Home Automation gets its own laws

Alan's law  1. Bodies at rest stay at rest with an overloaded PVR   Automated Home has a few other laws worth noting in the Home Automation world. I won't bore you with my layman explanation of the article. Instead, print it out and go enjoy a nice long read on your throne. From the article:  Home automation products and […]

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Catching the Z-Wave

Sure I could start this news post out with Gnarly man, this is way cool. I leave that for ldown the read so more reads can catch my bad humour. Todays article from embedded.com is a FAQ of sorts on Z-Wave wireless technology. The article is quite technical therefore quite a bit over my head, it sounds like I have […]

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Best Buy: A Brief History of Integration

In October's issue of CE Pro, they report on the history of Best Buy's effort as a home integration company. It really goes to show you how big companies take multiple years to get an initiative going. 6 years later, you still wouldn't know that Best Buy is interested in anything else but selling you boxed CE goods. From the […]

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ZigBee’s improved spec incompatible with v1.0

The ZigBee Alliance released a new spec that will incorporate some significant changes over the initial spec in 2004. ZigBee's market penetration is pretty small to date, so it should not have a large impact on consumers going forward. A lot of the changes in the new specification are targeted at the industrial market. If you are interested in further […]

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Automate Your Shades with Lutron QED

While reading about Nobu's new inwall touchscreen, I noticed mavromatic also had a nice post about installing automatic blinds. After reading through the process, the DIY rating on this type of project is pretty high. The meat of the project is running the wires for power and control, the other half is convincing your wife you need it. From the […]

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Inwall Touchscreen PC

iNOBU - touchscreen

Via Mavromatic, NOBU has introduced an inwall touchscreen PC. Its certainly no HD powerhouse with a fanless 600MHz Celeron or 1.1GHz Pentium M, but it will more then to the job to pupe some music to your bathroom or control your Home Automation system. Price information is no where to be see, but if they can offer me a decent […]

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Don’t Touch That Dimmer, Just Wave

All that hard work using a manual dimmer switch can be demanding. For those of you interested in a more laid back, easy lifetsyle the Touchless Dimmer is for you! A simple wave of the hand, ala Copperfield, and you can turn the light on and off. Dimming the light requires a bit more work, you will have to old […]

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