if you have tons of Internet of Things at home, it probably feels like what Android OS was a decade ago – fragmented and instead of making life easier which IoT really should do, you probably have amassed basket full of remotes, or bountiful of apps on your phone. well, this is where peripheral maker Logitech thinks its new Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home can help. the lineup promised easy access and control over a wide variety of entertainment and home automation devices, so you only have one or a couple of control to deal with, which will, needless to say, make your living less of a clutter with all ‘non-necessary’ remotes out of the way.
basically, what the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home is much like the Harmony remote but with expanded control to include connected things, such as Nest Thermostat, Philips hue lights, August Smart Locks and the likes. kicking off the lineup is the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, which is essentially the ‘translation department’ and uses every possible wireless connectivity including RF, IR, Bluetooth and WiFi, to relay commands from Logitech Harmony Living Home remotes or mobile app to a wide array of home entertainment and home automation devices. the Harmony Home Hub is included as part of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and Logitech Harmony Home Control, but it can also be purchased separately for $99.99.
next up is the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home ($349.99) that ‘consolidates’ all your compatible home automation devices and up to 15 home entertainment devices. it has a 2.4″ touch display for accessing Harmony Activities, check on the device’s status, edit its settings, switch channels and more. if touch display is not your cuppa, there is the button-only remote Logitech Harmony Home Control ($149.99) to get things done without screen-molesting. it supports all your home automation devices, as well as up to 8 home entertainment devices. there is also a mobile app that lets you wield command over your home devices using your tablet or smartphone too.
and then there is the Logitech Harmony Hub Extender ($129.99) for ambitious folks who wants every connected devices to be put under the control of your Harmony system. when we said ‘every connected devices’, we do mean everything including the lights, locks, sensors, garage doors – basically anything that connects through ZigBee or Z-Wave. the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home lineup is slated to be available this month the U.S. and Canada, while the Logitech Harmony Hub will be available early December.