Archos 35 = Android for your kitchen counter

Posted in Hardware by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 27th, 2011

ARCHOS 35 Home Connect

Archos, the French company recognized globally as one of the primary players in the touch tablet market adds two new devices to its Android portfolio – ARCHOS 35 Home Connect and ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone.

The Smart Home Phone is an Android DECT (land-line) phone. It brings Smartphone functionality into your home and gives you access to thousands of applications such as weather, news, games and traffic.

The ARCHOS 35 Home Connect is the perfect music box and the best  portable Android device for streaming radio and music anywhere at home such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom or kids room. But with the right set of apps its usability might go far beyond a juke box and alarm clock. It might become your next favorite news reader, or, thanks to the front facing webcam and a mic, a video calling, baby monitoring and even room surveillance gadget. It might even find its way into home automation domain, as a touchscreen controller. As proved by Chumby, a comparable device running Flash-based apps, a healthy developer community could push the number of apps in to thousands.

The complete press release and tech specs are attached below. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

MobiLinc Pro for iOS receives a major update

Posted in Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 23rd, 2011

MobiLinc Pro

MobiLinc Pro Insteon and X10 Controller was updated to a new major version 3.00.

MobiLinc is the leading software for INSTEON on iOS (and recently Android) devices. It supports the following Insteon Controllers: ISY-99i or 26 from Universal Devices, SmartLinc 2412N Firmware Version 3.0, PowerLinc 2414 USB or Serial.

Here’s what’s new in this major release… (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Crestron Adds Hard Buttons to iPad

Posted in Hardware,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the September 16th, 2010
Crestron iPanel

Crestron iPanel

Wow, it has finally happened! Now, let’s start from the beginning…

iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads are great multi-purpose devices. They are also great for remotely controlling almost anything in your home – televisions, lights, HVAC, and much much more (see our extensive apps list).

But all these great (and rather expensive) devices are missing a very basic feature that any regular (even the cheapest) IR remote has – hard buttons that you can push without glancing at the screen.

Crestron fixes that problem with it’s iPanel – which snaps over iPad’s screen and adds a total of 13(!) hardware buttons: Volume Up/Down, Mute, Lights, Home, Guide, Info, Exit, Left, Right, Up, Down, Select. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone, Part 3

Posted in Home Automation,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 19th, 2009

Last Updated: December 21, 2009

UPDATE: This list has moved to a new place, please go there for the most up-to-date information.

This is Part 3 of The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone.

For your convenience the short link to this post is http://tinyurl.com/iphonehas3 (as in iPhone Home Automation Software, Part 3).

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I/O Linc – INSTEON Morning Industry Lock Control Kit

Posted in Home Automation,Industry News by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 14th, 2009

Irvine, CA – Smarthome announced the release of the new I/O Linc – INSTEON Morning Industry Lock Control Kit today. The kit, which includes two I/O Lincs and a Morning Industry RF Remote Control Key Fob, allows users to activate the locking mechanism of Morning Industry RF deadbolts and/or doorlocks (sold separately) via radio frequency (RF) to lock or unlock their door from any INSTEON controller. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)