If you’re like me you’ll have a whole load of different product manufacturers in your smart home, Nest, Amazon, Samsung, Google. That’s a whole load of different remotes and apps needed to make things work, wouldn’t it be good if there was one ring to rule them all? This is where Oomi comes in, Oomi aims to make controlling all your smart devices in your home simple and hassle free.
Oomi believe smart devices can be grouped into 3 categories – smart devices, hubs and sensors. Smart devices are your everyday device with some wireless control i.e. a kettle, a light bulb, a plug socket. Hubs are the brains running the show, they manage the devices in the home and tell them what to do. Sensors relay information on what is going on, for example an ambient light sensor can feedback that a room is getting dark.
Oomi comes in 2 parts, the Oomi Cube which is the brains of the operation and the Oomi Touch, the controller for the house. The Oomi Cube is the smart hub and then some, it comes with 8 environmental sensors and a night vision camera. The Oomi Touch is a sleek black controller, it comes with edge to edge glass, tactile buttons and a 7” touch screen.
Oomi allows you to control the smart devices in your home in a new way, they believe there are 3 ways of controlling the smart devices in your home – individual device control, scenes and automations.
Individual device control for example is something that can be done in person or wirelessly via your phone, for example turning up the heating, turning off a light or playing some music.
Scenes allow you to set a group of devices in one go. An example would be a bedtime shortcut button where your doors are locked, the lights are switched off and your home security is activated.
Automations are pre-set schedules that allow the home to manage itself, for example you could have a morning scene that has the lights switch on, the heating turn up, the radio turn on and the kettle begin to brew up. This can be automated to run every morning at 06:00. Another example could be if the temperature drops below 20 to turn on the heating, or if someone goes into my mancave notify me.
Automations come in 3 parts – the trigger, the event and the conditions. The trigger is what kicks off the automation. A trigger can be something like the time of day or perhaps some motion detection. An event is what you want to happen, for example you may want the lights to turn on if there’s motion detected outside your home at night. Conditions are rules that are applied to the automations. An example would be, you wouldn’t want the lights coming on in your living room during the day unless it was dark outside. Conditions are used to state when something should or shouldn’t happen.
Using a combination of the above Oomi gives you the power to really automate your home, regardless of manufacturer.
Like any good product, you have the ability to customise it to fit your needs, with many different accessories available you can pick and choose what’s important to you and your setup. Some examples are;
- Oomi Air – used to measure air quality, useful for detecting unsafe conditions.
- Oomi Bulb – colour changing light bulbs.
- Oomi ColorStrip+ – colour changing LED light strip.
- Oomi Door/Window Sensor – used to let you know if something has been opened such as a door, window or set of drawers.
- Oomi Infinity Dock – a stylish dock to charge your Oomi Touch.
- Oomi MultiSensor – motion sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, ambient light sensor, ultraviolet ray sensor, vibration sensor (you might be wondering what’s this for, well apparently it can be used to detect if the device is being tampered with or more pointlessly if an earthquake is happening).
- Oomi Plug – track energy consumption, power devices on and off.
- Oomi Range Extender – used to boost the Z-Wave coverage in your home, great for basements, garages or rooms with thick walls. Useful for getting the signal down to your garden shed.
- Oomi WaterSensor – used to detect water.
Oomi works well with various smart devices namely Nest Thermostat, Amazon Echo, Philips Hue and other Z-Wave devices.
One of the best features is the extremely simple device pairing, Oomi devices have an orange dot on them, hold it over the controller and that’s it, the devices start communicating. Extremely fast and pain free.
- Extremely simple device pairing. The industry should take note of this!
- Very stylish, great design.
- Door/window sensors are rechargeable.
- MultiSensor can be moved to other rooms easy enough.
- Devices feel well built and of good quality.
- Camera quality is average.
- There’s a little delay in the streaming, events aren’t quite real time.
- To get your house kitted out, it’s not going to be cheap.
- Can take some getting used to how the system is setup and how it works.
- There are a worrying number of reports that the software has some bad bugs in it, we suspect these will be ironed out in future updates but a look on the community forum shows a fair few unhappy customers.
An impressive bit of kit, something every smart home enthusiast should consider getting. Oomi really need to work on the outstanding software bugs the community are reporting.