Here’s a cool new switch from Berlin based smart home specialists, Senic.
The Nuimo Click uses EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology to create, not only a wireless switch, but a battery-less one too. Now you can have instant tactile control of your Sonos speakers or Philips Hue lights anywhere in your home, without the hassle of replacing or recharging batteries.
Senic’s new line of self-powered wireless switches use energy harvesting technology to generate enough energy to provide power to the switch without requiring the need for cables or batteries. The Nuimo Click collects and saves the tiniest amounts of energy every time a button is pressed, converting it into kinetic energy for wireless communication. For example, each time a user runs a function on the Nuimo Click, the stored energy is transformed into enough power to send a wireless command to the Nuimo Hub, which triggers the control of smart home devices. This technology reduces energy consumption and provides extensive cost savings in a smart home.
For your Sonos system you can use a single Click unit to control Volume, Play / Pause, Previous / Next or launch a favourite playlist. Alternatively set it up for Hue and you can turn lights On / Off, control brightness and select a favourite scene.
The polycarbonate Click switch is 81mm x 81mm x 17mm and comes with an adhesive wall mount system. Setup is via the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) apps and the switches transmit on 868 MHz in Europe (902 MHz in the USA).
Senic say they are constantly developing the software, and HomeKit is currently the most popular new integration requested on their updates page.
The Click Starter Kit comes with 2 Nuimo Clicks and a Nuimo Hub (including EnOcean dongle) and costs £219. The hub has built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. You can have up to 10 units on one hub with a range of up to 30m indoors. Add-on switches are available for £69. Check out the video and the links below for more information…