Xiaomi has been a runaway success in Malaysia since the beginning of its arrival here. They also have been teasing the public with details about a slew of devices other than smartphones to make your life easier and better. While being successful at what they are already doing it just does not seem enough for the growing company. Now Xiaomi wants to go into the smart home business. Now there is no new products to be excited about yet. But on their Facebook they actually announced that they are working 4 smart home devices that would easily transform your ordinary home into a smart home. They are all in beta testing stage now with no further information other than the capabilities of the devices. They are looking to release them though.
Starting with the smart webcam they call Ants, it looks like just any webcam you might get in the market with 720p HD resolution, wide-angle lens with 111-degree viewing angles and 4x zoom unassumingly digital, and supports 2 way voice calls which we assume should point to a built in microphone. Then they have the Yeelight smart light bulb. It is described to have multiple color lights built in for you to choose and control from your smartphone and also you get to adjust the brightness through your smartphone. Moving to the more interesting bits there is the Mi smart power plug. It might look like a normal boring power plug in the photo but it is more than that. It is actually the smallest 3C approved multi-functional power plug that would to be released, bodes well for travels. It also has a USB interface for your smartphones so gone are the adapters. It is controllable remotely through you smartphone presumably and it is time programmable. The most interesting device here is the Mi smart remote centre. All Xiaomi is willing to say about it is that it is a central control to all your smart home peripherals. From this centre you can control the TV, air-con unit, music player, and more. How it works? We do not know. What is interesting about it is that it sounds like it will connect all your home electronics into a central control and you may then control this central control through your smartphone. Despite that though there are no other details released on these four devices so we do not yet know how they will function in full.
Because information regarding the four devices are scarce it is hard to get much excitement going at all. They are interesting products but as Xiaomi have stated they are in beta testing and not ready for the market. For all we know there are still plenty of work to do to get this product out to the public. The Mi smart remote centre though could be an interesting product as this product just shows that you do not need to spend plenty of time and money to get a smart home. Assuming that Xiaomi maintains its low price strategy, we can safely say also that these will come at costs much lower than that of the market. If it is released though China will definitely get it first and other regions will follow suit.
Sources: Xiaomi Facebook