Unconventional uses of home automation

March 26, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 1

Recently I discovered an unusual application for X10/Insteon-enabled lights. It turns out they could help your little kids eat better and faster. Now, let me explain. We have a two-year-old and I would think all parents know that feeding your kid at this age could be quite a challenging activity. So we have to invent ways to distract (or rather entertain) kids while they eat, be it books, toys or songs. Here’s what happened a few days ago…

Wii would like to.. control your home

March 18, 2009 Ruslan Ulanov 0

Don’t get me wrong, the Wii is lots of fun! But if you will ever get tired of doing Pilates or playing a fake guitar on your Wii console, you can find a new and exciting application for it by following this DIY automation project from Wii Hacks blog. All you’ll need is a few INSTEON-enabled lights in your home, and a ControlLinc connected to a LAMPbox. For a more advanced set-up you can throw in a Proliphix thermostat, a few AXIS IP cameras and a control system from Aurora Multimedia to drive your TV, DVR, DVD, etc. See the demo video of this project after […]

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.

Light Show Master 2.0 Holiday Lighting Control Software

November 25, 2008 Ruslan Ulanov 1

Just in time for the holidays Smarthome presents Light Show Master 2.0 Holiday Lighting Control Software ($99.99), which allows you to create animated lighting displays synced to music. Using an INSTEON PowerLinc Modem, sold separately, you can program custom lighting sequences that allow you to turn your lights on and off and also fade them up and down according to the music of your choice. You can specify an unlimited number of show “events” that can span minutes, hours, days, or even years. Here’s a link to a video (WMV) of Light Show Master in action. It’s not as impressive […]

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