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Let’s talk about what AXIS Gear will be able to integrate with. Now that you pre-ordered your Smart Home version of Gear (equipped with either ZigBee or Z-Wave), you will be able to integrate your newly motorized shades with some of your favorite connected devices.
There are two types of ways you can integrate Gear, directly and indirectly. Both ways work great, but it is important to know the differences!
At launch, Gear will be able to integrate directly with SmartThings and Logitech Harmony via ZigBee or Z-Wave. After you pair Gear with one of the previously mentioned hubs, it will show up under the motorized shades protocol. From there, you will be able to use your hub to control your shades and set schedules with more features being made available as we implement them.
Because of the development work our engineers have done (and being officially supported by each respective hub) it will be a very straightforward experience. You’ll be incorporating motorized shades with your Smart Home in no time. More direct integrations will be made available via an over-the-air update.
Once you’ve directly integrated Gear with either SmartThings or Harmony, you will be able to indirectly integrate Gear with all of the devices that are compatible with the hub. Say you have Gear and the Nest thermostat connected to your SmartThings hub, you will able to collect information from your thermostat send commands over to your window shades. The temperature reaches a high point? Have Gear lower the shades instead of having Nest increase the AC to manage the temperature in your home.
The distinction is that you are integrating Gear with Nest through the initial integration with SmartThings. If you didn’t own a SmartThings hub, the integration would not be possible (yet!). This is why we call it an indirect integration. As your hub’s integrations grow, the possible devices you can integrate with Gear does too!
Integration Possible via SmartThings
LIFX Smart Bulb
Integration Possible via Logitech Harmony
LIFX Smart Bulb