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WigWag's got a nifty new smart home setup (pictures)

This ambitious smart home kit shows serious potential.

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WigWag

WigWag is an intriguing smart home kit that successfully raised almost half a million dollars on Kickstarter last year. We caught up with the WigWag team at CEDIA -- click through to see what's new.

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Filament LED

WigWag just announced new Filament LEDs for the system. These smart bulbs can change colors on demand, like Philips Hue LEDs.

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White light spectrum

The Filament LEDs will default to a bright white tone. You'll have a full white light spectrum to play with, from warm, yellowy light to hotter, more blue light.

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Colors, too

Of course, the bulb's RGB diodes can produce any color you like.

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WigWag Relay

The WigWag Lighting Starter Kit comes with four bulbs and the WigWag Relay, the system's control hub.

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USB ports

Thanks to those USB ports, you'll be able to add additional radios for things like Zigbee and Insteon support.

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Z-Wave

Here's an early version of the Relay with a Z-Wave dongle plugged in. WigWag claims it can control all sorts of devices, even popular third party devices like Belkin WeMo SwitchesPhilips Hue LEDs, and the Nest Learning Thermostat.

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Controlling the system

Whatever you add to your system, you'll control it by creating automation rules using a "when this, then that" structure (sound familiar?) WigWag automatically turns those rules into JavaScript code, which gets stored locally in your Relay. That means your rules will still work if the Internet cuts out. You'll also be able to edit that JavaScript code manually, if that sort of thing appeals to you.

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WigWag app

You'll also be able to control your system and create rules using the free WigWag app on Android and iOS devices.

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WigWag Sensor Block

The WigWag Sensor Block is an optional system component that tracks things like motion, light, and temperature.

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Scan it right in

To add it (or any WigWag device) to your system, just scan the QR code on the bottom.

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Pre-order

The WigWag Lighting Starter Kit is available for pre-order now for $199. Is it worth jumping in on this brainy little kit? Read our first take to find out.

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