First ZigBee 3.0 Thermostat Debuts from Lux ... and it’s Pretty Cool
Lux Products' new KONOz, the first ZigBee 3.0-certified thermostat, allows adjustable and multiple geofence perimeters.
ZigBee 3.0 is the new "standard" in the ZigBee home-automation standard -- the one that says everything with a ZigBee logo is (should be) interoperable -- and now we have the first thermostat to earn the new mark.
At Parks Associates' Connections 2018, Lux Products debuted the new KONOz Smart Hub Thermostat, certified as ZigBee 3.0-compliant by the ZigBee Alliance on April 23, 2018.
Beyond the ZigBee 3.0 compliance, the KONO product has a few unique features, notably, the faceplates are interchangeable so users can select their own finish or create one themselves via Lux's plain ol' primed unit.
Lux also touts KONO's ease of installation, with its relatively large access hole for wires, and screwless wire terminals.
More interestingly, KONO offers flexible geo-fencing for the thermostats.
Most competitive products offer only a fixed "fence," according to Lux senior product manger Justin Pasquale, but KONO allows variable and multiple radii.
If one household member works at a school one block away, and another at an office way across town, he explains, each can set a geo-fence to optimize the thermostat's operations.
Other thermostats might see the teacher as home all day.
Lux aready makes a Wi-Fi thermostat. The ZigBee version is due out soon.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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