Broadlink uses crowdfunding to try to hook you on home automation
Home automation and the smart home movement in general hasn’t really hit mainstream yet, but it’s getting there little by little. The way I see it there are two main barriers to entry: the confusion around competing protocols, and the cost.
Broadlink is trying to do something about these issues, and particularly about cost. They’re offering the SmartONE kit on crowdfunding site pozible.com and if you’re quick enough (quantities are limited) you can get started for less than a $50 pledge (though additional shipping costs from China will apply).
So what’s in the SmartONE kit? There’s the S1 module, which is the ‘brains’ of the system. It can support up to 16 modules. Different pledge levels get different packages of sensors but as of the time of this writing the $44 level was still available. It comes with the S1, a motion sensor called the PIR, a door sensor and a remote for the system. The $72 level includes the S1, 3 motion sensors, 3 door sensors and the remote.