I just saw this new home automation platform called WigWag. It’s got 3 days left on kick starter and seems like a nice, promising, and possibly open(citation needed) platform for home and general automation. I’ve seen a few other automation projects on kick starter and so far I didn’t like them. The cost was too high, especially for prototypes and their platform or business model seemed flawed to me.
This one appears to support multiple sensors and development/expansion for Arduino and RaspberryPi. I like this. They’re also providing what appears to be a decent mobile and web UI/APP. I’m hoping they also offer a good API access so that people like me don’t have to rely on their application and can integrate their product into our own apps.
I won’t be backing their project right now because for the price, it’s honestly nothing I can’t build with little effort for much less money. Also they’ve surpassed their goal and then some, so I don’t think they need my moral and financial support to press forward. So, yes to me it’s over priced and unnecessary right now. But the promise I’m seeing here is it might develop into a good platform with a solid development community behind it. If that turns out to be the case, this is something I would get behind. For anything project, hobby, or career related in development, it’s always nice to get behind a solution that is open and has the most active community.
You can check out the kickstarter page here, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wigwag/wigwag-scan-it-control-it-rule-it-share-it?ref=category