SmartHomy Hybrid TV Box with DTV Tuner Triples as a Game Console & Home Automation Gateway (Crowdfunding)

SmartHomy Homy Player is a TV box running Android TV that includes an ATSC, DVB-T2/C,DVB-S2, or ISDB-T tuner, is said to be powerful enough to be used as a 3D gaming platform, and serves as a security system and home automation gateway using Z-Wave, Bluetooth, WiFi and IR blaster to control your things.

smart-homyHomy player specifications [Updated on January 19th, 2017]:

  • SoC – Amlogic S912 octa-core Cortex A53 processor with Mali T820MP3 GPU
  • System Memory – 3 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC flash
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz with HDCP 2.2, HDR, CEC
  • Audio Output – HDMI and optical S/PDIF
  • Video / Audio Capabilities – 10-bit 4K H.265 @ 60 fps, HD audio pass-through, Dolby Digital & DTS licenses
  • DRM – Widevine Level 1, Microsoft PlayReader, Netflix license
  • Digital TV Tuner – DVB-S2 (satellite), DVB-C/T/T2 (Cable/Terrestrial), ATSC, and ISDB-T
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Z-Wave (Plus 500 series)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Dimensions – 200 x 143 x 40 mm
  • Weight – 530 grams

The device ships with Homy Remote, a backlit Bluetooth 4.0 LE remote control that includes gyroscope, and allows to control the player with voice commands. Smart Homy appears to mostly targets the US markets as seen in the comparison table with some home automation solution, media players. and game console.

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It would have been a little more fair to include the non-pro version of NVIDIA Shield Android TV since the price without hard drive is also $199, and it still lacks home automation support and the tuners. While you can play games with Amlogic S912 SoC, the performance will be much lower than the NVIDIA box.

In order to maximize Z-Wave interoperability, Homy Player supports more than 50 command classes for Z-Wave devices, and the player/gateway also supports more than 70 Security Devices, including common security cameras. Configuration of home automation is allegedly simplified thanks to a “patent pending” Scene Recording System where you can easily record trigger and action using your physical devices.


SmartHomy has launched Homy Player on Indiegogo (flexible funding), where the company targets to raise $59,000 or more. A $199 pledge should get you Homy Player with the remote and an extra 64GB storage. Shipping adds $30, and delivery is scheduled for July 2017. You may also get more details on SmartHomy website.

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Winston
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Winston

“Smart Homy” – the names they come up with are hilarious.

Someone from the other side
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Someone from the other side

I initially misread it as smart horny….

Peter
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Peter

@Winston
Homy Player is the name…SmartHomy is the company. An awesome Tv Box and very cool video.

GanjaBear
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GanjaBear

They should be pitting themselves against Wetek Play 2, I believe.

Morpheos
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Morpheos

Exist today demand for tv tuners instead tv streaming?

blu
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blu

Is it me or is that comparison table actually containing arbitrarily made-up bulletpoints?

Daniel
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Daniel

Yes, you are right. These products can’t be compared. They are at a disadvantage compared with home player. Control4 is closer in features.

wesk05
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wesk05

S905-H SoC – No 10-bit output. No Netflix HDR or YouTube HDR. I guess, it will appeal the home automation crowd who are looking for an AIO box.

Josh
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Josh

I think sometimes people see the specs and straight away compare that with a similar spec’d device purchased direct from China – completely omitting the costs involved in software development and the features that development adds. From the details in their campaign, it looks like those development costs will be high. So the product is probably worth the price tag they slap on it.
The problem is (and this is just my opinion here), I think this product has a very targeted market and I don’t think Kickstarter/Indegogo are the place to raise funds for products with such niche target markets. Don’t get me wrong, I think the product is cool and when I build my fully automated mansion, this is the type of thing I’ll want to have attached to my TV… But I’m sceptical on the funding of the project.
I’ve added it to my Indegogo watchlist and will be curious to see how it pans out…

theguyuk
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theguyuk

From what I have read on Amercan cord cutting sites, the appeal of TV tuners is free to air channels without cable subscription charges.

Jocke
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Jocke

@Someone from the other side

I initially misread it as smart horny….

me too haha

Daniel
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Daniel

I think this is a very cool device to start with the “Internet of Things” without invest in additional hardware. I can use it as a normal TV Box and watch Netflix in 4K thanks to DRM licenses included…. and one day I can connect my door lock or my WIFI cameras. Their Scene Recording system is that I need for my parents, very easy! No more phone calls from my parents to automate their home.

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+1 for fake Jonathan Ive impersonation!

Stane1983
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@Daniel
Control4 is awfully expensive (I’m talking about Europe) and afaik they only support Zigbee protocol and also works only with their own hardware (at least it was the case when I was testing it cpl years ago). Also theres some weird licensing model. By that I mean when your project is done, its basically it, you can’t modify it by yourself unless you’re their distributor and/or have license for their (idk what’s software name)… So, I give thumbs down for Control4 🙂

George
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George

Looks very luxurious and powerful, the video voice over is stunning

jqpabc123
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@Morpheos

I believe that is a substantial market for a decent box with *unified* streaming and TV Tuner — but WeTek is doing everything possible to kill it. WeTek hardware may be OK but their software is atrocious — pre-beta quality in my opinion. I have a Play 2 with ATSC tuner that I would like to sell on eBay but I am reluctant to foist the issues onto an unsuspecting buyer.

About 20 channels are broadcast for free in my area. I would gladly pay for a *working* box with one remote to access these channels plus streaming at the same time.

Eric
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Eric

@Daniel
You want your security connected to game & video box? Maybe a dedicated security box could be secure while connected to internet, but not and arbitrary collection of softwares running in box with security apps too.
Or you could just never lock your doors, never PWD your files.

George
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George

@jqpabc123
+1 Wetek makes harakiri with their software. We hope SmartHomy put big efforts to make better software. Demo video looks very cool and official Android TV it’s a big improvement, also blazing fast.

Malcom
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Malcom

@Eric
Android can run programs (games) and services. Security and home automation are services, not apps, same as the email. Services can run even if the UI is frozen.

Peter
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Peter

Homy Player makes the ShieldTV look like a cheap box. As TV Box a bit expensive but with entry-level price as a decent home controller. Very cool the z-wave scene recording feature.

Iker
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Iker

Rare model. I like the remote for casual gaming

Mr Netflixer
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Mr Netflixer

The $200 – 2017 nVIDIA Shield running Android Nougat with inbound DVR + Tuner support plus Google’s, always listening (Voice) Assist onboard will likely slaughter all the rest once it matures. Particularly at its price point.

With the Shield running a ARMv8 ARM Cortex-A57 quad-core + ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core (64-bit) CPU & a 1000MHz 256:16:16 Core Maxwell GPU, this AMLogic S905 equipped Homy Player looks handicapped even before it gets out of the gate.

I know for a fact that AMLogic’s version of Android Marshmallow running on a similar 2GB AMLogic S905X Android TV – Xiaomi Mi Box needs a bunch of work put into it to bring it up to speed compared to nVIDIA’s Android offering.

Android OS and Firmware maturity is everything in the Android Media player marketplace.

Combine this with nVIDIA SPOT remote Mic’s and all sorts Home Automation will be able to be activated from any room in the house.

When does this nVIDIA Shield update arrive – mid January 2017. ie in a weeks time.

Oh and the $69 Xiaomi Mi Box, I’ve been told will get Google Voice Assist as well.

Iker
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Mr Netflixer :
The $200 – 2017 nVIDIA Shield running Android Nougat with inbound DVR + Tuner support plus Google’s, always listening (Voice) Assist onboard will likely slaughter all the rest once it matures. Particularly at its price point.
With the Shield running a ARMv8 ARM Cortex-A57 quad-core + ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core (64-bit) CPU & a 1000MHz 256:16:16 Core Maxwell GPU, this AMLogic S905 equipped Homy Player looks handicapped even before it gets out of the gate.
I know for a fact that AMLogic’s version of Android Marshmallow running on a similar 2GB AMLogic S905X Android TV – Xiaomi Mi Box needs a bunch of work put into it to bring it up to speed compared to nVIDIA’s Android offering.
Android OS and Firmware maturity is everything in the Android Media player marketplace.
Combine this with nVIDIA SPOT remote Mic’s and all sorts Home Automation will be able to be activated from any room in the house.
When does this nVIDIA Shield update arrive – mid January 2017. ie in a weeks time.
Oh and the $69 Xiaomi Mi Box, I’ve been told will get Google Voice Assist as well.

Incredible that geeks with a limited budget have made a device (Homy Player) that makes nervous to STV customers and a multimillion dollar company like nVidia. Looks like they were waiting for the nVidia announcement because they will update the CPU to an Octa-core S912, audio 7.1, HDR, 32GB internal storage and already the z-wave controller runs in a separate module with Linux.

Since this player was not designed to compete directly with nVidia but with Control4 (that is a real “all in one device for home automation”) and not like the desperate attempt of nVidia at CES “attaching dongles” (tv tuner and SmartThings) to supply functions that they can’t do, all comments here are a compliment to smarthomy’s guys.

We hope one-day nVidia can add real support for TV tuners and IoT by itself and not third party dongles.

STV 2017 is the same as first generation with more storage and updated function by Google OS + some API integrations. Same flower with a different smell (you know what I mean).

Congratulations from Germany 😉

jmh2002
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jmh2002

Interesting, thanks.