A fresh Indigogo campaign has kicked off for Soap, a new Android 4.4 KitKat-powered wireless router with a built-in capacitive touchscreen. Through a paired mobile app, users can remotely manage devices connected on the same network, including game consoles, other tablets and smartphones. Namely, that means shutting off the Xbox when the kids need to start doing homework.
Custom-made apps will also enable home automation via Zigbee, Z-Wave, Insteon, and other popular wireless standards. Additional Soap units beyond the first can also network together to form a singular mesh network, which is pretty neat. Four models will be available, each with progressively faster processors, capping out at a quad-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor.
Soap has just about every hardware input you could want, including two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, SD and microSD, and five gigabit ethernet ports. Wi-Fi looks like it will be handled amply with dual-band AC and multiple antennae on the top-tier model.
It's easy to start piling up custom hubs next to your Wi-Fi router for things like Philips Hue, soa hub that earnestly tries to consolidate that clutter is a solid idea. Most Wi-Fi manufacturers have made their Wi-Fi routers much more smartphone-friendly, especially when it comes to parental controls, but if Soap delivers on the promises they're making here, it could set a new bar for usability in these kinds of devices.
The entry-level Soap Solo is available at an early bird price of $129, though those are likely to go fast. The higher-end Soap Quad has an early bird special of $229. Hit up Indigogo to become a Soap backer. What do you guys think? Is an Android-powered router a good idea, or a potential security concern? How many devices around the house do you control, and are your current means good enough?