveling and forgot to turn off their lights or to update timers.
Switchmate Power Offers Consumers Dual Socket Power Control
The Switchmate Power wall socket provides dual socket, independent power control of each socket so users can turn on/off any product that is plugged into it. It's as simple as plugging the Switchmate Power into any outlet in the home, then downloading and activating the Switchmate app onto any smartphone (iOS or Android). Consumers also have the extra convenience of manual operation of the power controls if they choose not to use the Switchmate app.
The Switchmate Power also has the "Welcome Home" feature to automatically turn on/off any product plugged into the product by sensing the smartphone when returning home or entering rooms. The Switchmate app can also be used to set timers to turn on/off products automatically at preferred hours for added convenience.
The Wall Socket also has the added feature of two USB charging ports, as well as being a LED backlight/nightlight to illuminate hallways or dark rooms, making it easy to see the plugs.
Compatibility and Flexibility Make Home Automation Accessible to Everyone
The new Switchmate Home products offer compatibility with Alexa, Google Home, Nest, Samsung Home, Wink and other existing home automation ecosystems. The Switchmate Power includes Bluetooth and WiFi for remote access anytime, anywhere. The Switchmate Bright has remote access availability through the "Zip" WiFi/BLE bridge.
Both products can be moved conveniently to any location when needed. This is ideal for anyone who rents or is in a dorm room and can't make permanent changes to their residence. It's also a great option for people who are planning to move in the future and do not want to leave their investment of smart home technology behind.
Both Switchmate Home products are available in white to match existing light switches and outlets in most home décor. The Switchmate Bright product comes with two AA batteries that last up to two years, while the Switchmate Power operates off of electricity.
Availability and Pricing
The Switchmate Bright has a MSRP of $44.99 and the Switchmate Power has a MSRP of $39.99. Both products will be available this month at retailers nationwide. The Switchmate Home products are already available in over 20,000 retailers in the U.S. and Canada.
About Switchmate Home
Founded in 2016, Switchmate Home is dedicated to making smart home devices simple, so everyone can finally have a smart home without any complications. Switchmate is the first line of smart home products that can be used with absolutely no configuration, tools or wiring, turning any home into the "One-Second Smart Home." Visit www.switchmatehome.com for more information.
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