While lots of folks are speculating about voice, motion and wearable control of the smart home, Logitech keeps plugging along with its Harmony remote lineup.
Logitech's move into the smart home with its Harmony line was announced almost a year ago, and in January the company announced an API for integration with the device, but since things have been fairly quiet on the smart home front (Mark Spates, who was helping to drive the platform, left for Google in July).
To be fair, the company has been periodically updating us on more integration. The company added Ube and Ivee in March and in May added the Nest Protect and Rheem, so it's not as if they've been completely dormant. But this last announcement was a big one, with four new products: the August smart lock, Ecobee, LIFX Wi-Fi lighting, and INSTEON.
All of these are interesting to me, but INSTEON is the most intriguing. With this update, users of the Harmony smart home control remotes can now access any INSTEON device through the device. That's pretty cool, if it works. My understanding is the HomeKit bridge for INSTEON is having problems, and while that may be a HomeKit issue, I'll be watching closely to see how this integration goes.
However, the bigger news to me is the fact that Logitech still hasn't shipped the Harmony home automation extender that bridges their remotes to Z-Wave and Zigbee devices. The product, which has its own page at Logitech.com, is still listed as "coming soon". This device was announced at the time of the Harmony smart home remote, and it still hasn't shipped a full year later, making me wonder if it will ship at all.
Of course, if Logitech/Harmony is serious about tackling the smart home, I think they have to ship this device. You can't realistically expect the product to be a true smart home remote without connecting to these two radios.
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