Posts Tagged ‘automation’
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
Vidabox iPad/iPad2 On-Wall Mounting Frames
Vidabox has been in the digital entertainment and control business for a while now and offers media extenders to complete home automation control systems. They have a product and/or solution for almost every A/V need — even turning your iPad into a wall mountable picture frame.
The Vidabox iPad On-Wall Mount Frame is actually a pretty good idea allowing you to add an on-wall control interface pretty much anywhere at a very economical price.
When I first opened the box the first thing that popped into my head was, “why didn’t I think of this!”. A genius concept, put an iPad into a high-quality contemporary picture frame and hang it on the wall. The kits come complete with everything needed to power the iPad using only a single Cat5 cable. The installation takes literally minutes after you get the cat5 cable fished through your wall. The frame design is clean and simple and great for anyone that wants a semi-permanent wall installation of an iPad (I call it semi-permanent because you don’t need to cut a hole into the wall) — that’s great because it makes swapping out iPad versions in the future very easy! The kit is available for both the original iPad and the iPad2. The frame kit retails for $99 and comes in a variety of finishes.
For more information and to order the frame kit visit VidaBox.…
Monday, October 4th, 2010
Myro:Bridge – Product Introduction/Website Launch
Just launched the Myro:Bridge website. Pre-orders begin now and if there aren’t any production issues, we should be shipping orders in a few weeks. The first batch of bridges will be a limited run to see how much interest there is so get your order in now to guarantee shipment!
The goal is to add more support (via firmware updates) as there are requests (via forum). I am also looking to expand support for Control4, Crestron and HAI controllers.
Find out more about Myro:Bridge here.…
Friday, June 11th, 2010
Somfy ILT Control via HAI OmniPro II (wiring diagram)
HAI recently announced native control for Somfy ILT motors with the 3.4 firmware. This means you no longer need to use RTS or Z-WAVE to control shades via the OmniPro II controller. Last night I connected up and tested my friends system (also using Myro) and I’m happy to announce that HAI has hit another home run! You get “real-time” feedback as well as the ability to set to a specific “light level”, like 50% (which is part way).
I have included a wiring diagram on connecting the HAI to the Somfy RS-485 ILT tap (also known as the Somfy SDN). Then you just need to get the Motor/Group code and enter that into PC Access. What I thought would be a difficult process of trial and error actually turned out to work on the first try!…
Monday, January 4th, 2010
SNEAK PEAK: Myro:Home for iPhone (HAI Controller)
Here is a sneak peak of the Myro:Home iPhone application. As you can see, progress has been coming along. I’ve been getting the design finalized and now I’m just tweaking the look and feel a bit. The mobile framework has also been set in the core Myro:Home application which acts as a server on your home network. The iPhone version connects into Myro and loads and controls the HAI panel via a secure channel.
The key focus has been getting control of your home via the iPhone in the quickest time possible. As it works now, I can load and control in less than 3 seconds (if on WIFI).
- MYRO CONTROL – Myro:Home…
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Crestron Prodigy – Low-Cost Media Control/Automation Solution?
Crestron has announced the release of their entry level automation solution aimed at competing with Control4. In a nutshell, the Crestron Prodigy is a media controller with a remote that retails for around $700. There is also an in-wall touchscreen option which will cost less than $700. The system supports up to 16 zones of audio and wireless dimmers will sell for about $99. Overall, this sounds like an interesting price-point and system. Not sure how this will play out for Crestron as they are considered the “Rolls-Royce Of Automation” and we don’t see Rolls-Royce coming out with an economy car… yet.
For the complete story check out CE Pro: Crestron’s Low-Cost Prodigy to Compete with Control4…
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