Smart home technology has taken a huge step forward since the early days of wall-mounted wired control. Smart assistants and Wi-Fi provide smooth, near-instantaneous control of lights, blinds, locks and more, but technology is still limited by the need for power cords.
Even the most elegant design can be ruined if you have to run too conspicuous wire along the wall or floor. On the other hand, some smart home companies are breaking stereotypes by making devices that don’t need power cables or batteries.
Senic is one of the few companies adopting this technology and they have developed several smart home devices that bring a new level of control over your devices.
One of the reasons for this is freedom of placement. You do not need to place the switch on a wall or near an outlet to operate it if the switch does not require power. Here are some examples of the best smart home technologies that don’t require electricity to run.
Friends Of Hue Smart Switch
Friends of Hue Smart Switch is a smart switch that only works with Philips Hue bulbs. While this limitation is unfortunate, the actual operation of the switch is nearly flawless. The smart switch comes with a sticky mount that allows you to place it anywhere, but it can also be placed inside existing System 55 frames.
Inside the Friends of Hue smart switch is a small generator that generates enough power from a single click to transmit a wireless signal. This signal can turn lights on and off, trigger certain scenes, and even dim lights. You connect the Friends of Hue smart switch via the Philips Hue app.
A smart switch for lighting control may seem like the technology has gone through a full cycle; after all, it’s the same switch as the one on the wall. The difference is that you can place it anywhere in your home, even on the edge of your sofa. Control your Philips Hue light quickly and easily with this smart switch.
Nuimo Click is very similar to the Friends of Hue smart switch. This is a rare smart home technology that generates energy itself. Instead of only driving Philips Hue lamps, it can also drive your Sonos speakers.
You can change the song, turn the volume up or down, and easily access your three favorite stations. It has similar controls for Philips Hue fixtures, allowing you to adjust brightness, power and access your three favorite scenes at the touch of a button.
The only part of Nuimo Click that requires power is the hub. Once connected to your network, the hub can support up to ten clicks up to 30 meters away. Like the Friends of Hue switcher, Nuimo Click can be placed anywhere or within existing frames.
The fact that the Nuimo Click does require a hub is a small drawback unlike the Smart Switch Friends of Hue, and the addition of a hub increases the cost of the device significantly, bringing it up to $ 180 for the Starter Kit. Additional Nuimo Click devices are available for $ 70 each.
Nuimo Click is available in black and white. It is not the most aesthetic technology for a smart home, but it is well suited for quick control of lighting that is not required all the time.
Strictly speaking, Nuimo Control is not powerless. Requires charging via micro-USB cable, but lasts three to eight months on a single charge. Once charged, the device can be placed almost anywhere in the home.
It allows you to control up to three groups of smart speakers and smart lights. You can also mix and match control groups between lights and smart speakers.
Nuimo Control also has one of the most flexible mounting options of all devices. It has a magnetic base and a wall mount, allowing it to be attached to any surface. In addition, Nuimo Control has many recognition points inside that give you precise control over any smart home device.
All of these smart home devices require little or no power and provide the user with more convenient options for where to place them throughout the home. Senic does this with a technology known as EnOcean, which harvests energy. It uses the kinetic energy of pressing a button to generate enough power to send a wireless signal.
Although smart home technology is not widespread, smart home technology may become even more convenient over time.