Terncy, the Shanghai smart home device manufacturer has had HomeKit support listed for a range of products for quite a while on their website, but they have yet to have been released in North America. This has changed this week, with several of the company’s products becoming available for shipping on Amazon for customers in the United States. While the previously mentioned smart dial is not one of the products available as of yet, there is still plenty to be excited for due to their competitive pricing. However, it should be noted that Terncy’s Home Center gateway is required for HomeKit compatibility as their products utilize Zigbee for their wireless connectivity.
The Terncy Home Center is currently listed for $65 on Amazon and features support for not just HomeKit, but also with Alexa and the Google Assistant. The bridge communicates up to 100 devices using the Zigbee 3.0 protocol, which could also potentially sync with other devices from other brands that use the same connection method.
The Terncy Door Sensor is, as you would expect, a magnetic contact sensor that can be attached to doors and windows. Like the Fibaro door and window sensor, Terncy’s unit also measures the temperature of the room that it is installed in. The door sensor is listed at $26.99.
Terncy’s Smart Light Socket is a compact adapter that allows owners to add some smarts to an existing A19/E26 light bulb. Unfortunately, this device is listed at a baffling price of $26.99, which is well above the cost of most smart bulbs currently on the market, so we question the appeal of the product.
The most interesting product available is the Terncy Awareness Switch. Retailing for $36, this product looks like a jack of all trades that could easily take the place of several devices. The all white round switch features a button in the center which can be used to toggle HomeKit devices, and has 3 programmable click actions. The Awareness Switch also includes motion detection, which allows the device to trigger other devices when action is sensed. Up next are light measurement sensors are also included, which allow scenes or lights to be adjusted based on the time of day. Finally, temperature monitoring is provided, as well as “intrusion detection” which may be an audible/visual alarm, although we cannot confirm this functionality at this time.
What do you think of the newly available offerings from Terncy? Are the prices competitive enough to give the company a shot? Which device is the most appealing? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter, @HomeKit_Hero.