If you’re building a smart-home, you need a device that can operate as the center-piece. This is a smart hub or security tool that will connect, control, and integrate with various devices in the home.
NyBryte, a touchscreen light switch, aims to be your choice for smart-home center-piece, but with so many options on the market, how does it compair? Does it beat out devices like Samsung SmartThings or Apple’s HomeKit? Let’s take a look.
What Does NuBryte Do?
The NuBryte Touchpoint combines smart lighting controls with a camera and microphone. The touchscreen is responsive and camera will watch the home while users are away.
The system is priced at $250 for a one switch panel, or $260 for a two switch panel. With NuBryte, users can turn their ordinary light switch into a platform that aims to be an “all-in-one” security solution.
The primary function of the device is to serve as a smart light switch to control lights, but along with the security camera, NuBryte can also organize a user’s life with calendar features, indoor and outdoor weather updates, alarms and timers, remote functionality, and energy use information (only regarding the Nubryte system and devices that are wired to it).
If a user installs multiple NuBryte devices, they will communicate with each other like an intercom system. The device is available on Android and iOS.
NuBryte can be purchased at Best Buy or on their official website. The device is currently only available in the United States, but will be available in other countries at a later date.
A Note on Installation
NuBryte can replace single or double switch panels. The process is rather simple, but users will have to have some familiarity with electrical wiring before they complete setup. If you aren’t certain about how to wire electrical devices, it’s best to consult with a professional.
Video tutorials and step-by-step guides are provided by NuBryte to aid customers with the installation process. The device also works with neutral wires and most light bulbs but not ceiling fans.
Before installing NuBryte, double check the location to ensure that it will install there.
Who Does it Integrate With?
If you’re outfitting your home with smart-home equipment, your first concern is what devices integrate, connect, and what type of smart-home you’ll be capable of building.
As of now, NuBryte lacks in integration. It does connect with Amazon Alexa powered devices and will connect with IFTTT and Nest in the future, but that’s the extent of NuBrytes integration capabilities.
Why Does NuBryte Fall Short?
Though the device does have a few things for it—it’s a workable light switch and does have a security camera—none of its capabilities are better than the competition. It doesn’t have any areas where it stands out.
The app is lacking, users can’t view a live video feed while away(recording only occurs during alerts), and users can’t control any devices other than the lights that are wired to the switch. There is no features for voice commands and scenes can’t be customized either.
All-in-all, NuBryte simply falls short. It doesn’t stand out in any one area to warrant a purchase, and since it isn’t a monitored device, its home security abilities are up to a user receiving and responding to push alert notifications.
Competitors in similar fields perform much better, most notably the Wink Relay, a similar device for $100 that controls light bulbs, thermostats, cameras, smoke detectors, switches, and various other devices. NuBryte can only control the lights that it is wired too.
If you’re looking to make your home smart and give it a go at an automated house, look away from the NuBryte Touchpoint.
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