Orro Launches Super Smart Dimmer
In the world of smart homes there are smart lights, smart switches, and now there are really smart switches. The Orro smart dimmer is the first to essentially be its own tiny computer in each light switch, allowing for quick responsiveness and great reliability.
It’s quite a striking matte black design, with the dimmer integrated as a touchscreen toggle. It doesn’t appear overly bulky, like many smart dimmers tend to be, which will be good for fitting it into a double gang box for example. I hope they also come out with a matte white version, because as edgy and futuristic as it appears in the press photos, I know that it would stick out like a sore thumb in my neutral colored walls.
The Orro senses motion, sound, proximity, and light, so each switch can understand what’s going on in the room it’s in.
Orro is proclaiming to learn from each interaction, so over time it will learn the usage patterns in each room.
In theory this sounds fantastic; isn’t it the dream of each smart home owner to walk into a room and have your room illuminate to exact brightness that you want, and then turn off when you leave. Of course, many have accomplished that with various sensors and custom automations, but all of those require a lot of time and effort to set up, something Orro plans to eliminate.
Orro mimics nature by adjusting the brightness of the lights throughout the day, easing you into the morning, and preparing you for sleep, promoting a healthier balance of your lighting and circadian rhythm.
And what would any smart device be without AI integration; Orro is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant (no Siri, sorry HomeKit fans), so you can keep using your benevolent AI overlords to control your smart home.
While Orro doesn’t rely on WiFi to work, it does rely on it to communicate with Alexa or Google Assistant and use the mobile app for out of home control.
This is somewhat of a double edged swords; it’s great that the brains of the switch are self-contained so they will always work, but if you wanted several of these in your house, it may congest your WiFi a bit (a common issue with WiFi based smart home devices).
Currently it is only available as a single switch, with multi-gang and multiway switches coming soon. It does require a neutral wire, so if you don’t have a neutral wired in your home you’re out of luck for now. It will set you back $199 on their site, and it ships immediately.