find here a small journey / report about something that happened lately:
Who am I?
my name is Markus, i’m located in Frankfurt Germany and i’m 31 years old.
I’m happy to see you all around here. Some of you might even recognize me (or my Profile) from other Activities (e.g. NEEO) or somewhere else. I was pointed from @Nklerk to this Project back when it was a signle Topic on the Home Automation Forum, since the first days i spyed in there here and there and had low interest, as i had a (more or less) good working remote at home.
Then the 4th of February was there, i already had a trip to ISE2019 (Amsterdam) planned to visit the new booth of the Company (second visit) and “the biggest news to share since inception” was posted. I was absolutly shocked, didn’t know where my journey will end. But as some of you may also know, i had put much time into these Remote and also was a Beta Tester and reported many Issues, where on the community to help (nearly) each day.
On the Trade Show there was a hard landign as nowwhere a NEEO was available (only small paper prints on the Control4 booth).
It was not only me, that had a “good” talking about what can happen with the remote, but there never was anything. Since then silence, so it went more and more Important to find soemthing else.
As i don’t like the Logitech plastic remotes and the limitation their system provides (e.g. limit of controlable devices) i was sure not to go for them when i see something else and i remembered the project from @marton.
I then invested more time to his V2 of the remote he self has designed, created and currently is doing.
You may have noticed this in the Forum here, on the Social Media Platforms or over at Discord, if not, and you like to search in the Past, feel free to do so.
Behind the Scenes
A few weeks ago, @marton was asking me a Question: (Private Conversation at 03.07.2019)
“Would you be interested in playing around with it for a couple of days and then send it back? ”
I was proud and also honored that he even considered this, so i had to say Yes.
Then he discovered a small issue with the loader IC and a first delay was happening, but i already know that this can allways happen. Didn’t thought about it for a while but was going deeper down the rabbit hole with him and support him and the Project whereever possible.
Then the 11th August happened and i was asked for my Shipping Address, i did overhand it to him and a few days later (16th August) there was a little package delivered to me.
In that package i found a lot of (and yes, a lot of ) bubble wrap and inside i was able to recover a pre build version of the Dock and the Remote
The YIO remote
What should i say (not much words to find):
- Outside finish is absolutly superb, there is no quality difference compared to the N**O
- Inside finish is Open Source, simple and everybody can contribute
- First Impression was absolutly amazing
- Software GUI looks great, there are some tweaks that needs fine tuning, but i’m more then happy
- setting everything up was already a easy way to do, when used with Home assistant, we currently work together to make it even more easier then it allready is.
- i will try to make it available for Homey smart Home solution as well
- will provide more details about the remote / Pictures when i find the time to do so (planned next week)
- What @marton has brought to live here and how nice it works within just this couple of moments, can’t be a bad product. He even managed to get things working, that not even a other company managed to get working after endless bug bountys and reports
@marton I’m proud to be choosen and was able to held it in my hands and use it actually. There is still a path to go and hopefully i will be able to stay with you on this path and see the product evolve and spread out to all of the other people that would like to use such a remote, thank’s again for taking your private time, money and ideas and build such an great start.
I hope that there will be more and more people involved and the project will not end and brings out a superb Smart Home Solution for all different situations.
I will try to post more, answere all your questions or provide some more Pictures over at all different Social Media Locations soon.
On the Weekend i will not have much time to do so, but for the next week there is more to come!
Feel free to ask, point on me or whatever.
Remark: I didn’t pay for the remote, i will not be the owner of the remote, i was talking in private conversations with marton but there was no secret contract or anything that formed pressure towards him to send this one to me