updated 01:39 pm EDT, Fri June 20, 2014
Archos Smart Home kit includes tablet, cameras, movement sensors
Archos has started selling the Smart Home starter kit it introduced at CES earlier this year, a package that provides a simplified form of home automation. The collection of "Connected Objects" can be used to automatically perform actions with each other and control home appliances, as well as allowing the homeowner to monitor the house using the assorted sensors and cameras.
The entire package is hooked up to the central Smart Home Tablet. Using a 7-inch 1024x600 display, the Android tablet has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage, as well as a 5-megapixel front camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. Its supplied Tasker app can be used to control individual items attached to the system, prompting for actions to be performed when certain sensors reach specific levels, such as passing an e-mail to the homeowner reminding them to close the windows if a sensor reads the air as too humid. A companion app for Android and iOS is also available, providing access to the system for remote monitoring and control.
So far, there are a total of five different objects that can be used, all of which connect using Bluetooth LE, with a maximum of 13 connected objects usable at a range of up to 20 meters (64 feet). The Motion Ball can detect movement at a range of 10 meters (32 feet), with the Movement Tag capable of reporting if doors or windows are opened or closed. The Weather Tag is able to record the temperature and humidity of a location, and the Mini-Cam can take photographs or videos when prompted. The fifth, the Smart Plug, can be used to turn an appliance on or off, as well as monitoring the device's electricity usage.
The starter kit, consisting of the Smart Home Tablet, two Mini Cams, two Movement Tags, and two Weather Tags, is priced at $250, with extra connected objects available to buy for $25 each.