It’s a dream-come-true moment for those who have been waiting for technology to come up with a solution for controlling home appliances using mobile phones, laptops or other gadgets. Microsoft announces partnership with Insteon (leading the home automation business) to give control of your home literally into your hands. Insteon is a registered trade name for a home automation networking technology that enables light switches, lights, thermostats, motion sensors, and other devices to interoperate through power lines, radio frequency communications, or both. They will be introducing an Insteon app for windows 8.1 as well as for windows phone 8. Using this app you will be able to control all of your Insteon compatible devices. Is it going to be an “exclusive to Microsoft fans” like the case with 99% of Microsoft products? Well the answer is Yes and No. Yes, because initially this partnership will provide products exclusive to Microsoft platform. And no because Insteon’s team tells CNET that they expect the rest of the new features to roll out to Android and iOS users in future — though they wouldn’t commit to a timeline. The Live Tile integration will obviously remain exclusive to Windows though. “The Windows 8.1 platform provided Insteon with an unparalleled opportunity to develop a beautiful and easy-to-use connected home experience. The Live Tile architecture is especially well-suited for home automation,” said Joe Dada,
Insteon CEO, in a statement.
On June 1st, three different Insteon kits will be available to purchase via Microsoft’s online store:
- Starter kit
- Home kit
- Business kit
Lo and behold because that’s not all. There is more excitement on your way which includes five standalone Insteon devices, a leak sensor, an open/close sensor, an LED light-bulb, an on/off module, and a wireless Wi-Fi camera. Devices will range in price from $30 to $80, with kits starting at $199. As we can see Microsoft has gone out of its ways to get into this home automation business, we can positively hope that it won’t be like Microsoft’s previous failed attempts in this field.