It's been a while! Read what we've been up to with Skylark, and see what we've got planned for the near future.
UPDATE (5/11/2015): Our beta program has begun and is no longer accepting new members. We hope to have honeywell functionality released to the public this month. Please stay tuned for further announcements!
When we started Skylark over a year ago, our goal was to add the sorely missed support for setting your Nest learning thermostat to home or away based on your location. With the help of our community, we've accomplished this in a reliable, automated manner.
WHY ADD HONEYWELL SUPPORT?
The more we personally used Skylark with our Nest thermostats, the more we realized that Skylark eliminates the need of the Nest learning technologies. For instance, we don't need Nest to learn our schedule (if that's even possible to do with our anti-schedules) when Skylark can definitively inform it when we are actually home or away. We don't need auto-away either. In fact, the limitations of auto-away may have been the reason we realized we needed Skylark in the first place.
For the household that wishes to purchase a location-aware (geofence supported) thermostat, it seems peculiar to buy a Nest when most of the unique features of the Nest will go unused once Skylark is enabled, right?
With this in mind, we are expanding Skylark to work with lower-cost Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, like this Honeywell Wi-Fi 7 Day Programmable Thermostat. We've conducted internal testing for the last month and have found that combining the Honeywell thermostat with Skylark is an outstanding lower-cost solution.
JOIN OUR BETA
Starting today, we're opening our closed group Honeywell beta program. We're eager to get interested households on board to test the product at a larger scale before releasing to the public.
Are you interested? We have a few requirements:
- You have a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat other than the Lyric.
Actually, that's it! If you're interested in participating, please contact us and let us know that you'd like to be a part of our Honeywell beta program.
We expect to have Honeywell integration publicly available by April or May 2015, so stay tuned!
We released Skylark 3.0 this month and wanted to take a moment to share all of the great new features included in this release. This is our biggest update yet with unique features most requested by our awesome customers, including Guest Mode, Swipe-to-Undo, and WiFi Home Lock!
Skylark works great when your entire household has it running on their devices, but what about those times when you have a visitor such as a baby sitter, out-of-town friend, or mother-in-law hanging around? Guest Mode allows you to prevent Skylark from updating your Nest thermostat until a time and date you define. This will keep your house warm (or cool) even though the permanent residents are out and about.
Until iPhones are able to read our minds (that can't be too far away), Skylark is forced to make a couple of assumptions about your home or away-ness based upon regions. For the most part, this works just great... until it doesn't. A short walk around the neighborhood, a stop at a local market on the way home, or realizing your friend is still hanging out on your couch while you stepped out, all could result in your Nest being set to Home or Away inappropriately. With Swipe-to-Undo, you simply left-swipe the Skylark home/away notification from your Lock Screen and tap 'Undo', and viola, you are back to your previous setting. You don't even have to unlock your phone!
WiFI HOME LOCK
Region-based monitoring isn't perfect and sometimes, in certain geographies, the phone will tell Skylark that you left home when you haven't even moved (arrrgg!!). For those customers that have this problem, WiFi Home Lock lets you easily select your home WiFi network so that whenever you are connected to it, Skylark will never set you to away.
We gave the Skylark home screen a little facelift with a new Menu button with easy access to Settings, Guest Mode, and Feedback & Support. We've also improved the way Skylark let's you know if there is a problem with sending an update to our server right from the home screen. And for those missing the "Edit" button in the Registered Devices screen, we went ahead and added that :)
Lots of little bug fixes and optimizations, including the way notifications are presented and handled.
Keep the feedback coming: we're listening! If you have any problems with Skylark whatsoever let us know, we are here to help!