Home8 ActionView Kits Take Aim At The DIY Smart Home

Trio of new kits intend to keep things simple
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Home8 has launched a line of home-security kits geared toward consumers seeking smart-home simplicity.

The company released three $100 street-price ActionView kits and said it has plans for six more, the latter of which are expected to debut by the end of Q1 2018. All are, or will be, targeted toward consumers who might be intimidated by more complex smart-home tech, and they’re designed for easy DIY setup.

Each kit comes with OP1 Shuttle controller, RF dongle and a Wi-Fi-enabled VGA camera with night vision. A kit for doors and windows adds two sensors, while an alarm system kit comes with a gyro sensor that can detect movement in drawers, cabinets and other storage areas.

The third kit, meant for garages, is designed to monitor a garage’s interior via the camera and comes with a controller that can remotely operate the door.

All three are expandable and compatible with Home8’s other sensors, allowing consumers to add such functionality as water-leak detection and fall buttons for elder care. They’re also compatible with smart-home devices from Nest, Honeywell, Philips Hue, Kwikset, Schlage and Lockstate.

Consumers can view real-time video feeds via the smartphone app, and push notifications are available. Video can also be stored for later viewing on optional storage devices plugged into the kits’ security gateways, which in turn plug into a user’s router. Home8 offers Cloud storage for other products for $10/month.

The ActionView kits can be also controlled via an Apple Watch or with an Amazon Alexa-compatible smart speaker.

All three are currently available at retail. Later kits from Home8 will include models geared specifically toward elder care.

In addition to manufacturing smart-home devices, the company also provides security monitoring and related services. 

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