Review: i-Got-Control IRB1

i-Got-Control IRB1 is an accessory that turns your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal learning remote control. i-Got-Control quickly and easily replaces the multiple remote controls that clutter your home. And, when you're on the go, i-Got-Control lets you operate A/V equipment in your hotel or conference room, as well as many other places that utilize IR equipment, in just three simple steps.

New Kinetix Re Remote Control Accessory for the Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

The Re package includes the IR transmitter accessory and a nice green neoprene storage case. The Re programming software is a FREE download direct from the iTunes App Store. The combination of your iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad, the Re, and the FREE App creates a powerful and professional universal remote control on par with many dedicated remotes.

Touchscreen Button Dimensions and Spacing

When it comes to touchscreen buttons, size plays an important part in usability.

Programmable Logic Controller - Features

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are forever upgrading and changing to stay current with today's technologies. Everyday we hear of new and improved cell phones, handheld computers, GPS systems, etc. The same holds true for PLCs. Every year new models of PLCs are introduced into the marketplace. This article is going to touch on some of the new features available on PLCs.

Will RF4CE be the Killer App for ZigBee?

Recently the RF4CE Alliance got itself adopted by the ZigBee Alliance, a clear example of a win-win situation. For the RF4CE Alliance it means an immediate broad adoption in the consumer electronics industry, while avoiding the cost of setting up a "marketing machine" to achieve this. For the ZigBee Alliance this is a brilliant move into a direction that will make it flourish. For the consumer electronics market, and in particular for the end-customers, this adoption is a clear stake in the ground that opens up opportunities for a wide range of new and interesting applications.

Honeywell Prestige Comfort System Thermostat

I recently received the Honeywell Prestige™ Comfort Systems thermostat, with the Portable Comfort Control and Outdoor Sensor from Honeywell for review. Prestige™ is the world's first high definition, full-color, touch screen, programmable thermostat. The Portable Comfort Control is a hand-held device that not only senses and allows homeowners to adjust for the room temperature they are in, but the Outdoor Sensor provides information on outdoor conditions to help you make informed decisions that could positively impact overall energy use. Honeywell indicates that proper use leading to more efficient home heating and cooling could lead to a significant energy savings-up to 33 percent or $200 a year depending on your geographic location.

Next Generation Remote Controls

With a single, universal RF remote device, consumers will be able to control every aspect of their connected home. RF is engineered to control more than a TV and DVD, it can also control lighting, heating and air conditioning, blinds and shutters. Two-way communication can also be used to help you locate your lost remote control hidden in the couch pillows or under the table. This new generation of RF communication is opening up a market for low cost, reliable high speed RF remote controls and is expected to have a huge impact on the user experience, as IEEE 802.15.4 remote controls will allow a completely new way to use a remote control. In short, the development of radio frequency remote controls will replace IR remote controls and deliver richer communications, increase reliability and improve flexibility

iAM - Serving Your Senses

Introducing iAM© - bringing sophisticated, yet affordable, touchpanel control to your iTunes© library. iAM© enables you to enjoy your media for a whole-house experience, without the need of expensive media servers, iPods© and associated docks, or lugging your PC around with you.

MX-810 from Universal Remote Control

Stylish new RF and IR Remote with Colour Screen icons and Fast Customization is sure to be a popular choice. The MX-810 is now available at BMB Electronics BV.

PLC - Lighting Design

A good lighting design at the beginning of a project will guarantee a reliable electrical system and a user friendly control system for the customer.

Human Interface and Panel Design/Layout

A process for interviewing and communicating with clients is paramount. The panel designer can guess what people like, but that is not a good way to create a good user experience.

Harmony 1000 Touchscreen Remote

If you've always wanted one of those cool touch screen controllers but were intimidated by the price tag, the programming, or the graphic design skills required than the Logitech Harmony 1000 is the controller for you. At under $500 there is simply no other choice.

Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote Control

The remote itself is very nice to use ... the buttons are slick and the LCD screen is clear. Having a recharging station is terrific too. I never lose the remote any more, it's always ready to go and I never have to worry about changing batteries. The IR signals are stronger than any other unit I've tried so it never fails to do it's job. Just picking up or tilting the unit brings on the LCD screen ... no buttons to push for that ... nice!

Harmony 688 Universal Remote

All in all, the Harmony 688 is a fantastic remote. It's simple enough my family uses it, yet it's powerful enough that I can set it up exactly how I want it. It has big features like a wonderfully easy programming interface as well as little features like tactile feedback on the buttons and a light so you can use it in a darkened room.

Home Automation for the rest of us

With it's "Jetsons-era functionality, this software is great for people that want to control their home or apartment with minimum amount of fuss.

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