The Web-Of-Things is a catch-all term for apps and devices that connect your home and basic non-internet-enabled objects to the web, allowing you to control your home, heating and other variables from anywhere in the world. Google has sold the Nest thermostat in the Google Play store for a while, and there are others which do the same. WeeMo plugs allow you to control the lighting from your phone. Archos‘ entry in to the Web-Of-Things is this unassuming little box which packs quite a punch for a surprisingly small price: We give you the Archos Smart Home Hub.
Archos Smart Home Hub Review:
The Archos Smart Home Hub is a small package that will give you information about your home direct to your phone. In the box you will find the following:
- 1 Archos Smart Home Hub tablet
- 2 movement tags
- 2 weather tags
- 1 motion ball
- 1 mini camera ball
Because there is so much hardware in the box, we will break it down into these 5 categories and explain more about them.
Archos Smart Home Hub Tablet:
The Archos Smart Home Hub tablet is the central focus point of your Smart Home Hub. It connects to each of the tags via Bluetooth and records their responses in the Smart Home App. The app is the main use of the tablet, which, when not in use, can display your photos like a digital photo frame using the DayDream feature built-in to Android 4.2 which it is running. When you need to use it, simply tap the snooze-like button on the tablet’s top edge and the screen will return to the app.
For those hoping to set the tablet on the wall like a picture frame, the downside is that the construction of the tablet has a bulge out the back to give the tablet a portrait stand. This, we feel, is a slight design flaw of the tablet itself, but doesn’t, by any means, make it worthless. On the rear is a Micro USB plug, Micro SD slot and a proprietary charging port for the plug which will charge and power your Smart Home Hub Tablet. There is also a 3.5 mm Headphone jack should you wish to plug it in to more substantial speakers and use it as a music hub too.
Like any modern tablet worth it’s salt, the Archos Smart Home Hub tablet has a forward facing camera, which can be used as a second camera. It also has temperature recorders which will tell you the temperature and humidity wherever the tablet is placed.