Talking to yourself is usually frowned upon, but soon this might not look quite so strange as you could be talking to your house instead.
The growing Internet of Things (IoT) lets smart products talk to each other, but the Homey also allows you to talk to it – and it can talk back.
You can tell the oven to pre-heat itself, instruct the blinds to close and many more options to make your life easier and much more like the TV cartoon the Jetsons.
In return, the Homey will tell you when you should take an umbrella out and even read you your emails in the morning (if you are that way inclined).
This means it can connect with a range of existing services including Gmail, Spotify, AirPlay and products from Bose, Samsung, Philips and more.
It works by utilising eight different wireless radio modules, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, and communicates with them by voice control or by using a smartphone.
The creators are also making an app store so you get apps made by companies with compatible products.
If successful, the Homey could help to create the smarthomes of tomorrow.
The need for the ever-increasing number of smart products to be able to talk to each other – and not be tied to one brand – is a crucial hurdle that needs to be crossed for us to have intelligent homes that can work for us.
The product recently popped up on crowdfunding website Kickstarter and is trying to raise €100,000 to help with development.
Its funding pages says: “Whether you’re a businessman, student, grandparent or housewife, Homey is there for you when you need it.
“We want to get technology out of the way so you can focus on what matters most to you, and Homey takes care of the rest.”
The Homey isn’t the first device to be looking to allow you to have a conversation with your house (either verbally or through the IoT) and it faces stiff competition.
Strong rumours have emerged that Apple will announce its plans to enter the home automation market next week at its developer conference.
If Apple does enter the market it could quickly create a near-monopoly due to the number of iPhones and iPads sold in recent years.
The company’s plans were first revealed in a patent from 2012 that connects internet or Wi-Fi products in the home.
Images courtesy of Homey