WigWag Enables Total Home Energy Management–Automagically.

EarthTechling has featured dozens of devices and mobile applications that allow your home to learn from your habits. It’s thought that over time, these technologies will anticipate your actions, allowing them to adjust climate or power consumption to suit your lifestyle. But who wants to wait for their home or office to learn?

WigWag is something completely new in the world of home energy management. With a few touches of a button, this device allows you set conditional rules for just about anything in your home. According to the creators, it will drastically lower the barriers of entry into a smart home (along with the normally steep costs), making it easy and accessible for everyone to create an intelligent environment.

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WigWag teaches you how to talk to your home, giving it simple algebraic commands that speed up the learning process for smart technologies. (For those of you who hated algebra, we’re talking about those pesky “if x, then y” equations). Basically, you use the software to tell WigWag sensors “When” [this] happens “Then” do [that].

“The palm-size, universal WigWag Sensor Block automates with 8 environmental sensors: humidity, temperature, motion, vibration (accelerometer), light, sound, contact switch and tripwire,” explained a WigWag representative in an email. “It also has 4 control features: electronic relay (for anything that turns on and off), IR blaster (for anything controlled by remote control), and the sensor’s own sounds and lights.”

Examples of what you can do with this genius technology:

  • Tell your house to turn on the fan or send you an email if it indoor humidity gets too high.
  • Get a “thirsty” tweet from your office plant; better yet, have it turn on the water!
  • Have the garage door open when it detects your car in range.
  • Train your porch light to turn on after a certain time or when the temperature drops below a certain point (no one wants to navigate icy steps in the dark!)

The suite of hardware includes a WigWag sensor block, LED glowline, and Relay (kind of like a wireless router). “The Relay connects WigWag and third party devices to our cloud service, which allows your stuff to interact with many Internet services, such as email, Dropbox and Twitter,” explain the creators. “It also makes your sensors work together, so they and the rules they activate are smarter.”

It’s also worth noting that WigWag works with other smart devices like Phillips Hue, LIFX, Ube, Insteon and Belkin WeMo – anything with an open API. WigWag also works with Arduino and Raspberry Pi so that developers and makers can further alter it to meet their needs.

Unsurprisingly, WigWag blew through its initial Kickstarter goal of $50,000. Sitting at over $175,000 with nearly a month left, it only takes $119 to ensure you’re the first to have a smart home that does exactly what you want, and nothing you don’t.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog