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Software | Home Automation DIY

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…)

New CustomCTRL experimental app video published

Posted in Industry News,Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the April 8th, 2011

Daniel Kleinman, the man behind a new home automation controller called CustomCTRL, has published a new video of the experimental iOS app prototype. It uses the accelerometer, compass and wifi signal strengths of the smartphone to add some pretty impressive capabilities. It’s really cool! Check it out below.

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YouTube Link to new CustomCTRL app video


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…)

KitchenTouch project: status update

Posted in Software by Ruslan Ulanov on the August 18th, 2010

Recently I’ve posted about my pet project called KitchenTouch. Here’s the the latest status of it…

The last update as of Aug 18, adds support for skinnable GUI. Now styles (i.e. colors/fonts/etc) of buttons, tabs and other UI controls could be changed. For now the style lives in App.xaml, but the intent is to move the skinning to external resource that could be modified by end-user without the need to re-compile the app. Here’s a preview of the new styling. A big win for me is that I’ve finally figured out how to make the scrollbars wider (and therefore much easier to use with the finger).

A very basic validation (KTValidate.cs) was added to the values read from the XML config file (field validation never hurts, right?). Mostly, it checks the type of the values and existence of specified local paths. If values do not validate for some reason the default values will be used (no warning is given, but probably it should be added in the future).

I’m also considering abandoning the images that I’m using on the tabs and buttons and instead using some fancy font (like Webdings). This will allow to skin tabs more easily in the future.

The soft keyboard functionality (TouchKeyboard.xaml.cs) was finally fixed. Now it’s a modal window that returns a state and the result (edited text). At first I tried to implement it as a Custom Control, but that was obviously a wrong path.

The XML Settings file now stores the config version and the date saved. This might be useful in the future for migrating Settings from one app version to another.

This project is a free software developed under GNU Lesser General Public License (aka GNU LGPL). For now there are no binaries (aka Setup/Installer) to download, but the full C# source code is available for anyone interested from http://kitchentouch.codeplex.com.

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…)