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LOOKin Remote2: Modern Wi-Fi+IR Smart Home Control

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Posted By Bernard D

Turn smart your AC,TV, TV-box in just few minutes: Realtime IR analysis, REST API, HomeKit, Google&Alexa support, in-device automation

Product

Remote2 is a unique product. Its key features:

– Wi-Fi and BLE Mesh (BLE Mesh will be available in Q2 2021 via OTA)

– Native HomeKit support for AC units

– In-device automation. For example, you can schedule the TV to turn on without the internet and a controller.

– Ability to track status of your IR appliances even it was changed by phisicaly IR Remote. We name this feature it “Realtime IR analysis”

– Easy integration in almost any smart home controller and voice assistants available out of the box

– Internal temperature and humidity sensor

– Built-in web-server with open HTTP REST API;

– Huge base of IR signals and ability to train Remote from your own IR remote;

– Ability to connect an external IR transmitter or temperature sensor (requires a special adapter)

– Powered by Micro-USB or 4xAA batteries (Up to 2 weeks work)

– Ability to mount the device to the ceiling/walls.

In 2019 we released the first version of the device, it is available to professional range of users who have tried already other analogs on the market and, as a result, we have chosen – the manufacturer with an unknown name, but with a device that really solve their problem. 

All this time we received 24/7 feedback and made changes to the product.  Remote2 is the result of 1.5 years of product development in which we took into account all the wishes of both current and, hopefully, future users.

Specs:

Operating Voltage: 5V AC 500ma (micro USB) or 4xAA batteries

Operating Temperature: 0 – 40 ºС

Radio Protocol: Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, BLE Mesh

Dimensions: 80mm x 80mm x 36mm

Mobile App

LOOK.in Hub is a mobile application that allows you to control the device.

Its features:

– Creation and control of IR remotes

– Selection of the remote control by two buttons

– Creation of automation scripts

– Setting up integrations (like Google Home or Alexa)

Voice Assistants Support 

Built-in temperature and humidity sensors

The Remote has built-in temperature and humidity sensors. They are available in both the app & HTTP REST API. So you will always know the climate in the room. Naturally, since the device provides HomeKit support, you can always ask Siri or another voice assistant for the temperature.

Integration with Smart Home Hubs

Remote can be integrated into almost any smart home system via HTTP requests and virtual devices.During the campaign, we will also conduct a survey to determine which smart home systems you own and which plug-ins are required. We will do our best to ensure that the plug-in for your smart home system is ready by the time the device appears at your home.

We are actively expanding the integration of Remote into smart home systems, for example, the SmartIR plugin for HomeAssistant already has Remote support At the request of the community, we quickly carried out the necessary tests and can confirm that local MQTT will also appear on Remote2.

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In-Device Automation

External Temperature Sensor and External IR Transmitter

We have provided Remote2 with the ability to connect an external temperature sensor and an external IR transmitter. An external temperature sensor can be useful, for example, if you intend to control an air conditioner or ventilator using the Remote. In this case, such automation rules as turning on the ventilator or air conditioner become available if the temperature exceeds a preset threshold. An external IR transmitter can be useful if the Remote is hidden in a nightstand or needs to control a device that is out of reach of IR rays.

However, in order not to overload the design of the device and not to change its case, we had to implement this function using an external adapter. It is a micro-USB extension cable with two branches in the form of 3.5 mm jacks. The adapter is inserted into the Remote and then it is possible to connect standard 1-wire temperature sensors to the jacks, for example, DS18B20, and any IR extender with a 3.5 mm jack.

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