Review Anyware Smart Adaptor – Turns Lamps into Burglar Alarms! Additional sensors too

hey everybody its lon Seidman and we’re taking a look today at the anywhere smart adapter this is a little device that screws into any light socket and and smart light bulb functionality but also gives you the ability to monitor some things in the room including temperature humidity and it has a decibel meter so it can act as a security notification device as well we’re gonna take a look and see what you can do with this in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that I got this free of charge from anywhere at CES they just tossed one to me when I stopped by their booth all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this little device can do so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this costs about $75 so it’s a little more expensive than what a smart light bulb might cost you but it has those sensors that I mentioned at the outset so there might be some value to having an all-in-one device like this hopefully they can maybe get the price lowered a bit as things develop pretty simple again you just plug it into your lamp there’s no bulb though included you have to get some bulbs to go with it I picked up a pack of these six watt little e 12 bulbs that are compatible with the socket here on the top it will only work with LED light bulbs and you can get these really inexpensively this pack of 3 cost me like 12 bucks or something like that so it wasn’t all that expensive to get the bulbs going with this it will not work with incandescent bulbs if you do plug one in it will tell you that it won’t work that’s probably because of the heat that those bulbs generate so you’ll want to get again an LED e 12 bulb to pop it into the top of the socket and then you’ve got yourself a working little adapter here there is a switch here for turning the bulb on or off so if you don’t want to have to rely on an app to get your lights on you can walk up to this thing and push the button

just like you would normally do on a lamp for example and the reason why they have the button here is that your lamp has to always be on for the sensors to work inside of the adapter so this is an alternative to a manual lamp switch and I thought that was a nice touch to have that in there now the adapter will connect up to your Wi-Fi network to operate however I set it up I had to type in my Wi-Fi information manually so I’d type in the network name in the password it didn’t do a discovery of available Wi-Fi networks around it so that was one thing that slowed me down a little bit and you may want to take note of your Wi-Fi network name and password before you get started after that though it got itself up on the network and its app found everything automatically I was also able to configure it with the Amazon a word you do have to download a skill for this device to your Amazon account and then after that it will show up like any other smart home device will within your Amazon ecosystem so if you have an Amazon echo you could put this device inside of a room in your configuration issue a single command and it will turn off all the bulbs from other manufacturers and this one with that single command so it seems like it’s integrated well with the Amazon stuff it is going to work also with Google home however at the time I’m recording this video it was not yet certified to do so so I was

unable to test that but maybe we’ll do a follow up when that functionality comes into place and they unfortunately do not have plans for apple homekit at this time so let’s get this thing hooked up to a lamp and see how it works all right so we’ve got the lamp installed in the lamp socket and if I go over here and just push the button you can see the light turns on pretty simple there and then of course we’ve got the app that you use to control it and we’ll get into some of these scenes here in a second but we’ll start with the basics here which is the adapter itself so if I go over here and just tap on the little light bulb icon that will turn on the bulb and I can of course adjust the brightness here with the brightness control on there as well so you have that option if I tap outside of the light bulb you’ll get some of the basic data coming back from the sensors so right now it’s registering 30 decibels partly because I’m talking usually it’s a little bit lower than that and you can see here on the chart that you get a pretty good breakdown of time over what it was detecting and I’ll get into the intrusion detection threshold here in a second you can also drill down to the last 24 hours to get a better idea as to what was going on so you can see it’s been relatively consistent here same goes with temperature you can see the temperature of air I did however find that the thermometer on this feels about five degrees off because this room is 67 degrees I brought down a few traditional

thermometers to verify that and I put those thermometers right where the light adapter was located he keeps registering at around 62 degrees or so so at least it’s off but it’s off in the colder direction that might give you a little bit more time to prevent your pipes from freezing but nonetheless it was not accurate to the actual temperature I also installed this in a lamp that had a lampshade and then I ran the light bulb for a couple of hours to see if it had any impact on the temperature reading it did not so I’m guessing they’re doing some calculations who factored that in and perhaps that is why we’re not getting a fully accurate temperature reading here again you’re about five degrees colder than you might actually be now right before I went to upload the video the company reached out to me with a way of recalibrating the socket if you’re running into trouble so what you need to do is unplug it for about ninety five minutes or so they say and then when you plug it back in put it back into the lamp without a bulb installed and that will force it to recalibrate the temperature sensor and that looks like it did the trick for me the room was about 71 degrees and that was what I was getting after I went through this recalibration so if you’re noticing the temperature being off on your device this will probably fix it I have no way of knowing whether or not the humidity level here is accurate it appears to be so given how my room feels compared to some of the more damper rooms in the house so I think it is probably close to accurate but again it might have some variations from some other sensors that you might be running with the decibel meter I found does seem to be working pretty well in fact I was doing some testing with trying to set off the intrusion

alarm which I’ll show you in a few minutes and it was able to pick those things up in almost real-time I do think the data that you get back from the device here is a bit delayed but you will be able to detect an intrusion pretty much the moment it happens and I’ll show you how that works now with the scene setting now the scene section kind of confused me initially because I always associated that word in smart-home devices with the color of lights and that sort of thing on this device scenes determine how the device behaves and what it’s looking for us right now I’ve got three of them loaded up on the device intrusion detection energy-saving mode and indoor climate monitoring now you can have three scenes active at any time and when I first set it up intrusion detection was nowhere to be found what you have to do is actually go in and replace one scene with another so for example if I wanted to swap out the energy-saving mode this is pretty basic if you leave the house it turns the lights off I can tap on those three little periods there and then say replace the scene and what it will give me is the preventive burglar light here is an alternative I’m guessing over time they may add more functionality to this feature so now that I’ve done that you can see the second option there now is the preventive burglar light if I tap on that it will give me some more information as to what’s going on if I tap on edit I can control when things go on or off so with this feature I could have the light turn on at sunset for example and turn off at sunrise and then I can also have a detect whether or not I am home so if I get home it might turn off the lights automatically and if I leave it will turn them back on and

then of course will have its usual rules for that you do have to activate these scenes for them to work though so you want to make sure you turn those on when you do that the color of the icon will change from black to orange indoor climate moderate monitoring is what exactly what it sounds like you can have it send you notifications if the temperature gets in a certain zone and you can go in and edit those temperatures the men’s and the Max’s there along with humidity as well so you have the ability to get exactly the reading you want to trigger a notification those notifications will be delivered through their app on your phone so if you’re using Android or iOS they’ll push you a notification when you hit one of those thresholds pretty basic stuff there it will also Bank up the notifications here inside the app so you can get an idea as to when an intrusion alert was triggered for example or one of those other alerts as well now I found the intrusion detection seemed to be one of the more interesting components here because you can turn your lamp into an intruder detector let’s see how that works real quick we’re just going to go into that scene and edit it now what it’s doing here is it’s listening for sounds that are 80 decibels or higher if it hears that it’s going to push you a notification you can also set it to deliver notifications to more than just you you can have it email people for example you can also have it send out push notifications to other people on their phones as well in addition to those notifications it’s going to flash the light in this instance for six minutes but you can make that longer or shorter if you want and then there’s another option here for snoozing and what this is is that once it does detect a noise it won’t keep sending you notifications

for as long as you set there on the snooze and that might be helpful if you have somebody coming by the house to check things out you might want to be notified when they come in but you don’t want to maybe get 500 notifications while they’re in your home so you can set a time limit for that so that you won’t get too many of those and you can also set it so that when your home the intrusion detection is disarmed but when you leave it will rearm itself so it can kind of work like some of the other home security products that we’ve worked with now one of the cool things about this is that it works with IFTTT and I thought to demonstrate the intrusion detector perhaps we will make a little recipe for that to happen so if you haven’t played with IFTTT check it out because it really is a great way to connect a lot of different devices together so anywhere is compatible with it and I have its intrusion detector trigger set here and when that trigger is activated IFTTT will then turn on a light that’s manufactured by a different smart home manufacturer in this case one of these Casa lights so the smart adapter now is armed and ready to go I’m going to scream into it here hello mister light bulb below and whoo I got blinded there you can see it’s starting to flash and then what will happen here is it will trigger IFTTT and that will turn my light red as well I have a little thing called red alert set up there to make that scene happen on the lamp but one thing to note is that IFTTT is not always immediate so I wouldn’t depend on an IFTTT alert for this to work you really want to I think rely on the app itself given that I’m finding the IFTTT is not responding consistently every time I trigger one of these things but you can also see that the anywhere app pushed an alert to my phone and it told me what time that it happened and which one of my

devices triggered it and if I go into this you can see now it’s giving me more information about this this seems a little bit off to me because my options are to snooze it or to deactivate and I assume deactivating would just turn the alarm off which it does you can see that the things stopped flashing but it also in turn turned off the intrusion detection itself so I need to turn that back on again manually so you probably want to push that snooze button just to get the light to stop flashing without having your complete scene here shut off all the way but that was one thing that I think they could probably adjust in software and you can also see some of the other triggers you can set up here with the device so we just did the trigger detection here that will of course then connect with any other IFTTT compatible device like our Casa bulb there you can also have it look for temperature variations and when you activate energy-saving mode but unfortunately at the moment it does not allow you to do anything with the moisture sensor which i think would be of interest to a lot of folks you can also have it take actions too so you could have another device turn the light on for example or set the light level and you can also stop alerts too if you want to have something else trigger the end of that alert so you do have a few options there let’s take a look and see what kind of Amazon options we have so

we’re inside the Amazon a word app and I can issue voice commands here to have the bulb turn on so I can say turn on anywhere and there we go it’s on now now of course this thing I named anywhere but I could really call it anything I want I can go into it directly here and control it through the app and I’m guessing if you had one of those Amazon devices with a display you’d see a similar control here one thing I’ve noticed though is that it’s not as intuitive as some other devices I have used in the sense that on this casa bulb i’ve got a slider for adjusting brightness here it’s just make this tapping on a specific value but I could say turn anywhere to 80% and that will brighten the bulb up that way so all the voice commands work on here and I’m also able to group it as you can see into my basement group so I could say turn off the basement lights and then both lights will turn off like that so it seems like most of the Amazon integration here is working however you don’t have access to the sensors right now on Amazon it will only turn on or off the bulb and adjust brightness so you couldn’t for example integrate some of the sensor data into an amazon routine that would trigger some of your other devices you can of course as you saw do that through IFTTT but not through Amazon or Google home right now that’s something I would like to see in the future now of course if you have one of these Amazon echo devices you can do what you just saw just by issuing the a-word trigger we’ve been trying to find ways to not inadvertently trigger people’s devices which is why we use my phone for the demo here but you can do the same thing through one of your favorite devices with the a-word so that’s gonna do it for our look here at the anywhere smart adapter it’s a neat little device that I think probably costs a little bit too

much at the moment given that you have to bring your own light bulb into the mix here so 75 bucks maybes a little bit too much maybe 45 or 50 would be a little better of a price but nonetheless I like what they’re doing with it I like the sensors that they chose for this I would like to see though more integration of those sensors with Amazon for example in Google home when available because right now you really can’t integrate the data coming off of this with your existing home hub routines which I know a lot of people probably would want to do they do work okay through their app but they are kind of disconnected and you can’t have it trigger something else for example if your pipes start to freeze or something like that so maybe a little bit tighter integration would be a nice step in the right direction here and of course a little bit more polish on their app to make it a little bit more intuitive but nonetheless it seems to work pretty well and it’s kind of a neat little device that was a little bit different than some of the other IOT things we have looked at until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters Chris Allegretto the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht a new zhaveri in Cali an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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