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Ube WiFi Smart Dimmer Launches with Crowdfunding via Indiegogo

Ube is inviting homeowners to get in on the ground floor on its new Smart Dimmer via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The Smart Dimmer can replace pretty much any light switch or dimmer and integrates with third-party control systems.


Ube WiFi Smart Dimmer

The Ube Smart Dimmer uses standard IP protocol to communicate with the cloud and its smartphone control app. The dimmer can communicate with any of the major control systems, including Crestron, AMX, Savant, Control4 and more.

Ube, the start-up home automation venture founded by former CEDIA CEO Utz Baldwin, is inviting homeowners to get in on the ground floor on its new Smart Dimmer via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

The Smart Dimmer can replace pretty much any light switch or dimmer. Once installed, it hooks to a home’s WiFi and allows users control via Ube’s smartphone app. That means users can dim the lighting or flip lights on and off from anywhere with a web connection, both in and outside of the home.

The Ube Smart Dimmer uses standard IP protocol to communicate with the cloud and with the Ube smartphone control app. The dimmer can communicate with any of the major control systems, including Crestron, AMX, Savant, Control4 and more.

Some of the Smart Dimmer features include lighting scenes, an away mode, and the option to work with any 120-volt dimmable bulb including incandescent, fluorescent and LED. Each dimmer can also supply energy reports through the app, so users can keep tabs on their energy bills.

Ube also plans to publish an open API, so that developers can create their own SW apps to control Ube Smart Dimmers.

Ube has set a pre-order price on its Smart Dimmer of $49 and $69, depending on the model. There are also package prices, which include anywhere from three to 20 dimmers. The app, however, will be a free download. Currently, the Indiegogo campaign has 45 days to reach its $700,000 goal. Users that pre-order the Smart Dimmer can expect the company to deliver the product starting in June 2013.

Custom Integrator Program
Ube launched a beta test program for residential integrators to gain feedback about the Smart Dimmer. To qualify, dealers simply need to pre-order at least one dimmer from Ube’s Indiegogo campaign and agree to provide feedback regarding the integration of the dimmer with other control systems.

“Integrators can now install a single smart dimmer in a theater, or media room without the need for any additional hardware, and control it over the homeowners local area network from existing control systems” says Baldwin.



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Ube WiFi Smart Dimmer Launches with Crowdfunding via Indiegogo


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3 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by mark1  on  02/08  at  06:57 AM

Any clue how 3 and 4way applications are going to work?

Posted by 1TCH  on  02/08  at  07:16 PM

Can you dig a little deeper with your article? What are ALL the control systems that Ube can work with? How are they being integrated? Who has successfully integrated this product and what was the experience? What are the specs of the dimmer? Any more CEPro is more like CEAmateur with the Amateur being the reporting.

Posted by Utz Baldwin  on  03/07  at  02:21 PM

@mark1 - 3/4way simply requires multiple ube dimmers.  We opted not to create an accessory device to keep our engineering and tooling costs down thus a lower goal on Kickstarter.

@1TCH - ube is publishing the API so any control system that is capable of sending commands over IP can control our dimmer.  The production version is not completed therefore no integrators have had their hands on them yet.  We are looking for integrators who will provide feedback on the integration / functionality of our device now.  Specs - 120-240VAC 50/60Hz 1000W, will control dimmable LED , CFL.  32Bit ARM processor running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.  WiFi, and a capacitive Multi-touch UI.

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