Bond isn’t just your run-of-the-mill smart home accessory. It’s actually meant to add some Internet of Things utility to older devices that have no access to the internet. Is that even possible? It can do this by learning the signals from the different remotes and rebroadcasting them when prompted through Alexa or any other smart device. So, some may say this is the year of the comeback for the IR (Infra-Red) blaster. Bond simply works using Wi-Fi, and it has the ability to control both radio frequency and infrared devices. However, as with all infrared (IR) devices even in the past, they will always need line of sight to work properly, since infrared beams a sort of laser light towards the device in order for it to work. So while the old IR blaster systems were clunky affairs in the past, smart home functionality is now a simple solution with Bond, and this also beats buying expensive replacements as smart solutions.
Bond is also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice control, and this makes Bond a fairly powerful tool to easily convert other devices to a voice controlled smart home. Of course, this is assuming Bond even actually works properly. The company also advised that Bond can listen to regular remote signals and track those changes. This is very helpful for Bond when working with old IR and RF signals or systems. Besides, logic dictates, it won’t be helpful if your app tries to turn off the air-conditioner if you’re trying to turn it on because you used the remote and not the Bond app. Using Bond is so simple. All you need after purchasing the unit is to download the app from Google Play or the Apple Store. After the app is established in the smartphone, point any old remote at the Bond unit and wait for the light to turn blue.
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You can now control your appliances from your smartphone or any smart device like a tablet. Its basic key features is that you have complete home automation integration, measure temperature, humidity, and light, create a schedule and events, control up to 6 different appliances, have the app co-exist with any old appliance with a remote control, set target temperature, have light control, and so in short you can control your appliances from your phone everywhere. Unique appliances you can control from the old IR or RF signal systems include ceiling fans, split or window air-conditioners, motorized shades, humidifiers, motorized windows, and even electric fireplaces. The Bond unit and app costs $99. Multiple units are available capable of linking up together to control multiple rooms. It is available for preorder now from the company’s official website.