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Smart light switch includes HD camera, IFTT support

Nov 20, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,808 views

D-Link’s Linux-powered, WiFi-enabled “Komfy Switch with Camera” also includes a cloud service, sensors for temperature, humidity, and CO2, and IFTT support.

We’re still not entirely comfortable with the idea of in-home surveillance cameras, but if you need one, it might as well run Linux and do other cool stuff too, right? D-Link has further expanded its burgeoning line of Linux-based home automation devices with a combination indoor surveillance camera, smart light switch, and sensor array called the Komfy Switch with Camera.

Komfy Switch with Camera at an angle, in white and black
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Like the Nest Labs Nest Cam, the WiFi-enabled, $300 device features a 1080p camera with a 130 degree wide angle lens. The camera provides 2x digital zoom, as well as night vision at up to 16 feet. A microphone provides -42 dB sensitivity, and there’s also a light sensor and a motion detector that can detect movement at up to 6.5 feet.

Komfy detail view (left) and iPhone app with naughty dog
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The Komfy Switch with Camera can send motion and sound alerts to a mobile app, as well as store unlimited video clips on an 8-day first-in, first-out basis to a free personal cloud service. The videos are accessible from a mobile app. Users can also record locally to a microSD card whenever motion is detected.

The smart switch provides remote and scheduled control of up to two connected lights. Sensors will continually check humidity, temperature, and air quality, including high levels of CO2, and can send alerts when there’s a notable change in conditions.

Komfy replaces a 1- or 2-gang light switch
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The 6.34 x 5.00 x 2.36-inch Komfy Switch with Camera replaces a standard 1 or 2-gang light switch. Available in black or white, it includes two on/off clickpads and a reset button.

A D-Link spokesperson informs us that the Komfy Switch with Camera runs Linux 3.8.8 on a 528MHz ARM11 processor. The camera, meanwhile, has its own Linux-ready Ambarella SoC, a Cortex-A9-based HD camera processor. The camera is equipped with a 1/3” 3-megapixel progressive CMOS sensor, with a 2.8mm focal length and F2.54 aperture.

The Komfy does not require a separate hub, such as D-Link’s Linux-based Connected Home Hub. With its all-in-one design, it appears to be aimed more at apartment dwellers. Built-in IFTTT support, however, means you can use it “with other smart devices and apps to create a truly automated home,” says D-Link.

Unfortunately, the Linux-powered Komfy has one major drawback: the mobile app only runs on iOS. Go figure.

Komfy Switch with Camera video overview

Further information

The Komfy Switch with Camera (DKZ-201S) is available for pre-order now for $300, which is said to be discounted from the regular price of $370. Shipments are expected in December. More information, including some additional specs, may be found at the D-Link Komfy Switch with Camera product page.

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2 responses to “Smart light switch includes HD camera, IFTT support”

  1. Nonya says:

    This is even worse than the Internet connected “smart” TVs that have cameras and microphones built in so that they can spy on those dumb enough to buy them! This whole idea that everything in your home needs to be connected to the Internet is just insane!! It is just far too easy for these devices to be used to spy on people for nefarious purposes, including the collecting and selling of private information!!! Guess its time to move to that cabin in the woods that has no phone, Internet, or electricity!

  2. John says:

    Reminds me way too much of a HAL 9000 interface.

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