The makers of the new ‘SwiidInter’ claim it’s the first remote controlled cord switch which can be used manually like any classic switch and also be activated remotely via your Z-Wave home automation network.
There are a couple of advantages of this in-line type of Z-Wave module. Firstly local control is retained, and in a manner that’s obvious and intuitive to users and visitors to your home. The module also benefits from the ability to tie an event to a long press of the button – you could for example kick off the macro that puts your home into night mode with your bedside lamp cord switch.
The Swiid unit also means you no longer require a plug-in Z-Wave wall module, which can sometimes be fairly unsightly. Swiid told us…
Our first product SwiidInter is a Z-Wave inline cord switch, which has no real equivalent on the market today. We developed and designed this product in house. SwiidInter is particularly useful to automate lighting in a bedroom where bedside lamps usually have a cord switch. This means being able to turn on or off the bedside lamp equipped with our cord switch EITHER remotely OR – as in the past – manually from the cord switch.
As our SwiidInter supports Z-Wave associations, it can – on a long press – act “like a remote control” by triggering a home automation scenario : this could be as simple as turning on or off the lamp at the other end of the bedroom without having to get out of bed … Also, associations (first group only) can be set up directly from the SwiidInter without involving the primary controller (obviously only within the same Z-Wave network).
Swiid will launch more smart home products over the coming months too (SwiidPlug and SwiidPack) so keep an eye on their website. The Swiid cord switch will be available this Autumn in black and white (gold and brown possibly coming in the future) with a recommended retail price of around £50.