“Xiobots can both monitor and control things... ” Sotolov said, adding “control is the most essential element of successful automation. It doesn’t matter if you install temperature sensors, proximity sensors, or whatever... if your automation system doesn’t act on information (that is, respond to monitored conditions) automatically and autonomously, and if your system cannot easily connect with other equipment in your environment (like your HVAC and sprinkler controls, alarm system, etc.), then you’re not going to realize the true value of automation technology. Xiobots are intended to solve this problem.”
Xiobots use Bluetooth SMART wireless technology — which allows them to connect directly with Bluetooth SMART-ready smartphones and tablets. Xiobot Intelligent Controllers (with an Ethernet port or Wi-Fi) will be available to provide seamless and secure remote access to Xiobot devices by bridging them to local networks and the internet — a consumer-oriented feature that allows buyers with older smartphones (without Bluetooth SMART) to still use Xiobots.
Astoundingly, the Xiobot Intelligent Controller is also a powerful standalone processor capable of executing sophisticated apps — delivering the automatic and autonomous control that Sotolov alluded to. Apps to optimize HVAC control, landscape watering, even TV ‘channel surfing’ (which works with a Xiobot Infrared Remote Control), will be freely downloadable. Scripted commands will allow users to customize the controller’s response to monitored conditions and events; and, scheduled commands will enable ‘lifestyle’
The Xiobot system is designed to be extensible — and the name was derived from that concept — Extensible Input/Output Bot. Among the devices planned for initial production are sensors for: environment (calibrated air temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure), a garden sensor (with an integrated hygrometer to measure soil moisture), a water leak detector, pool sensor (which through its app, can act as a safety monitor to let you know when splashing water is sensed), and a myriad of other devices which are on the drawing board.
Not just delivering the usual array of commonplace wireless sensors, the Xiobot product line includes interface devices allowing easy linking of existing equipment to a Xiobot automation system. Signal input sensing and relay output devices will be available in a variety of configurations;
In addition to an extensive line-up of impressive sensor and connectivity devices, controllers, and apps, CYDEX will provide an API (application programming interface) enabling integrators to customize a Xiobot automation system even further — enabling connection to other home automation controls and systems.
Gerald Sotolov founded CYDEX on the premise that information technology needs to be effective, uncomplicated, and affordable for it to be relevant. To that end, he extends his philosophy to CYDEX’s product designs; where he applies his extensive experience in technical, scientific, and commercial disciplines leading his company’s engineers and developers as the Chief Technical Officer. His background spans more than three decades of systems and software engineering — from embedded control systems and electronics design to expertise in enterprise-scale, transactional and database-oriented applications. He is an avid home automation enthusiast and developed Xiobots as a solution for both home and commercial use.
Funding for large-scale production is needed to bring Xiobot products to market.
To see the crowdfunding campaign visit http://www.indiegogo.com/