Square Connect, a member of the Z-Wave have broken the mouild with their new 'wooden puck' device for infrared controlled home entertainment. A new version of the Blaster, the “Blaster Pro” integrates Z-Wave, allowing expansion of the control sphere beyond the home theatre to include lighting, window shades and other appliances. The SQ Blaster range of products utilise the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as control interfaces, with applications for other smart phones and tablet devices under development.
Here's a neat combination of hardware and software to allow you to control your AV system from your iOS device. The Demopad app provides the customisable front end to your control set-up, while the Keene KIRA128 IP to infra-red module allows you to learn, store and send the commands.
This months My Automated Home feature comes from Tom Lawrence, a final year student at Staffordshire University. Along with his friend Andy Jackson, he has created a bespoke C# home automation system which controls X10 and XBMC with clients for Android and Windows Phone.
We've been contacted by Automated Home reader (Mr Flibble) on his interesting step-by-step guide on building a custom iPad web app for the X10 CM15 Pro on Mac OSX. Even more interestingly he plans to release an open source version soon....
iHomeTouch is a new iOS app from 1Jump2 for control of your X10 based home automation system. The software is a universal app for the iPhone and iPad and will also run on the iPod touch. The intuitive interface allows you to use photos of the rooms in your home with the ability to touch certain parts of the screen for control.