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RoomMe Can Adjust Smart Home Device Settings to Your Liking

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LAS VEGAS—From toilets to mattresses, there’s no shortage of smart home devices that will make their debut at CES 2019. But amongst all the flashy and pricey new gadgets, an inexpensive sensor called RoomMe may offer the quickest path to complete home automation.

CES 2019 Bug ArtWith RoomMe, you can create personalized home automation profiles for every person in your house. Simply walk into the room, and RoomMe will adjust the lights, thermostat, music, and even television to match your personal preferences.

The RoomMe sensor looks like a smoke detector, and is about as easy to install. Simply attach a sensor at the entrance of each room you’d like to automate, and use the RoomMe app and your smartphone to sync the sensors. Since sensors connect via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) instead of Wi-Fi, all automation tasks are completed locally through your smartphone to prevent any data sharing online.

Once you have the initial network set up, you’ll need to pair and authorize your current smart home devices to the RoomMe network. It’s relatively simple, but if you have a lot of smart devices it may take a little time to complete this step.

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After you’ve paired your devices, it’s time to add users. RoomMe lets you add up to 16 individual users. It’s worth noting each user needs to have a smartphone, so small children may not be able to create an individualized profile.

RoomMe allows you to define each user as standard or master. A standard user can set up individual automation profiles for each room of the house. Master users can do the same but have the additional luxury of having first priority when walking into a room with a standard user.

Once users are set up the rest of the process is quite easy. Each user simply needs to calibrate their phone with the sensor network and create preferences for each room. In addition to setting general preferences such as thermostat temperature, you can also create time-specific preferences for different times of the day.

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We tried out RoomMe for ourselves a few days before CES. When we walked into a room with a master user, the lights dimmed to a light blue while the thermostat turned down to a chilly 65 degrees. We then tried RoomMe with multiple users in a room and found everything worked flawlessly.

RoomMe should begin shipping by the end of March. You’ll need to buy at least two sensors to get started, though you’ll probably want to pick one up for each room to fully automate your house. Pricing has yet to be announced, though a representative told PCMag the sensors will likely be around $ 70.

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