There’s been an interesting development come in the last month or so in which our manufacturer came to us with an opportunity to develop a Z-Wave scene controller and we’ve officially kicked off a project with them. Project Rock Out.
@Nathan_Inovelli will be leading this one, but I’ll at least get it out in the open for discussion.
NOTE: We’re still working on the remotes (BFF) and Fan (Windy City) – this one happens to be a special project with the manufacturer, so they’re passing this one through R&D quicker for us.
- DATES & FUNCTIONS ARE NOT SET IN STONE: Just a reminder that all dates and functions are sometimes fluid. We have to make choices based on feasibility, opportunity costs, and overall timeline. I will be as transparent as possible on these decisions, but just a heads up, they may not always be exciting.
- NO IDEA IS A BAD IDEA: Ok, some are, but honestly throw out anything that you can think of. If we use your idea, we’ll credit you and send you a free device, so take that shot!
- VERSION 1 VS VERSION 2: Some ideas may be fantastic, but may not make the cut for the first version of the product. Once the product is locked in from a function standpoint, we’ll keep a tally of V2 ideas and then once the product is produced, we’ll move the ideas over to the Suggestions & Wishlist section.
Ok, let’s get this party started!
The purpose of this project is to give people more of what they’ve been waiting for. This has been something that we’ve wanted to produce for a while and has been requested a ton from the Z-Wave Community. So, with the manufacturer coming to us with an opportunity to co-develop something with them, we’re excited to bring to market a Z-Wave Scene Controller Dimmer Switch.
Project Name - Rock Out
Nathan can give you the reason why he chose this name!
Rock Out - Hardware Requirements
Here are the initial hardware asks we came up with. Pretty decent start!
Hardware - Initial Mockup
Hardware - 5-Button Scene Switch (Look / Feel)
- Push Buttons (3-Scene Buttons, 2 Dimmer Buttons): Top 3 buttons will be able to activate scenes, bottom 2 buttons will turn your load on/off/dim (and will also have scene capability)
- RGB LED Bars: There will be three (3) LED Bars that will show what scene is activated (on/off) and also show which specific scene has been activated (the LED Bar can change colors based on the scene)
- Decals: TBD (we’re trying to figure this out) – the switch may come blank and then there will be an ability to send in for etching. Or maybe the default will have stickers and then you can purchase the etching separately. More to come.
- Colors: fan switch will be offered in white, but the paddle should be able to be replaced to change colors (almond, light almond, brown, red, black, grey, etc)
Hardware - Features & Capabilities
- 700 Series Z-Wave Plus: switch should be powered by Z-Wave
- Z-Wave Long Range Feature: https://z-wavealliance.org/z-wave-alliance-announces-new-z-wave-long-range-specification/
- Power Monitoring: Should measure power consumption for load
- Z-Wave Distance Estimator: LED lights will light up red if not in range, or green if in range
- CFL & LED Compatibility
- Max Wattage & Amperage: 500W (Incandescent) & 300W (LED/CFL) for bulbs
- Neutral & Non-Neutral Compatibility: Switch should be able to work with a neutral or without
Rock Out - Software Requirements
Below is what we came up with for the software requirements. It’s going to be one insane switch!
- Z-Wave Scene Control: 12 scenes (4x scenes per scene buttons) + Additional scenes for the bottom 2 buttons to set favorite levels (ie: 2x tap to set to 50%, 3x tap to 75%) – this can be disabled to create, “instant on”
Notifications via RGB Bars: RGBW Bars should be able to change colors based on events set up by customer (ie: if window sensor is opened, RGBW bar changes to red)
- User can choose to sync the bars or have them show separate notifications
- RGB Bars Config: bar should be able to change colors and also dimmed to the customers favorite level
- Auto Timer: switch should have a timer that shuts the switch off after a certain amount of time
Easy Config: switch should be able to be configured via the switch. This will also have the ability to be locked (so it cannot be tampered with)
- There should be infinite customization via parameters in the firmware, but also set customizations for HUB’s that do not allow parameter changes (ie: Wink)
- Internal Relay Disable: internal relay should be able to be disabled locally and via Z-Wave
- Set Min/Max Level: minimum dim level / maximum dim level (for lights & fan)
- Ramp Rate Configuration: ability to change how fast/slow light turns on
- Ramp rate & instant on/off separated
- Default Dim Level (for lights): ability to set the default dim level
- OTA Ready: ability to update firmware via OTA
- Associations switch should be able to be associated to other Z-Wave devices
Ah, everyone’s favorite part. When is this flippin thing going to be released? Great question – here’s the high-level of what happens leading up to the first release of the timeline:
1. We present a PRD (Project Request Document) that has all of the above info in it DONE
2. R&D (manufacturer) analyzes the PRD and we go back and forth until we can align on 90% of the product IN PROGRESS
3. Initial Timeline is released and remaining 10% of product features are added/cut along the way
Again, just want to throw this out there – I don’t have a crystal ball so I can’t predict things that come up along the way. Trust me when I say we’re trying our best to get things launched on time.
Pre-Initial Timeline Milestones:
Nathan to fill in. We’re targeting Q1 2021.