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Archos Dives Into Home Automation

Denver — Tablet and smartphone maker Archos started its diversification drive with the launch of its first home-automation devices, said to be the first to use wireless Bluetooth Smart technology.

For the products, Archos said it improved on Bluetooth Smart technology at the hardware and software levels to double range to 65.6 feet from 32.8 feet, expand the number of controllable devices to 13 from four, and improve “general stability.”

The products includes an Archos Smart Home tablet that’s included in a $249 starter pack along with two security cameras, two movement tags to detect movement and door openings, and two weather tags to measure temperature and humidity. An Archos Smart Home app for Android and iOS devices is also available to monitor and control the devices on site and remotely.

The tablet can also be used to control some home-automation products, such as garage-door openers, that use the 433MHz RF band.

Additional connected devices can be purchased separately starting at $25.

Other connected objects available during the summer will include a smart plug, a siren and a motion sensor.