The transition of the sensible lighting model previously often called C by GE is full. Starting on 8 June, the new Cync app drops as GE says goodbye to its General Electric roots and embraces its new homeowners, Savant.
Cync is celebrating the rebirth by launching an bold new line of sensible dwelling merchandise alongside a totally revamped app.
The new Cync line-up includes a Cync Indoor Camera, a Cync Fan Speed Smart Switch, a Cync full-color outdoor floodlight, and a Cync Outdoor Smart Plug.
These merchandise be part of the present C by GE sensible bulbs and C by GE sensible switches, that are being rebranded as Cync. All the earlier C by GE merchandise will work with the new line and can transition to the new app robotically.
The digicam is the companyâs first foray right into a non-lighting product in its 130-year historical past and marks the start of its ambitions to develop into an entire sensible dwelling ecosystem.
âWeâre constructing an ecosystem, weâll have one app for the entire dwelling,â Paul Williams, GM of Product Management & Growth at Cync tells The Ambient. âWeâll have a HVAC product later this 12 months and are additionally wanting on the security and safety area.â
In addition, Williams advised The Ambient that Cync is taking a look at partnerships and integrations with different merchandise to attain that entire dwelling purpose. “There are some areas where it makes sense to use the expertise of other companies,” he stated.
Currently, Cync merchandise work with Alexa and Google Assistant and Williams says HomeKit integration is coming later this 12 months. HomeKit compatibility will not require a separate hub or further bridge system, he confirmed.
The Cync line is sticking with its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mesh connectivity protocols, and whereas the corporate is a part of the CHiP/Matter group, Williams says they’re ânonetheless attempting to determine the path weâll take with that.â
Cync launches with an all-new app
This renewed deal with the entire sensible dwelling goes hand-in-hand with the launch of the companyâs new app. The Ambient obtained entry to an early model of the app and our first impressions are very favorable.
Featuring controls much like the superior sensible dwelling choices of its dad or mum firm Savant, a pacesetter within the high-end dwelling automation, the Cync app is a ground-up rebuild.
Gone is the clunky UI that plagued C by GE’s sturdy and cheap sensible lighting system and instead is a smooth, absurdly easy interface that places your controls entrance and middle and does away with any branding or pointless fluff.
There are a pair actually cool options right here too, once more courtesy of the Savant connection.
TrueImage is an AR-style take a look at your lighting, that allows you to see what it appears to be like like wherever you’re. Snap an image of the bulb within the fixture, or your entire room, after which whenever you go to that gentle or room within the app the image reveals you the present state of the sunshine.
For instance, in case you change the lighting to purple within the app, the sunshine within the image additionally modifications to purple. This provides some a lot wanted context to sensible dwelling management â permitting you to see in digital actual time what your room appears to be like like.
The Fast Capture characteristic is a large time saver and one thing we’re shocked extra lighting apps donât do. Simply set the lighting in your room precisely the way you need it for a sure time of day or temper, then faucet a button within the app to seize these settings as a Scene.
Other options within the app embrace a simple swipe proper on a lightweight or group of lights to regulate shade or brightness. You may also schedule Scenes to return on and off by time of day (no sundown or dawn scheduling, but).
We did encounter one characteristic/bug we weren’t eager on. If any gentle in your Scene is disconnected the whole Scene won’t run. You can also’t take away that gentle from the Scene till it is reconnected.
It’s additionally not simple to rapidly edit schedules on your Scene – you need to undergo the entire course of of making the Scene. Similarly, fundamental automations aren’t very sturdy but, for instance you’ll be able to’t set a schedule for a single gentle, you need to construct a complete Scene to try this.
The new app has been rolling out to present customers this previous week and can launch to new customers on June 8. All your current C by GE merchandise will work within the new Cync app and your rooms and scenes will switch over robotically. Also, as a bonus there’s lastly an iPad app. If for any motive you want to stick with the legacy app that is an choice.
New merchandise embrace digicam, outdoor plug
The Cync Cam launches 8 June
Cync’s first foray into dwelling safety is the Cync Cam, a sensible dwelling safety digicam. The most noteworthy characteristic of this compact, wired, full HD indoor cam is a bodily privateness shutter you’ll be able to push as much as disable each the lens and the microphone. There’s an in-app privateness swap, too.
Costing $69.99, it options superior movement detection, evening imaginative and prescient, two-way audio, and native storage. Or you’ll be able to pay for cloud storage for $3 a month / $30 a 12 months per digicam. We’re at the moment testing the Cync Cam and could have a evaluate shortly. It goes on sale 8 June.
Also obtainable 8 June is Cync’s new outdoor sensible plug. Priced at $29.99 that is the corporate’s first outdoor product and can be utilized to regulate string lights, water pumps, followers, and different outdoor devices.
With two independently controllable shops, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-controlled plug is rated IP64 and 120v with a most load of 15 amps.
You can management the plug by means of the app, with voice with Alexa and the Google Assistant or bodily on the system.
Expanding Cync’s sensible swap line – which at the moment contains wire free and wired sensible switches – is the new Cync Fan Speed Smart Switch.
This helps you to management ceiling followers from the app, the place you’ll be able to add it to Scenes and put it on a schedule, or management its 4 speeds with your voice. The firm can be launching a full-color, outdoor floodlight.
Both merchandise are coming this summer season, no pricing is offered but.
See all of Cync’s merchandise at gelighting.com.