Today I am going to look at the Fibaro Swipe Gesture Controller. The Fibaro Swipe is a mashup of a picture frame and a gesture controller. It can be used to activate scenes, control lights and pretty much anything in your home automation world. I have had this device for a while now and played with it briefly with my Fibaro Home Center Lite, having never jumped on board with a full Fibaro deployment though it ended up in a box. Well the other day I decided to pull it back out and set it up with SmartThings and I could not be happier with it.
To start lets clear things up a bit. The Fibaro Swipe is not a digital picture frame or a tablet or anything with a GUI that allows you control of your smart home. It is a gesture controller that hold a picture (in my case I am still using the picture that comes with it because I live in a digital world and do not have many pictures). The gesture controller lives behind the picture and allows you control through the picture. In my testing this has worked great other than during setup which I will talk about in a bit.
Pairing the Fibaro Swipe to my SmartThings Hub was a bit of a pain in the butt. The instructions say to enter the Swipe’s pairing mode using gestures and I tired for a while and could not get it to work. After a bit of sleuthing with the help of Google I found a way of using a physical button located behind the picture on the gesture sensor to get into the menu and get it paired. It was still a bit wonky as you must listen for a few different tones of “beeps” from the unit to know which menu you are in, but I was able to get through it.
Once paired however things got better. In SmartThings (using a SmartApp and DTH) I was able to assign gestures to control different lights. For testing I set up a quick automation to turn a bedside lamp on and off and it worked flawlessly. I am excited to do more with this device and start automating routines through it.
One of the downsides to the Fibaro Swipe however is in the Gestures, some of them are too simple and easy to trigger unintentionally. I even have an issue with one of my cats who likes to sit on my nightstand waiting for me to get in bed before jumping in herself and the Swipe picks here movement up as a gesture but that will be solved once I find a final location for the Swipe.
In the end this is a pretty cool device that I see potential in if Fibaro can refine it a bit further.
Anyone out there using the Fibaro Swipe? Let me know in the comments below.
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