A smart home is built with smart home devices. However, if you have many smart appliances in your home, a smart home hub is essential. Branto, a startup from Ukraine has developed a hub which has a 360 degree camera integrated in it and can operate other gadgets through ZigBee, infrared and Bluetooth. The company has developed Branto Orb which will create the first smart home with complete remote presence. Your home will be able to protect, entertain, feel and speak to you. The device is different than others as it will work even if your Wi-Fi or power goes down. Currently, an Indiegogo campaign is running to raise funds for this project.
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Your Own Home Automation System
The different features of Branto Orb make it your own wireless home automation system. It will provide you with updated home alarm security system. Setting up Branto is easy as a breeze. You just have to download the app, put in your Wi-Fi details and scan the QR code that you can see in front of the Branto orb. Let us have a look at some of the main features of this smart device.
- Videoconferencing and Telepresence
A 360 degree HD video camera with 1080p can connect to a TV so that you can make video calls sitting in your home. Microphones and speakers along with the camera lets you hear, speak and talk to someone in your home.
- Infrared Control
You can control your TV or any other infrared devices like media center, air conditioner with a transmitter, etc. This will act as your remote.
Audiobooks, radio and music can be streamed with this device. This is possible either through the integrated speakers or by connecting them to any external speakers.
— Branto (@MyBranto) July 17, 2015
Motion and sound detectors along with night-vision video camera helps Branto keep your home secure. It will notify you with video footages if there is any suspicious movement or noise in your home.
- Control of Smart Devices
The Branto Orb will be able to control other smart devices like thermostats, locks, lights, etc.
You can connect many Branto orbs together to cover your entire house. With the internal cellular battery and module, it can work without power or Wi-Fi, as mentioned above.
The project is currently running an Indiegogo campaign. The total funding goal is $50,000. At the time of writing, $12,682 has been raised in just 3 days. The campaign has 38 days to go. You can contribute your funds for this project and get yourself this smart home hub. At $279, you will get one Branto in classic design.
If you want to get complete remote presence in your home, you can get the Branto by ordering it through Indiegogo.
— Diarmuid O'Loughlin (@dollinio1976) July 21, 2015
What about you?
Are you going to buy Branto? Do you have smart devices in your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below.