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So you have a Google TV, but you want to use it for something other than watching TV. We understand - we are an Android blog dedicated to telling you how to do just about anything but place a call using your smartphone, after all. So I present to you the Enblink, a Chromecast-sized dongle that also plugs into your TV, giving it wireless control over your home's lighting and other existing devices.

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If it's important for you to keep your TV apps centered around traditional tasks, think of the Enblink as an extension of your home theater setup. When a movie starts, the person holding the remote can dim the lights without having to leave the comfort of their couch. Now if only it could pop our popcorn for us and douse it with copious amounts of butter.

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Enblink's functionality isn't anchored to the TV, as users can also control over lighting using their smartphones or tablets and control them from anywhere. While it may not be necessary to toggle the lights all that often when you're away from home, it sure is handy if you remembered you left the living room lamp on an hour into a family vacation. That said, you will still have to return to your TV to manage which devices have access.

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Unlike the Chromecast, the Enblink plugs into a USB port, so you won't have to make your various game consoles and Blu-Ray players arm wrestle to decide who gets to remain plugged into an HDMI port. And if controlling lighting just isn't exciting enough, Enblink can also connect to other third-party devices already stocked on store shelves. Trigger power outlets and security sensors with the same convenience as lights.

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The Enblink launches next month, but you can pre-order one now for $85.

Enblink connects to your Google TV and lets you control the devices in your living room and around the house

Enblink is a team of engineers and product people that believe in the fully connected home. Enblink plugs into any Google TV unit and lets you control lighting and other real world devices using a phone or tablet.

August 26, 2013 -- Enblink brings new functionality to the Google TV, and it allows users to control lighting and other real world devices in the living room and throughout the house. Installation takes only a few minutes.

Enblink works with add-on Google TV units, like the Asus Cube, as well as with built-in Google TV units. The user simply plugs Enblink into an available USB port on their Google TV unit and uses the free mobile app to connect to lighting, security, or climate control devices for the first time. From there, users can stay connected wherever they take their mobile device.

Pre-packed bundles are available to help users get started with a basic lighting control or security solution. They simply work right out of the box.

“Google TV already lets you manage tons of content from around the web,” said Jake Yoon, CEO of Enblink. “Now, we are taking that a step further and leveraging this platform to allow users to manage the devices in their living rooms and throughout the home.”

Because it uses Z-Wave to talk to other devices, Enblink also works with hundreds of products by leading manufacturers. Currently, there are more than 700 certified Z-Wave devices to help users manage lighting, security, and climate control devices in the home.

Users can also connect popular models of IP cameras to Enblink and securely access live video streams from the mobile app. No subscription is required for the basic video streaming service, and users have the option to select a premium plan to keep a closer eye on things at home.

Enblink retails for just $85 and is available for preorder at www.enblink.com. It will ship to preorder customers in approximately 30 - 45 days.

Source: Enblink

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Except unlike Chromecast, this only works on a few select TV's that most people probably don't have.

  • Erstam

    But my x10 wireless system can do this and more. Like turn on the ac as I'm leaving work. And I think it's cheaper. But still coil gtv gets something.

    • CoreRooted

      Except X10 relies heavily on clean electrical lines and it's well over 30 years old. For people with apartments/condos/etc that are older and can't having the wiring upgraded easily, X10 is a nightmare. I tried it a few years ago in my old apartment and it was inconsistent at best. I think switched over to Z-Wave and had zero problems after that.

  • Vladimir

    Is there a home automation system similar to this but without Google TV?
    Why Google TV???

    • HeCareth

      Yes 2GIG

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    This sounds really cool. So if I get this straight pretty much your Google TV becomes the center of your home's automation. A few questions though...

    Does it work on both newer and older Google TV's? (ARM vs Intel)

    If I have this plugged into my LG Google TV (55GA7900) in the Living Room can I also control it from my older Sony Google TV (NSX40GT1) from the Bedroom?

    Will they be adding support for more products for example Lockitron?

    • Sinistar83

      I have the same GTV 55GA7900 and was thinking about pre-ordering this Enblink as well as it sounds pretty cool.. I also have a Nest (generation 1) but my understanding from the article and their website is it will only work if the product is compatible with Z-Wave. I checked on community forums on Nest.com and it looks like the Nest does not have Z-Wave. I'm not sure if it can be added via firmware or if it's an actual chip on the device?

      Also would you have to leave your TV on all the time to use this?

  • HeCareth

    Interesting I currently have a 2GIG Alarm system controlling my thermostats, door locks, and some light switches in my house using zwave. I wonder if I could add this to my system as a secondary controller.

  • Perv Bear

    This is cool for the 5 people who own a Google TV.... I'm just kidding.... 50 people.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      I'm one of them 50, and couldn't be happier with it... :p

    • CoreRooted

      As I am. Love my GTV.

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