Switchmate Creates a "One-Second Smart Home”
Switchmate is launching its new Switchmate light switch, with the intent of enabling users to turn their home into a “one-second smart home.”
The Switchmate light switch can be used with no installation, configuration, tools or wiring. The light switch magnetically attaches to any standard light switch so users can control it with the Switchmate companion app.
“Today’s consumers want to make their homes smarter, but the complex integration barrier to entry has been too high for the mass market consumer,” Dean Finnegan, CEO, Switchmate, said in a statement.
“We’ve changed all that with the Switchmate light switch. It turns any home into the ‘One-Second Smart Home’ since it comes configured right out of the box and instantly attaches to any standard light switch. Our customers can snap, tap and start… it’s that simple. With Switchmate, we’re opening up the market and making smart lighting accessible to everyone for the first time.”
Switchmate allows users to begin using the product immediately via the default setting on the Switchmate app. The “Welcome Home” feature automatically turns lights on by sensing the smart phone when users return home or enter rooms.
It can be used by homes without Wi-Fi as it uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect the device and the app.
Users can also get the Switchmate app to personalize their lighting by setting timers to automatically turn lights on and off at preferred hours.
Founded in 2014, the Switchmate light switch’s original Indiegogo campaign was 341% funded.
Switchmate light switches are available at an MSRP of $39.99 starting in May 2016. They will be available at national retailers with more than 9,000 storefronts this year.
The switches are available in white and beige and use two AA batteries.