The Ube team applied their experience in consumer electronics, semiconductors and high-volume manufacturing to improve and reduce the cost of home automation. They believe that they will find customers that will buy their smart power outlets and light dimmers. Made digital by the addition of an Android SoC, these commonplace devices are designed to control and measure power. Expensive home automation system controllers are replaced with a mobile phone app. It is an example of the consumerization of industrial devices.
This approach is incredibly efficient. By replacing a physical analog control plane with Wi-Fi and using a mobile app, home automation is simplified and standardized.
Consider the current approach to home automation. To automate the control and measurement of electricity or remotely turn on or off a device, a second set of wiring needs to be run through the walls and ceilings back to a central controller. The consumer interfaces with the system controller with a custom-built remote control unit. Using present day technologies, it is expensive to install and, once complete, the consumer gets an inflexible custom control system with one-of-a-kind modified software.
Ube has designed an Arm processor SoC into each power outlet and light dimmer that includes Wi-Fi and Android software. This brings energy savings and convenience to the consumer.
Some examples of the energy savings are:
These devices will sell for $50 to $60, which is less than the analog controlled devices, and do not require extra wiring or an expensive controller. Ube’s approach should provide greater flexibility and much lower cost in renovation applications, because the homeowner can choose to add control and measurement only where they want it without first devising a comprehensive electrical design and building out a complete home automation project.
Consumerization of industrial products with Android and ARM, such as home automation, puts the products on a declining cost curve as Android and ARM volumes increase and provide flexibility. This permits the dimmer panels to perform more complex tasks, such as turn off a series of lights with a two finger swipe.