Introducing HAKit

Home Automation Kit for Hackers, by Hackers

Everything you need to easily build your own home automation system, without compromising privacy or limiting your options.


Build your own system - the easy way.


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!


HAKit Components

How does it compare to other options?


Vivint Vera HAKit
No Contracts
No Third-party Access
Commodity Hardware
Hacker-friendly
Built-in VPN Server
Base Price + Activation $200 $150 $140
Monthly Fee $50+ $0 $0
  • HAKit hardware components are available at many popular electronics retailers. Replace or customize components yourself. No vendor lock-in means lower costs and greater flexibility.
  • Once purchased, HAKit is your own property and requires no recurring fees or service contracts. It does not require any cloud-based intermediary.
  • HAKit is hacker-friendly. If you have technical skills and want to further customize your system, HAKit will stay out of the way.
  • HAKit resides on your private home network without any need for outside/third-party control. We'll never set up backdoors to your system or monitor your activity because we've designed it so only you have access.
  • Your HAKit can run an integrated VPN server (with user-defined keys) to allow you - and only you - to access the system remotely if desired.

HAKit Components*


HAKit Hardware

Components

Base Kit Includes:

Hardware

  • Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
  • Case for Raspberry Pi
  • Power adapter
  • Micro SD card with preloaded firmware
  • USB WiFi adapter
  • USB Z-Wave adapter
  • 433 MHz RF module

Software

  • Raspbian-based OS
  • openHAB
  • OpenVPN
  • User license for web-based configuration tool
  • Automatic or manual firmware updates

Supported Devices

(partial list)

  • Nest Thermostat
  • Philips Hue/Lux Lighting
  • Z-Wave Light Switch
  • Z-Wave Outlet Switch
  • Z-Wave Motion/Occupancy Sensor
  • Z-Wave Door/Window Sensor
  • Z-Wave Door Lock
  • Z-Wave Energy Meter
  • 433 MHz Outlet Switch
* Components and supported devices are subject to change

Software Stack

Software Overview


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much will it cost?

Pricing hasn't been finalized yet, but we currently estimate the base kit to be in the $140 USD range.

When will it be released?

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.

Are other people already doing this?

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.

How does HAKit make money?

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.

Can I just buy everything separately and create the kit myself?

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.

Is HAKit open source?

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.

Team


Ben Turley
Founder / Software Engineer


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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Future Customers

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Engineers & Designers

Do you have skills or expertise in areas that would help HAKit? We're looking for top-notch talent to join the team.

Point us to some of your past work and let us know how you plan to help make HAKit a success. Contact us at [email protected].

Investors

We're currently bootstrapping HAKit, but we're open to consider your investment as a way to accelerate the project and get to market faster.

Help us understand what you can bring to the table by shooting us an email at [email protected].