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Haier Launches Smart Home Centre ZigBee Enabled Tablet

Chinese appliance and electronics manufacturer Haier is introducing a home automation hub, called Smart Home Centre, at Mobile World Congress. The ZigBee-based home automation controller is built into a touchscreen tablet.


Haier's ZigBee enabled home automation tablet, Smart Home Centre, debuts in Europe at Mobile World Congress. It was demonstrated for the first time at CES 2014 (pictured)
Julie Jacobson · February 24, 2014

Haier, the Chinese manufacturer of cheap TVs, major appliances and other electronics, is introducing at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a touchscreen home automation device called Smart Home Centre.

Built into a 6-inch touchscreen tablet, the system features WiFi, Bluetooth and ZigBee for home control.

Beyond the ZigBee-based control, the tablet performs the feats of a typical mobile device, for example streaming content and shooting video.

A SIM slot allows users to add GSM or 3G cellular cards which, the company suggests, allows users to “transform the living room into a videoconference” using the tablet’s front-facing camera and a WiFi dongle for the TV.

A docking station adds four speakers to the device.

A mock-up of the unit was shown for the first time at CES 2014.

The Smart Home Centre is expected to ship in the second quarter of this year at a price of 499 euros.

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Haier Smart Home Centre - WiFi dongle for TV, plus docking station with four speakers

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ZigBee home automation



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