MobiLinc Pro gets retina display support

Posted in Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 26th, 2010

Arguably the best iPhone app for INSTEON-based home automation systems MobiLinc Pro just released a new version (2.16) in the AppStore.

It gets new sleek images and icons specifically designed for higher resolution display of iPhone 4 (known as Retina Display).

Among other changes are support for upside down orientation of the iPhone’s screen, Plug-in Store for ISY99i controller owners and a few bug fixes.

Hopefully, the iPad version of MobiLinc Pro will follow soon. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

DIY Project: How to cut your kid’s TV-time without saying a word, the geek-way.

Posted in DIY Projects,Home Automation by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 12th, 2010

A never-ending fight for TV-time.

How to cut your kid’s TV-time without saying a word, the geek-way.

My kid is three and a half years old now and I got to tell you, he is smart! He keeps my home automation system on its toes. Here’s my story…

As most parents, we have a never-ending fight with our kid, trying to limit his TV-time. I had brains to install TV and a DVD player in his bedroom, and now I have to find ways to tame his TV-appetite.

At first, my kid just couldn’t reach the power button on a TV, so turning TV OFF manually worked fine for a while. Then he figured out how to use a chair to climb up and turn it ON by himself. That’s when I had to engage my Home Automation system.
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My new home automation project – KitchenTouch

Posted in DIY Projects,Home Automation,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 6th, 2010

It has been a little quiet in my blog lately. But it’s not because I was lazy (well, maybe just a little).

I’ve been busy celebrating many many birthdays in July (including my own) and also I spent a lot of my time learning new technologies (namely HTML5, CSS3 and C# languages) and coding my own home automation project called KitchenTouch.

That last thing is what I want to tell you about. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Deal alert: ISY99i is on Sale

Posted in Deals,Hardware by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 21st, 2009

If you (like myself) were impatiently waiting to get your hands on one of the ISY99i home automation controllers now might be a good time to get one as they are on sale at both Smarthome.com and Amazon.com.

What is ISY99i?

ISY99i kit w/PLM

ISY99i kit w/PLM

“The ISY-99i series is the most affordable and flexible
standalone home automation solution for any INSTEON/X10 installation.  Whether you are a DIYer, an electrician, or a home automation integrator you will enjoy the ease with which the once tedious task of programming INSTEON devices is accomplished.”

ISY99i eliminates the need to run a dedicated PC (or MAC) computer to contol events and run automation programs. It is compatible with a wide range of INSTEON and X10 devices, including: (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)