EnOcean has long been on our radar thanks to its inexpensive light switches and thermostats, which harvest energy from solar cells and thermal differentials and boast peel-and-stick backs for easy installation. Now, they’re getting hooked up for TCP/IP communication, which means in addition to talking to each other, homeowners will be able to control them using any garden-variety web-connected device. The setup will require a small gateway, at which point you can monitor rooms using desktop widgets and mobile apps such as Can2Go that are compatible with EnOcean’s radio protocol (ERP). So far, the company’s mostly made headway in retail stores and office buildings, but if it has its way, it could be coming to hospitals, college dorms, and (duh) your home.
EnOcean’s home automation sensors communicate over TCP/IP, play nice with smartphone apps originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 May 2011 14:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.