Presenting in the Z-Wave Pavilion at International CES 2014, Fibaro is certainly one of those hidden home automation gems that has some of the hottest sensors around.
At CEDIA 2013, we got a preview of what’s to come from Fibaro.
The company is coming out with a Z-Wave fire/smoke detector that easily challenges Nest’s in the industrial design and intelligence. Fibaro’s Rich Bira explains that the unit has a “black box” to record events such as the escalating temperature.
“Sometimes there is a fire before there’s smoke,” he says.
Beveled edges on the device makes “smoke travel in quicker compared to stamped-in holes,” according to Bira.
The other fantastic thing Fibaro showed at CEDIA was – I don’t quite know what to call it – a gesture/sensor interface device (video below) that can sit behind a wall (or not) and detect gestures without the user ever touching the unit, and then trigger Z-Wave events.
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Bira suggests the pad makes sense for aesthetic installs as in behind a mirror or for security purposes so guests don’t know there is a controller in the space.
Otherwise, Fibaro continues to build around its flagship home automation system, the Home Center 2 now available with a SIP server and open API.
Taking cues from the Chicago Transportation Authority, Bira explains, “If a train is 10 minutes away, it might mute the music and flash the lights in case you don’t have a phone handy.”
If you’re hurrying to catch the train and it’s late, an accelerometer on your smart phone can gauge your speed and let you know you can chill out.
Finally, Fibaro has some interesting wall plugs with colored LED rings that tell you at a glance the consumption of the plugged-in device. To be sure, there are other smart plugs on the market, but this is about the most discreet. One other cool thing about them: You can rotate the plugs to make them fit right in tight spaces