Control4 Home Automation Review

Prior to my exodus as owner from MissingRemote, I had delved into the Home Automation world. My experiences never got very far but I had some minor improvements. Gizmodo has a $5,000 package from Control4 up for review if you are not in the DIY mode. Control4 is a more entry-level solution to home automation, and they compete mostly with […]

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Hands On: Control4 My Home iPad App


I’m not sure how many of you are actually running a Control4 system, but this is a great example of some of the usefulness the iPad is going to provide. Now, the question is if this is all you use it for, if it’s still worth it? Consider that a similar home automation tablet from Crestron or AMX will run […]

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Anatomy of a Home Security System

Home Security Touchpad

This is a pretty good introduction to the world of home security.  Nothing fancy, but a good way to get your gears turning and headed down the path to home security.  Due to some recent break-ins and thefts in the area, I’ve been considering one myself, but the two very large dogs in the house would pose a problem to […]

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New EasyTouch Panel10 from Marmitek


Here’s a nice little touchscreen for you X10 users, and the cool thing about it is it’s powered by AAA batteries, meaning you can easily mount this anywhere. Of course, it also means you’ll have to replace the batteries….but still.   Smart Home It can be used as X10 remote control, i. e. without controller or PC. The interface of […]

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Zigbee 101 Refresher Course

The Zigbee Alliance has been in the news recently and there has been some buzz amongst home automation groups, but it’s still pretty unknown for many people. If you want a nice introduction to what exactly it is and how it plans to change the landscape for home automation, this guest post at Cocoontech seems to do a great job. […]

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Blockbuster OnDemand en route to Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems

I’m not sure how many people actually use Blockbuster over Netflix (why??), but if you do this news will make you happy. Then again, integration into TV’s and other devices can only help adoption. Engadget The company announced that it’s integrating its OnDemand service into Samsung HDTVs, home theater systems, and Blu-ray players starting Fall 2009. Better still, those with […]

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Perceptive Automation Releases Indigo 3.0, Intelligent Home Automation Server for Mac OS X

Visit Perceptive Automation for more details.  New INSTEON Hardware Support Integrates Thermostat, Allows Remote Lighting Scene Management and Operation after Mac is Turned Off, Improves iPhone Support and More Dallas, TX – May 7, 2008 – Perceptive Automation, the leading provider of Mac-based home automation software, today announced the immediate availability of Indigo version 3.0, a major update to the […]

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Trim the Tree with Z-Wave

Home Automation can be a scary and expensive prospect. As with anything new, testing it out by dipping your big toe in the cold water is a good way to start. The Z-Wave group has decided this is a good idea and is offering up a holiday home automation bundle. The $130 kit comes with a master controller, two plugin […]

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10 Inventive Home Automation Applications

Here are some ideas for home automation projects you probably didn’t even know existed :). My favorite was the external temperature sensor :). Living in California I always had the problem of the AC running when it was a few degrees cooler outside. CEPro To solve this, all we did was connect a Card Access contact switch with an external […]

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