iDevices, of Avon, CT, is a long way from Silicon Valley and they don't care who knows it. The connected-home-products specialists like to brag about their rural offices and brainstorming sessions at the local 50s-style diner. The Google mega-campus this isn't, but the ambitious tech firm has positioned itself in press releases as "the preeminent brand in the smart home industry," so they can't be faulted for a lack of ambition. Remember their name in case one day they become as famous as that other company that likes to put a lowercase "i" at the beginning of their product names. They already make devices that connect via Apple's Homekit technology, including light sockets, wall switches and electric outlets, so they're well on their way.
And now you can find their name on smart thermostats. The iDevices IDEV0005D5 (not a name that exactly trips off the tongue) isn't the most stylish-looking thermostat on the market, but it's flat, clean simplicity gives it the kind of charm one probably finds in rural Connecticut when the snowy season arrives. It can be controlled via Homekit, Apple's solution for operating electrical devices remotely through the iDevices Connected smartphone app, meaning that you can give it voice commands via Siri, queen of the people who don't exist but try really hard to pretend that they do. It can also be controlled through the Siri-similar Alexa, if you have an Amazon Echo in the home.
This isn't a learning thermostat, like the Nest, further evidence that iDevices isn't Google, but your own learning brain can compensate for this to some extent by keeping in touch remotely, reminding it that you're not home and that it shouldn't waste valuable energy on a house that isn't currently a home. And it compares favorably to well-known competitors like the Honeywell WiFi VisionPro 8000.
This product is good for a simple smart home application. Their remote access is in beta stage and isn't always reliable.
I love this product. I will warn you it was a bit tricky to set up, even with the instructions.
Connected to wifi in seconds and updated firmware. I was able to get mine here on Amazon for $70.
The iDevices Thermostat is a great step into home automation and smart home technology.