Indigo 5.0 Released by Perceptive Automation

perceptive_automation_indigoThe top supplier of Mac-based home automation software, Perceptive Automation, has announced the instant accessibility of Indigo 5, an upgrade to the company’s automation server and intelligent home control for Mac OS X. With Indigo, users are able to easily monitor and control lawn sprinklers, thermostats, appliances and lights, as well as dozens of other [...]

Systems Stacking up for Wind River

Aimed squarely at the residential gateways market, a pre-validated stack has been announced by Intel subsidiary Wind River. It's built on Wind River Linux 4.2 and has been dubbed Wind River Platform for Gateways (WRPG). The stack is underpinned by two ARM11-based processors, the Cavium Econa CNS3xxx and Mindspeed Comcerto 1000, with software from Makewave, DigiOn, [...]

Keep Tabs on Things at Home with iZON Remote Room Monitor

iZON Remote Room MonitorThere seems to be no shortage of surveillance camera solutions for the home. The trick is finding one that's easy to setup and use. Enter the $129.95 iZON Remote Room Monitor, a device produced by product designer and Apple industry veteran Gary Bart. What's unique about the iZON is that it's an app controlled device. Just attach [...]

Comcast Talks Up Xfinity Home Security (and Control) Service

Xfinity Home Security In-home TouchscreenIf you haven't heard that Comcast has entered the home security and control market, you're not alone. The service originally launched in Houston in mid-2010 and is now expanding to Chattanooga, Jacksonville, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland, and Sarasota/Naples. As you'll see in the demo below, the broadband connected, professionally monitored service provides peace of mind when [...]

Lockitron Turns Your Door Lock Into a Wirelessly Controlled Mechanism (Supports NFC, Too!)

Lockitron Video DemoIf you have the desire for wireless entry to your home, as well as for friends and family, have a look at Lockitron's new $295 offering. The company will ship out a deadbolt, door handle / knob, buzzer, or mortise compatible door lock, with matching finish when possible, to your home that you can install. [...]

Android Dips Its Toes in Home Automation with @Home, Will Have App Market Support for Google TV by Summer

Android Honeycomb GraphicThis morning was day one of Google I/O 2011. Lots of great new technologies and platform advancements were revealed today, but the three our readers will be interested in is Android Accessories, Android @Home, and Project Tungsten. Oh, and I guess Android Market: Movies (compatible across phones and tablets), which provides the ability to stream [...]

1remote iOS App for Kaleidescape Movie Servers Now Available

1remote for KaleidescapeDid you put down your hard earned cash to purchase a high-end Kaleidescape DVD / Blu-ray movie server? Well, you'll be happy to learn that a third-party developer has just released a new iPhone and iPad app called 1remote that will allow you to navigate through your movie collection like all the cool kids are doing [...]

Conspin ANDI-ONE Universal Wi-Fi / IR / RF Controller Runs Android Apps, Handles Your Home Theater Gear

Conspin ANDI-ONEUsing a smartphone as a universal remote is nothing new. However, a remote that runs a smartphone OS like Android (specifically version 2.1) and has the ability to manage your home theater gear (up to 50 devices!) over Wi-Fi, IR, or RF is. So no matter where you are in the house Conspin's ANDI-ONE [PDF] [...]