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Vidabox iPad/iPad2 On-Wall Mounting Frames

Home Automation
August 22, 2011 2 Comments

Front view of frame shown with a white iPad2

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.

USB to Cat5 power extension kit

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.

iPad On-Wall Frame Kit

Back view of iPad frame

For more information and to order the frame kit visit VidaBox.

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Myro:Bridge – Product Introduction/Website Launch

Announcements, DIY, Electronics, Home Automation
October 4, 2010 No Comments

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.

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Myro:Home Automation Controller Running In Apple iPad Simulator

Announcements, DIY, Home Automation, Home Theater
January 27, 2010 5 Comments

Just downloaded the newest iPhone SDK (3.2) and ran the Myro:Home iPhone app in the iPad Simulator. It works (you can press the 2x to zoom it, seen in the second image) Once I release the iPhone app, I will be focusing on making a native version for the iPad. This should be fun! A $499 home automation controller is perfect — the iPad is Myro Control’s wireless home controller!

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SNEAK PEAK: Myro:Home for iPhone (HAI Controller)

Cell Phones, DIY, Hacks & Mods, Home Automation
January 4, 2010 3 Comments

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

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Crestron Prodigy – Low-Cost Media Control/Automation Solution?

Home Automation
July 21, 2009 2 Comments


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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DIY: Water Flow Meter For Monitoring Water Usage

DIY, Home Automation
May 26, 2009 20 Comments

cp225 water flow meter

I’m currently investigating what I need to get Water & Gas (Natural) monitoring added to my home.  I already have Power via Energy Inc’s TED 1001 & Myro:Home.  However, it would be nice to add Water & Gas to the mix so I can monitor and control its usage.   Currently, I’m checking out different flow meters from Flow Monitors Inc.  Anyone have any other brands that have an output that I could rig/modify/extend?  The nice thing about the CoolPoint line is that they offer outputs that I can use to interface with my automation controller.

Universal Flow Monitors – CoolPoint CP Series Water Flow Meters

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