Home Automation Portal Appliance

The Home Automation Portal Appliance will soon become an essential addition to most home automation projects of any complexity. In this paper we discuss how the small, lightweight and low power box produced by IO Anywhere can act as a Home Automation Portal Appliance.

Multitask in the Living Room

Thanks to the expansion of broadband, wireless networking, a new generation of PDAs and software, you now have the ability to multitask at home as you do at work. And, you can clear your couch of the electronic clutter and easily navigate and control your recreational tasks.

Rules of Thumb for selling Remote Controls

While categorized as an "accessory," there's not a consumer out there who doesn't consider remote control a necessity. If they have trouble using it, you could end up losing future business. Make sure you're familiar with the variety of product choices in the marketplace and their capabilities. Recommend what makes sense.

Display Werks Touches Residential Systems Market

The touch panels have one RJ45 connection for accepting analog RGB, serial, stereo audio, mouse and keyboard signals from a PC located up to 500 feet away over a single CAT5 cable.

Realizing the Promise of the Connected Home

Z-Wave is delivering on the promise of the connected home, providing reliability, interoperability, convenience and relatively low-cost all in a chip the size of a dime.

Dave Rye of X10

Dave Rye is Vice President and Technical Manager of X10 (USA) Inc., and has been with X10 an incredible 30 years. Dave is responsible for technical liaison between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and X10's engineering staffs in Scotland, Hong Kong, and the USA. He procures industry approvals (FCC and UL) for all X10 products, as well as those developed and manufactured by X10 for its OEMs.

NOT ONLY X10

When coupled with a programmable digital device, such as a microprocessor or a microcontroller, the patented device allows the realization of "intelligent" and "communicative" equipment that can interact with similar objects over a domestic network, without the need of installing a dedicating wiring.

Are PLC Gremlins Causing Problems?

Single-Chip ZigBee Transceiver

The CC2420 is the industry's first single-chip 2.4 GHz RF transceiver compliant with the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and ready to be used in ZigBee products.

Internet based Monitoring using low cost solutions.

Adding some simple monitoring tools, and Internet ready devices, your existing network connection brings your real world to your wired world.

Ideal Remote Controls

Combining a remote with a controller can bring back the joy of having a simple remote control. Done right, there is no need to "understand" how the entertainment equipment is wired, nor a need to learn how to control it. It just works. In fact, it passes the babysitter test.

Philips iPronto

All in all ... this is a fascinating device and only the future will tell whether or not the world will embrace it. It combines 3 devices into one ... a remote control, a program guide and a web browser. A future implementation called NetX will have it play a key control role in Philips vision of controlling devices in the home via the wireless home network.

ECS (Event Control System) 2.2.51

I had reviewed the legacy version of ECS in August of 2000 and was asked to have a look at the redesigned Object-Oriented version (now at 2.2.51). Omnipotence has just recently introduced this version to the residential market, having been focused exclusively on the commercial/industrial markets for the last 2 years. ECS Automation Logo

X10 Debugging Tips

If you use X10, you will inevitably experience some of the problems described here. Hopefully this information will help you resolve the problem as quickly and painlessly as possible. This is the price we all pay for enjoying the many benefits of X10 technology!

UCommand UC-515 Touchscreen Remote Control

If you want a full featured unit that you know will work with your devices, and gives you the ability to change the screen to suit your needs, spend a bit more and get this cool looking unit with the retail price of $129.00. Then you can get rid of all those remotes cluttering up your living room.

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