FIBARO introduces SWIPE, the smart home gesture control pad
Wireless intelligent home automation and control device manufacturer, FIBARO, showcased the FIBARO SWIPE last week at CES. SWIPE is a wireless gesture control pad that creates shortcuts for users to control the smart devices in their home by waving their hands.
SWIPE recognizes six gestures: up, down, left, right, circle to the left and circle to the right. These can be assigned and used to control Z-Wave smart home devices or other connected smart products, such as door locks or alarm panels, TVs and music systems. With SWIPE, swiping down at bedtime could trigger a ‘Good Night’ scene that does things like turning of the lights, lowering the blinds, locking the front door and arming the alarm.
“Smartphone and web-based apps can be really useful to program and control your smart home, but we know consumers also want faster, simpler ways to access their devices. We developed SWIPE to offer an entirely new way of interacting with technology in the home,” Rich Bira, managing director of FIBARO USA, said in a statement. “The simplicity in our system comes from the ability to create ‘scenes’ to offer truly automated, convenient solutions from lighting to shade control to whatever the homeowner can imagine. SWIPE will deliver a no-touch access point to control them all.”
Users can keep SWIPE in plain sight but keep it invisible to guests by hanging it on a wall or placing it on a desk to use as a picture frame. Through its gesture control technology, SWIPE is capable of detecting a specific set of hand motions through a variety of materials including countertops and drywall, or concealed behind home décor like wallpaper or artwork. Gestures and actions are confirmed by SWIPE via a built-in buzzer that signal response.
SWIPE is available in black or white and has an estimated MSRP of $149. It comes in a wireless 5x7 sized frame and can be powered by four AA batteries or micro USB. SWIPE features advanced 3D Near-Field technology analysis further developed by FIBARO, which removes the need to use native switches or buttons on the device itself.