Switchmate, a hardware startup striving to simplify the home automation space, launched an Indiegogo campaign for their simple light automation solution. Unlike other smart lights, Switchmate requires no complicated rewiring or installation – it’s a sleek, minimalist lighting attachment that magnetically snaps on to any standard light switch, enabling users to control the switch via the Switchmate companion app.
Founder of Switchmate, Daniel Peng stated,“Smart products are supposed to make our lives simpler, but their set-up alone is often needlessly complicated. And for those of us who don’t own property, those installation processes aren’t just complicated, they’re impossible. Switchmate is accessible for everyone – renters, home-owners, students, nomads – anyone that wants the convenience of a connected home without the hassle of connecting it.”
Switchmate was founded by three Johns Hopkins engineers who found most home automation solutions to be needlessly complicated – they strove to create smart products that are simple to install and use. In lieu of convoluted circuitry, Switchmate has a clean white faceplate and a motor with two settings: on, and off. Since Switchmate does not require rewiring, it works for homeowners and renters alike.
The smart light switch is controlled via a companion app (available for Android and iOS). Users can register each Switchmate and control it from their smartphones. The app can also flip switches on or off at pre-set times, so users can schedule their lighting around their lives.
Switchmate is available for pre-order now for the limited-time-only Early Bird price of 3 Switchmates for $99.
Since its launch on Monday (March 2nd) Switchmate’s campaign has raised over half its initial $50,000 funding goal. It is set to close on April 1st.
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