Posts Tagged ‘home’

  • Monday, August 22nd, 2011

    Vidabox iPad/iPad2 On-Wall Mounting Frames


    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.…


    Posted on Aug 22nd | 2 comments
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  • 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.…


    Posted on Oct 4th | no comments
    Filed Under: Announcements, DIY, Electronics, Home Automation Read more
  • Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

    Myro:Home Automation Controller Running In Apple iPad Simulator

    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!…


    Posted on Jan 27th | 5 comments
    Filed Under: Announcements, DIY, Home Automation, Home Theater Read more
  • 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


    Posted on Jan 4th | 3 comments
    Filed Under: Cell Phones, DIY, Hacks & Mods, Home Automation Read more
  • Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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

    crestron_prodigy_family

    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


    Posted on Jul 21st | 2 comments
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  • Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    DIY: Water Flow Meter For Monitoring Water Usage

    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


    Posted on May 26th | 20 comments
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  • Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

    HAI Updates Benefits of HAI Home Automation Graphic

    hai wholehouse automation

    HAI has updated their “Benefits Of HAI Home Automation”  graphic and I’d love to hear what people think about Home Automation in general.   Since the economy is pretty tight right now and new construction projects  (even remodeling) has slowed down:

    • What are your current views related to Home Automation?
    • Does the thought of having a “Green Home” change your views on building in all this control into your house?  
    • Does it bother you that a new car has more “automation” than your home?
    • What would be the most important function to have automated in your home?
    • Would you pay extra for a house that is “automated”?

    Heck, I’d love to hear anything related to this… positive or negative — so sound off in the comments!  Cheers!

    HAI:  Benefits of HAI Home Automation Graphic (high-resolution image)


    Posted on May 19th | 1 comment
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  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    Using Netbooks for Home Automation Control?

    Eee PC

    DIY’ers and people wanting to control their home inexpensively can use Netbooks as an option.  For less than $400 you can have a small computer that sits in your kitchen or family room ready to surf the web, view security cameras or turn off the lights.  This is one of the reasons why I created Myro:Home as a software only version so users can achieve this type of control for less than purchasing a proper in-wall panel.  However, I still recommend for the ultimate integration and control that an in-wall panel is installed in a home.

    If you are in the market for a netbook check out this buying guide and find the best netbook for yourself!…


    Posted on May 5th | 24 comments
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