Soon, you can build your own Google-controlled smart home.
At, Berlin’s annual tech showcase, Z-Wave is showing off a module that will allow you to upgrade your smart home with voice controls through the . Soon, if you have a Raspberry Mini Computer, a Western Digital MyCloud Smart Home System, or a Popp Hub Control Center, you’ll be able to control synced devices with a voice command to your or .
Z-Wave allows accessories to talk to each other and to the cloud without using much energy — so small devices can survive for awhile without expending much battery life. Z-way is software that will enable devices that use Z-Wave to respond to Google.
You could already control quite a few smart home products with the Google Assistant — the search giant’s digital assistant akin to or . The Z-Way firmware built into the hubs listed above should allow you expanded access to smaller accessories like sensors and plugs without needing to invest in a big-name smart home platform such as .
Google’s working on expanding the number of devices with the Google Assistant built-in at IFA (the company just announced), while Z-Wave is working on helping you use the Assistant to control more of your home. Z-Way already works with , so a DIY smart home is becoming ever easier to control with your voice.