Back in 2017, Israel-based company, Intellithings launched an Indiegogo campaign for a new person-to-person smart home automation platform, RoomMe. Using a mounted Personal Location Sensor (PLS), RoomMe identifies a person by their smartphone, and adjusts various aspects of the room according to their preferences. Now, two years after making its initial debut, RoomMe has begun shipping.
RoomMe works with a variety of smart home devices and systems like Philips Hue and LIFX smart lights; ecobee and Sensibo smart thermostats, Sonos and Bose smart speakers; Wink and HomeKit smart home systems; Control4, ELAN, RTI, and URS professional smart home platforms; and “hundreds” of ZigBee and Z-wave compatible devices. Based on preset personal settings, RoomMe can trigger these integrated devices to adjust the lights, raise/lower the blinds, warm the colors, turn on the TV, raise/lower the volume, adjust the thermostat, and more.
“Sensors make the difference between a home that just has a few smart devices installed and a true smart home. Sensors, by name, sense what is happening. With RoomMe, we take that idea a step further: This is not a sensor that is triggered by a pet to turn on a light, but a personal location sensor that knows who is in the room and what that person wants the room to do, automatically,” said Oren Kotlicki, founder and CEO at Intellithings, in a release. “The opportunities are tremendous for truly enhancing how people live in their homes and simplifying how their connected devices automatically react to their presence in a room without the need to press a button or shout a voice command.”
Intellithings recommends a minimum of two sensors per room, one of which must be fastened above the entryway to the participating space. Each member of the household can download the RoomMe app to input their personal settings and decide who has priority when multiple people enter a room. Up to 16 people can be hooked up to the platform, with priority options ranging in highest order from Room Master, Parent, and Child. When users on the same level enter a room, RoomMe automatically gives priority to the person who arrived first.
RoomMe does not rely on internet connectivity or a cloud-based system to operate, which also means personal data is more secure. The platform does not use biometrics to identify people and no personal data is shared or stored anywhere besides a user’s own smartphone.
RoomMe is available now at getroomme.com with two-pack starter kits retailing for $129, three-packs for $189, four-packs for $239, and additional sensors for $69 each. Intellithings will also be exhibiting at CEDIA Expo next week in Booth 1743.