Homey: a first impression

Homey: a first impression

Homey Flow EditorTwo weeks ago my Homey finally arrived. It’s still in beta, but that’s fine by me :-).

Currently I have the following devices and services setup:

  • Klik-aan-klik-uit (Kaku) remote (433Mhz)
  • Nest thermostat
  • Philips Hue lighting
  • TV (infrared)
  • PVR (infrared))
  • Receiver (infrared)
  • Kodi (trigger like: ‘on movie start’, ‘on pause’)
  • Fibaro motion sensor (Z-wave)
  • #Slack (for notifications)
  • Buienradar (trigger to inform you when it starts to rain)

Adding new devices is very simple, because Homey will recognize most devices automatically. If an infrared device is not recognized automatically, you can learn Homey each key manually.

Homey devices

Homey already supports a lot of devices and Apps. Apps can be added via the Homey App store. Because Homey is open, it’s also possible to create you own Apps. So the number of Apps can grow fast if a lot people start developing themselves.

Flow Editor

Homey comes with a build in Flow Editor. The Flow Editor makes it possible to create several flows. A flow is constructed by defining the IF (trigger) and a THEN (action). Optional you can use logical expressions to fine tune the IF.

Homey Flow Editor

Below an example of a flow to turn on the TV including the PVR and receiver. The flow is trigger by pressing a button on the Kaku-remote. When the button is pressed the led-ring of the Homey will turn red and an infrared signal is send to the TV, PVR and receiver. At the end Homey will say that the TV is turned on.

Homey turn on TV

Another flow I have running is turning on the lights in the hallway when motion is detected. Another flow is turning of the light when motion is no longer detected. For detecting motion a use the Fibaro motion sensor.

Homey motion sensor

I nice feature is that you can send notifications to your mobile or to #Slack. So even when I’m not home, I still know what is happening at home.

Still in beta

There are still some flaws in the software and Homey is not always triggering the flows when it should, but hey I still love my Homey. The guys at Athom are working really hard on the software and with each update Homey works better. Most of the issues I had where solved by looking for answers on the forum or with a software update.

Only speech recognition is not working as it should, but I hope this will be improved in one of the next updates.

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