Roll-your-own home automation remains something of a niche endeavor, despite an accelerating mainstream shopping push, given a whole host of compatibility considerations and complexity … that many of us are likely familiar with. It probably doesn’t help that Apple’s HomeKit is largely a no-show at this point and LG rival Samsung has delayed their SmartThings refresh. And perhaps why someone like Comcast, with existing relationships and network, sees an opportunity to similarly mate retail gadgetry to cloud-based services. Amidst this chaos, ADT also drops their hat into the ring with an attractive piece of LG hardware and promises to link up Nest, IFFT, and others:
This sleek all-in-one combines beautiful form with the functions of HD video, ADT 24/7 professional monitoring and seamless home automation. And its powerful yet compact design complements your modern home while keeping you in touch with it, right from your phone.
The monitoring hub, perhaps akin to iControl’s Piper, doesn’t yet have a name. Nor does the service have a price. Also unclear… might this somehow tie into the ADTs rumored investment in Zonoff, who we admire as the brains behind Staples Connect. In any event, ADT is planning a Fall 2015 release at which point all will be revealed.