Embedded Automation mControl v2 Mini-Review

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Chris L. has a cool little review up of Embedded Automation’s mControl 2 up. Version 2 has been updated to reflect Vista’s new MCML graphics capabilities, which we all know are super sexy. Besides the graphics upgrade,  a few new macros have been added, hit the link for the full review. We need to get our own MS MVP on […]

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So You Installed a Z-Wave Network, Now What?

Here’s another good starting point for anyone considering heading down the home automation path.  It offers up some considerations that I hadn’t realized were pretty important, depending on the end result you’re aiming for. Z-Wave World If your situation is anything like mine, once you get the whole Z-Wave setup working reliably and show it to your spouse, they’ll say […]

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Entering Home Automation One Step at a Time

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A very nice beginner’s guide and installation walk-through for anyone considering entering the realm of home automation. Z-Wave World Overall, the project was certainly easier than installing a water heater or clothes dryer but required some forethought. In fact, planning where the various Z-Wave modules would go and how they might interact opened my mind to the realm of possibilities. […]

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HomeSeer’s New HSM100™ Z-Wave® Multi-Sensor

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Jennyfur submits the following, and I am actually already on the converted. Home automation & Z-Wave devices are just awesome. You think your fancy HTPC tricks impress people, wait til you turn off your living room lights with your remote control!  "Almost makes me want to go Z-wave:" eHomeUpgrade The new device is designed to sense motion, temperature and light […]

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HomeSeer’s New HSM100™ Z-Wave® Multi-Sensor

Jenny sent in word HomeSeer has released a new product. HomeSeer Technologies release its new HSM100 Z-Wave multi-sensor. The new device is designed to sense motion, temperature and light and home owners can use the HSM100 to control up to 4 other Z-Wave devices directly. Those with HomeSeer-equipped homes can also use the HSM100 to trigger more complex automation events […]

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UK firm unveils wall-socket PC

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Skirge writes…  This news came out over a year ago, but the [H] just picked up the story, so I looked into it.  The price is reasonable (~$300 USD), the size is amazing, and the concept is just plain brilliant…  now, if only it had an optical audio output.  Also, I’m not clear on how the server connection would work, […]

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ZigBee’s Benefits for Home Automation

This podcast features a couple of folks from Control 4 talking about Zigbee, the new wireless home automation protocol. A good listen if you are interested in delving into the HA world. Pod Tech Network Adding a home automation system to an existing home used to require tearing out drywall, installing thousands of feet of wire and surviving the battle […]

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Life|Ware 2.0 For Vista Launches A News Interface

Orlando, FL – March 7, 2006 – Life|wareâ„¢ digital entertainment and automation solutions announces the launch of Life|ware 2.0 which introduces an entirely new, Microsoft® Windows® Vistaâ„¢ interface while enhancing its performance managing a home’s subsystems through Windows® Vistaâ„¢ Media Center to create a comprehensive digital living experience. Life|ware 2.0 provides at-a-glance, gallery-style view of home subsystems – lights, thermostats, […]

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Home Automation Inc (HAI) Expands Support of Audio Control

AI, the leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, has expanded support of Audio control through its Omni and Lumina home control systems. HAI's newly released 2.14 controller firmware added support for the Hi-Fi by HAI system via all models of HAI's OmniTouch touchscreen and all software interfaces, including Web-Link II, Home Control for Windows Media Center […]

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