Now this is cool: A small dongle turns any Google TV device into a Z-Wave compatible home automation and security hub.
Using Wi-Fi for its WeMo connected home products was a smart move by Belkin. Now the company is making good on its promise to bring an official WeMo app for Android 4.0 or better devices.
Connecting sensors as well as connected devices to build an Internet of things-style service isn’t easy. But new products from vendors that range from Texas Instruments to ThingsSquared and Mobiplug make it easier for product vendors and consumers to build internets of things.
A WSJ report indicates Apple, Google and Microsoft are having acquisition talks with a small home automation company. The talks may not go anywhere. But that this company is interesting to these major players shows how crucial the battle for the living room is becoming.
Choosing a home automation network standard can be a hassle. It’s too bad there isn’t a ubiquitous network standard to use in plug-and-play modules. Oh wait: what about Wi-Fi? Belkin’s new WeMo products use Wi-Fi, which may help move home automation from geeks to the mainstream.
Google’s planned buy of Motorola Mobility is about the patents and the war of mutual destruction in the mobile space. We get that, but it’s also about TV and carriers and the convergence of broadband, data and action in ways that change our lives.
Slingbox founder, Blake Kirkorian has a knack for turning hobbies into products. His latest, called R2, is an Android application that interfaces with Crestron home automation systems, turning a handset or tablet into a remote control that can tap the system from anywhere in the world.
Here at TheAppleBlog, there’s been plenty of instruction and discussion about using Smart Folders, Playlists, Albums and so on, as well as Automator and Folder Actions and other products like Hazel — all of which serve to make your Mac work a little harder to simplify your life a bit.
Hopefully we’ve led many of you in the right direction in using these great bits of technology. If you’re willing to follow us down the rabbit hole again, I’d love to show you how to use your Mac and a product called Indigo to start making your home work for you as well. It’s home automation time! Read More about How-To: Automate Your Home with Indigo
This is the sixth in a series of 7 posts in the 7 days prior to Apple’s January 27 media event in which I explore various possibilities for an Apple Tablet and other potential announcements.
The unlikeliest of all the features I’m hoping for in an Apple Tablet–home controls–made it to the penultimate post in the 7 for 7 series (tomorrow’s article will be a recap and will address some broader concepts about Apple’s mobile strategy). Unlikeliest? I’ve seen very little in the way of rumors or speculation that Apple is intending to include support for home controls in the iSlate, iPad, Canvas or you-name-it tablet device now widely expected to be unveiled on Wednesday. Yet its one of those out-of-the-blue kinds of things that would allow Apple to both surprise analysts and pundits alike, and to totally disrupt the current home controls market while opening it to the masses. So allow me to dream for a day before the reality of Wednesday’s announcement brings me back to earth.
First off, we should probably define home controls, which is also known as home automation. Home controls is the automation of many household appliances and services, such as lighting, temperature, audio-video, and security, among other systems. These systems are integrated into one central control unit, which can then be accessed by multiple devices on the network. Home controls give residents the ability to turn lights on and off, increase or decrease your thermostat’s temperature control, or select options on your home entertainment center. Read More about 7 for 7: Home Controls on the Apple Tablet