Imagine sitting at your desk at home, it’s 2am, you’ve a report that needs to be in at 8am, you’re going to need some serious focus if you want to get this done. With one swipe of the hand the lights in your room change from a mellow yellow to a bright white, the wireless speakers start blasting out the Rocky theme tune, the focus kicks in and you’re off! There isn’t a device out that can do your report for you just yet, but there is a device out that lets you control all your other smart devices with simple easy to use gestures, one device to rule them all! Meet the Nuimo Smart Home Controller.
Senic’s Nuimo Smart Home Controller is one of the latest gadgets on the vibrant home automation scene. The Nuimo is positioned as a universal controller for all your automated home systems: lighting, HVAC, music and more. Its developers’ stated intent was to provide a simple, one-size-fits-all solution that would make home automation more accessible to everyone, and not just to those who enjoy a lot of technical tinkering.
Having followed the Nuimo with interest since its inception as a Kickstarter project, I was excited to see it “in the wild,” so to speak. It’s a deceptively simple disc-shaped object with a sleek, unobtrusive design. Available in black or white colour schemes, it has a pleasantly tactile matte finish and won’t clash with most décor.
The control consists of a round panel set into an aluminium ring. There’s a single oblong indicating the top of the panel; aside from that, the Nuimo has no obvious markings. Initially, I was puzzled as to how the Nuimo could be used to control multiple devices; however, I soon realised that this simplicity was part of its charm.
Instead of wading through menus or peering helplessly at an array of buttons, you control the Nuimo with a small selection of gestures. Click the panel to play or pause your music, twist the outer bezel to control volume, swipe left, right, up or down with a fingertip to skip between albums or tracks, “fly” (okay, this is just another swipe gesture) with your whole hand to clear instructions or start over. Touching different parts of the panel allows you to select different options. Instead of dozens of baffling icons, the Nuimo provides visual feedback via a 9×9 LED grid. This allows the Nuimo to give you information on what your last gesture did – an arrow to indicate a left or right swipe, for instance, or musical notes to indicate that it’s interacting with your sound system.
The Nuimo is fairly easy to set up. Here things get a little more technical, as you’ll need to interact with the Nuimo through your computer or mobile device. This process is fairly painless, however — just turn on the Nuimo, download the app, and follow the instructions on screen to set it up and add your devices. You can then map different inputs onto the various devices as you add them to fine-tune control more precisely.
Which brings us to the next question: which devices can you control with the Nuimo? Well, there is a whole raft of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that are compatible with the Nuimo. The controller uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, and can therefore be used to control many BLE-enabled systems. (Using BLE also gives it an impressive battery life — you should only need to recharge it once a month.) Sonos sound systems, Nanoleaf lights and Philips Hue lighting are just two examples, and the list of supported devices is growing all the time.
The Nuimo isn’t exactly cheap, however, it’s well-designed and effective, and the price point is comparable to similar devices on the market.
In short, the Nuimo works hard to live up to Senic’s “One device to rule them all” slogan. It’s well-made, easy to use and compatible with many products from major manufacturers. If you’re looking for a simple, effective hub for your automated home systems, the Nuimo could well be the ideal solution.
- Easy to use once setup.
- One device controls multiple gadgets.
- Rechargeable battery that lasts up to a month (charges via micro-USB).
- Can be wall mounted.
- Award winning design.
- The setup could be a little easier.
- Can only control devices in Bluetooth range.
- Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 2.1 cm, 200 g.
- Colours: Black or White.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
A great product to control all your other devices. A bit costly but good at what it does. The Audi of smart home controllers.