Berlin based App developer, nxtbgthng, has recently provided a teaser image via Twitter for their upcoming App, Wallflower. The App, which is scheduled to be released at the end of this month is unique in that it was designed for use with iPads (or other iOS devices) that are mounted on a wall. While certainly a niche market, the idea of having a wall mounted device has seemingly risen in popularity over the past few months with many users on r/HomeKit showing off their set ups, and mounts have been available for years, although their usefulness will truly vary by person. Of course, an actual wall mount is not required, and just having an iPad on a stand could make it function as a Google Home Hub style device with the App.
While details are scarce, the teaser image shows off a clean modern design, and is dense with many sources of information. HomeKit support looks to come in the form of sensor readings, with air quality, temperature, and humidity levels displayed via numerical representations as well as with a graph. Adjustments to devices, such as a thermostat’s temperature look to be accomplished via a familiar sliding toggle as shown off via an “in development” screenshot shared on the developer’s website.
Other sources of information, such as an analog clock, are also shown off, and the developer hints that having a wall mounted iPad can act as much “more than home control“. The additional functionality in this case will be added via “extensions” that will come over time, but no specific examples have been shared. Exact pricing has also yet to be shared, but the developer does state that the App will rely on subscriptions in order to fund the development of the aforementioned extensions.
Since the App is designed to be displayed in high traffic areas, the developer is also keen to mention that their App “respects your privacy” and it features “no tracking” and “no invasive 3rd party frameworks”. This should help to ease some fears about having an always on device with a camera placed around eye level around the home. Finally, while there are many options out there for mounts, the company’s twitter account has recommended an option called Powerpads, which is noted as being “cheap, flexible, and invisible“.
Wallflower is scheduled to be released later this month, and supports a wide range of devices as the minimum requirement is iOS 9 (although iOS 12 is recommended). The developer touts that devices, such as the iPhone 4S, which was released way back in 2011 are supported, so it may be worth digging one out to give the App a try once it is released. We will have more details as they become available, and we are definitely excited to see just useful a wall mounted device can really be for a smart home.