Archos releases new iOS-controlled smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors

in General Discussion edited June 2014
Consumers looking for an self-installed, iOS-compatible "connected home" system now have a new option from electronics manufacturer Archos, as the company's new Smart Home system has hit virtual shelves with cameras, environmental sensors, and a customized control tablet.


The individual devices, which Archos refers to as "connected objects," can be controlled either through the Android-based tablet or a companion application. The application, available on iOS or Android, works in concert with the tablet to enable remote access for the suite.

Measuring up at the approximately the same size as a ping-pong ball, Archos's Mini-Cam ships with a wide-angle lens that the company says can be used for both still and video photography through the app. A magnetic stand allows for precise angling.

The motion ball is a similarly-sized device that can detect any movement within 10 meters. In combination with the camera, the motion ball can be used to triggers an automatic recording mode only when motion is detected, saving power and storage space.


Archos's weather tag comes packed with temperature and humidity sensors, while the movement tag is a two-part device that can trigger actions when the parts are split from one another or based on the movement of its built-in accelerometer. The camera, motion ball, and weather tags are waterproof for use outdoors.

The entire suite uses low-energy Bluetooth for communication, and Archos says the batteries can last up to one year before replacement. It is unknown whether the set will eventually interface with the HomeKit platform Apple announced earlier this month, but Archos does promise interoperability with other 433 megahertz RF-based standards.

A starter pack including the tablet, two cameras, two motion balls, two movement tags, and two weather tags is available now directly from the manufacturer for $249.99. The company says more connected objects will be release over the summer and fall, including a remotely-operable smart plug that can be used to turn appliances on and off.

AppleInsider took a first look at the Archos home automation accessories at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. There, the company also unveiled a number of iOS-connected smart watches and health trackers as part of its 2014 product lineup.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    following wither of the above links only gets to the UK arches site - no mention yet of these devices on USA site.
    Hopefully -unlike the otherwise useful wemo devices, you will be able to put devices in more than one geographic location, and access them from a single IOS device
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Uh oh. Watch out, Creative Labs.
  • Reply 3 of 5

    Ah, Archos... The French Coby.

  • Reply 4 of 5
    customtbcustomtb Posts: 346member
    So you have to buy the system with an android based tablet and then connect your iOS device through that?
  • Reply 5 of 5
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 3,094member
    OS10.10 will encourage peripheral makers to jump in. AAPL's strategy of life beyond the PC is going to bloom in some interesting ways. At WWDC, Craig mentioned being able to tell Siri "I'm going to bed now" and the house will be configured. A few microphones and speakers in the house, and you've got Tony Stark's Jarvis working for you. Could be useful.

    One thing I find curious is the focus on home video monitoring. It seems...not well thought out. I suppose some might find this useful, but I'd like to see more door locks (some designs pretty lame, expensive and difficult to install.) Some new wall switches coming out, but I don't see integrated, complete systems yet. All rather piecemeal.

    Once the hardware is out, I do see a great opportunity for home improvement people to offer packages.
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