How Smart is Your Home?

April 13, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Take the Smarthome How Smart is Your Home? Quiz for Your Chance to win a 32″ LCD TV from Sylvania. Take the 5 minute “How Smart is Your Home” quiz & everyone can be a winner! The first 500 to enter & complete the quiz get a free environmentally friendly recyclable bag. Everyone who enters & completes the quiz gets a chance to win energy-saving products (new prizes every month) and is entered into the Grand Prize drawing of a 32″ LCD TV.

The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone, Part 2

March 29, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 4

This is Part 2 of The Ultimate List of Home Automation Software for iPhone. UPDATE: This list has moved to a new place, please go there for the most up-to-date information. For your convenience the short link to this post is (as in iPhone Home Automation Software, Part 2). Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

New INSTEON products from Smarthome

March 5, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Smarthome has just updated their INSTEON portfolio with two new products. The first is the In-LineLinc Relay – INSTEON On / Off Module (Non-dimming) w/ Sense ($49.99). This wire-in module allows to automate existing motion-sensing floodlights or any other 120V switching sensor. Another addition is SeriaLinc – INSTEON to 2-Way RS232 Serial Converter ($149.99). This plug-in module is a protocol bridge between INSTEON network and any RS232-compatible appliance from whole-home audio to security systems to automation controllers. The products are currently on back-order and will be shipped on first-come-first-served basis.

Panasonic releases two new netcams

February 6, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Network cameras from Panasonic have been proving time and again to be reliable, high quality and good build devices for commercial and private surveillance applications. Most of the security systems available on the market today support Panasonic cameras straight from the box. I had a chance to prove that myself — I use a few different models (Ethernet as well as Wireless ones) in my own home. So, it’s a great news to know that Panasonic announces two new easy to use IP cameras for private use (also known as Pet Cams in Panasonic’s terminology).

Control4 is going on an European trip

February 4, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 0

D&M Europe B.V. has signed an agreement with Control4. This agreement provides D&M with access to Control4’s technology to produce a range of Escient branded home control products. These products will be available in over 27 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “The Control4 control platform is a comprehensive complement to the Denon, Marantz and Escient product lines,” said Bert Kiggen, Brand Director of DMi. “This agreement is a further milestone in our objective of providing custom installers with best in class, end-to-end system integration solutions for whole home entertainment, and environmental and security control. We look forward […]

Turn Your Nokia N800 or N810 Into an INSTEON Controller

December 9, 2008 Ruslan Ulanov 1

If you already have (or planning to buy) ISY-99i Home Automation Controller with PLM ($339), then interfaceGO Software ($119.95) will convert your Nokia N800 or N810 touch panel remote control into a “thumb-friendly, wireless, customizable, versatile”, in other words, very sexy INSTEON Home Automation Controller. “The interfaceGO interface allows you to create your own hierarchy of folders and controls. You create the layout and choose which buttons you want and where. Create a custom layout to match the touch panel’s location, or your own personal preference. The graphical user interface (GUI) is designed for easy control without a pen. On-screen buttons are […]

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