Smart devices are everywhere you go. You’ll notice things like smartwatches or smart home hubs are now part of daily life. The versatile Orro switch is one of those devices that’s aiming high in the business.
Orro starts as a smart lighting system, then adds on other features that typically come with smart home hubs. While there are many pros to Orro, some say it’s still very new and needs to work out the problems before they can buy. Either way, Orro is making a statement with its extensive features and design.
Orro has a simple design that’s easy to install. Customers don’t need to worry about programming either as Orro learns based on behavior and preferences.
The system can also automatically change the lighting with its motion sensors, meaning no pressing of buttons or commands are necessary. However, you can still control it in the traditional hands-on way. You can also opt for the app to control it or through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands.
Along with lighting, Orro also operates as a thermostat, intercom, doorbell and more.
Two other nifty features are its Wi-Fi capabilities and direct connection with customer service. You can contact help right from the screen should you have any questions. This is quite the time saver.
Though Orro doesn’t have the full range of tools that smart hubs do, it is compatible with other systems. It can integrate with Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
Orro creators announced they are planning to integrate a camera into the doorbell function. In the meantime, though, customers can use a system like August Home to have full doorbell sound and video functions.
Orro starts at $199 for one switch. Depending on how much you want to invest in your light or hub system, Orro lands relatively in the middle, price wise.
Some point out that the system is expensive since it doesn’t have the full capabilities other hubs do. Others highlight, though, that this may be a bargain. This is a smart light switch, so it does go above and beyond what some other smart light switches offer.
Orro is an advanced system that’s right on par with artificial intelligence (AI) innovations. As the new age of AI and Internet of Things (IoT) surrounds us, we should expect that our networks and systems will integrate this technology.
Orro does well with doing just that. It uses AI to learn your preferences and behaviors. When you change the lighting based on time of day or natural lighting, the system adapts to those preferences.
Wireless technology like this is no doubt the future. Every day we get closer to new wireless network innovations that can revolutionize the way we live. Orro’s AI could signify what’s to come.
Reviews and Buzz
Overall, reviewers and users tend to agree that Orro is worth the price and can transform your home. However, some point out the improvements needed in order to get them to invest.
Orro has an app, but not for Android devices. You’ll need the app for installation, so Android users must find an Apple iOS device to use for this part. However, Orro says an Android app is coming.
Additionally, some see the price as a reason not to buy and prefer hubs that have more features and integrations.
Should You Buy It?
Orro certainly has potential. But whether you want to invest is up to you.
If you’re looking for a middle ground between regular smart light switches and home hubs, Orro could make for the perfect system. If you’re looking for something more advanced or simpler, then you might want to research other options or take a look at the Brilliant system.
Keep in mind that Orro is new. While this means it still has problems to work out, it also shows its connection with the newest technology. And smart home technology will only advance more in the years to come.
Regardless, Orro is an impressive product that lays the groundwork for updates, improvements, and beyond.
Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and productivity blogger. She is a senior writer for MakeUseOf and the owner and editor of her tech productivity blog, Productivity Bytes. You can read more by Kayla at Inc.com, VentureBeat, DMN, and more.