Most home automation solutions available today fall into one of two categories: subscription-based commercial systems (proprietary and expensive), or highly-technical do-it-yourself systems (difficult to set up and use).
HAKit provides a better option by bundling commodity hardware into a convenient home automation kit, along with software tools that make it easy to customize your own system. We've tested the components to make sure everything works well together, and our configuration tools make setup a breeze!
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HAKit is built on proven, secure software technologies that are used by professionals around the world every day.
These software components are generally available for anyone to use for free, but even for seasoned hackers, installing and configuring everything to work correctly can be a significant challenge - at the very least, it's tedious and time-consuming.
HAKit saves time and frustration by providing a system with all the pieces installed and ready to work. All that's left is to configure the system for your unique home, and HAKit provides tools to make it easy.
Our philosophy is that home automation should be just that - automated by default. Too many products on the market seem to confuse mobile app control with home automation. For that reason, HAKit allows you configure rules to control your home automation equipment based on environmental and sensor-based events. Interactive user interfaces (web or mobile apps) can be used to override the system when you want more control.
Pricing hasn't been finalized yet, but we currently estimate the base kit to be in the $140 USD range.
HAKit is still in early prototype stages, but we're anticipating an initial release date sometime in early 2016. With more support and interest from the community, the timeline may be accelerated.
A few companies are working on solutions with similar goals, but most still rely on at least some form of proprietary hardware (or "hub") to make everything work. Since HAKit is really just a Raspberry Pi 2 at its core, you can replace the entire system yourself from off-the-shelf components. You can even customize it with your own hardware or software.
Unlike some systems, HAKit does not aim to support a huge variety of home automation devices out of the box. We've narrowed the list down to some of the most widely-available, reasonably-priced device options. Devices that aren't on the list may still work with HAKit, but you'll be on your own when it comes to setup and configuration.
Successful companies usually need some kind of "secret sauce" in order to be competitive. HAKit's secret sauce does not include the hardware or software that runs your home automation system. Instead, we're committed to providing an incredible out-of-box experience.
We do this by combining everything you need into one convenient package, and by helping you set up your system with our web-based configuration tools. These tools make life easier when configuring your system, but they're not required. Our hope is that the value we add in that part of the process is so compelling that there'd be little reason to choose anything else.
Absolutely! As mentioned, there's nothing special about our hardware (other than a few minor tweaks), but you're unlikely to save a significant amount of money (or time) that way versus purchasing HAKit. You can download the software components yourself too, but you'll need to configure them yourself. Access to our web-based configuration tools will be available as a license that can be purchased optionally without any hardware.
For the most part, yes. While we can't claim the entire system is open source (some third-party components of the system we don't control may not be open source), all of the software and hardware we add to your system is open source. Our web-based configuration tools are proprietary, but those tools are not required for system operation - they just make the the setup process easier. The decision to keep our configuration tools proprietary (and for-profit) enables us to use more resources in building and refining the project so we can deliver a high quality product with significant longevity.
Ben is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in software engineering. He cofounded Scan and has worked extensively building mobile apps and web services.
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