Home automation products manufacturer Fibaro introduced a number of new products that will work with the company's Home Center 2—the brains of the Fibaro Intelligence System—at the 2015 CEDIA Expo in Dallas this week.
Fibaro's Z-Wave wireless technology-based system provides users with complete control over hundres of home automation devices, eliminating the need for yards of wire to be strung through a home. With the Home Center 2 already on the market, Fibaro used its time at CEDIA Expo to unveil a number of forthcoming products that will integrate seamlessly into the system.
Let's run through them:
The Fibaro Swipe is the company's gesture-based control pad that allows users to control automation devices through simple hand gestures without having to touch a device or take out a smartphone or tablet. The Swipe recognizes six gesture types—up, down, left, right, circle left, and circle right—and can control home functions like lighting, lowering and raising blinds, running complete automated scenes, and more, Fibaro explained. The Fibaro Swipe device, which includes a picture frame case, can be taken out of its case and placed just about anywhere. According to Fibaro, it can be mounted on a wall or placed on a desk, and can be personalized with a physical picture that can be replaced at any time. And it's ability to detect gestures through a variety of materials—including granite, behind artwork, and behind drywall—means the device can also be hidden from guests. Swipe is expected to launch in November.
Fibaro also unveiled the Fibaro Intercom, a wireless security and communication device that can replace a home's doorbell or serve as a home's internal intercom system. The device provides a 180-degree, HD view of the area in front of the door, and lets users capture clear video images in direct sunlight, and also features an infrared diode for nighttime video capture. User-defined PIN codes can be used to open the door or gate the Intercom is connected to. The Intercom is excepted to launch in early 2016.