SOURCE: Link-Union


November 05, 2014 10:00 ET

New link-U Hybrid IP Camera Doubles as Smart Home Hub

Bluetooth 4.0 LE Interface to Serve as Hub for Connected Home; Allows Easy, Effective Home Monitoring From Smartphones and Tablets

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2014) - Using a simple to install, affordable IP camera as a hub for your connected home? Now, that's smart. More and more people are embracing the idea of remotely controlling or programming an array of automated home electronic devices -- and there are more gadgets than ever to manage. According to BI Intelligence, there are 1.9 billion such devices today, and there will be 9 billion that can be integrated into the smart home by 2018 -- many (if not most) of which will use low-energy Bluetooth® 4.0 (BTLE). That's a lot of components. How do you connect all of these machines talking to machines to your home network and start reaping the benefits of a connected, smart home? Typically, the more devices you have, the more apps you need to program and control them. So why not have one smart home hub? Available for pre-order on Indiegogo, the link-U® Hybrid SmartCam provides all this and more.

Hybrid Connectivity: Anything but Typical
Bringing together connected devices that make the smart home smart is the new link-U Hybrid SmartCam by Link-Union. A video monitoring camera with first-of-its-kind patent pending hybrid technology, link-U connects you to your home using your smartphone or tablet.

link-U is different from other IP cameras on the market. It intuitively -- and automatically -- uses either LAN (home network) or its internal 3G/4G modem for easy, 24/7 access without complicated setup. Hybrid also means that link-U comes with two sources of power: standard Power over Ethernet and a backup 8-hour battery.

In addition to serving as a home monitoring system that lets you keep an eye on things while you're away, you can use link-U to intelligently manage devices such as carbon monoxide and fire detectors, window intrusion alarms, remote locks for doors and garages, and light fixtures. link-U's use of BTLE makes it the perfect hub to easily manage many of the smart devices in your home. Nearly every smartphone in production today contains a Bluetooth radio, and the standard profiles used by Bluetooth make connecting with the network of BTLE-enabled devices in your home an almost automatic process.

Connect. Control.
Many smart home devices run off of BTLE -- meaning these low-energy devices usually contain a battery that will last a very long time. link-U enables you to manage these devices in one place and eliminates the need to work around different wireless technologies -- thanks to its internal BTLE interface. If power goes out, they will still run. With link-U's hybrid technology, the hub will also stay running on its 8-hour backup battery -- so you'll always have access to your smart home devices.

With link-U, there is no need to worry about routers, firewalls or dynamic IP addresses when trying to connect. link-U's 3G/4G and LAN connectivity options work together in harmony to ensure that you stay connected to your home -- no matter where you are.

Professional smart home installations are complex and costly -- it can cost thousands of dollars to hardwire your home for automation. link-U eliminates all of that too.

According to Founder Andy Benatti, "link-U increases your home's IQ. For example: say you invite some friends over for dinner -- but get stuck at the office and are running late. Connecting to your link-U through your smartphone, you can unlock the front door or open the garage door remotely to let them in. Once they're inside, you can use the camera to interface with them in real time -- and perhaps ask them to have a glass of wine poured and ready for you when you get home."

link-U is now available for pre-order on Indiegogo, starting at $149 for early backers. For more information, please visit:

About Link-Union
With a mission to make people closer to what they really care about, San Jose-based Link-Union builds devices that use the latest technologies to keep people connected -- no matter where they are. To learn more, visit or follow link-U on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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