If you've been looking for a smart home hub that houses a screen and has full support for Google Assistant, your wishes have been granted by a new Indiegogo startup from i-Home Technology Co, Ltd, that goes by the name of Lynky. They're piloting this product as the first Google Assistant-enabled touchscreen smart home hub, and it offers a ton of interesting features and functionality.
The main spectacle here is the 5" multi-touch display, which is accompanied by 2 far-field microphones and a pair of 2W stereo speakers. You can control Lynky via this touchscreen, using Google Assistant voice commands, or even remotely by using the Lynky app. Connecting and synchronizing devices is also a breeze, as the Lynky supports connections via WiFi, Bluetooth, and even Zigbee.
The Lynky offers a ton of flexibility, as it offers an open API and tons of smart home device integration. The device is being touted as a "universal remote for home automation" – and understandably so, given the vast range of ecosystems it supports integration with. The Lynky can be connected to products from the Philips Hue, Nest, August Home, Ring, GE Lighting, iHome and TP-Link ecosystems, amongst others. Furthermore, it supports IFFT natively and allows for users to set up custom scenes to control actions, offering tons of flexibility.
If that wasn't enough for you, keep reading – there's more. Multiple Lynkys automatically synchronise with each other, and while they can all be used in conjunction with one another to control the whole home, you can also assign individual Lynyks to specific functions, rooms or ecosystems; for example, you could have a single Lynky to control just your kitchen IoT appliances, or just your smart lighting. This feature opens up an array of possibilities centered around establishing a network of Lynkys around your phone and offers many advantages over the Amazon Echo ecosystem. Furthermore, if you're already in the Google ecosystem and wanted a Google Assistant-enabled device, but needed more IoT integration, this device is perfect for you.
Two variants of the device are available; one that lies flat and uses USB power and another that uses a wall mounting mechanism and takes light switch power wiring. If you're interested in grabbing it, head over to Indiegogo to back the Lynky. The device is available at an early bird price of $99, or 2 for $188. They're planning on doing a second run of reduced pricing at $119 before the final retail rollout in January 2018, when it will cost $149.
What do you guys think? Does a device like this interest you? Would you prefer this over Google's own rumored screen-based smart hub, or the Amazon Echo Show? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.