Home automation with iControl

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I visited Reza Raji recently to learn all about home automation gadgets since he’s the CEO of iControl — a rapidly-growing startup in Palo Alto. We had an interesting chat about how home automation, security, climate control are all changing because of low-cost, industry standard, gadgets and systems. This stuff isn’t for only Bill Gates anymore. What do you think?

Oh, and you can watch this video on your iPhone.

Comments

  1. Would this be able to work within Windows Home server? Cause, I have a WHS box running, and stuff like this would be perfect.

  2. Would this be able to work within Windows Home server? Cause, I have a WHS box running, and stuff like this would be perfect.

  3. I have always really liked home automation. However, this seems like a very pricey option for something that has been around a really long time. It’s great that they support 3rd party devices, but the monthly service fee seems excessive.

    In the past I have looked at a few products (ie software) to overlay and control X10 devices. See http://www.smarthome.com for several options. I will say that most of the pc options look terrible, so maybe their differentiator is the UI.

    If you’re a mac user, I really like Indigo (beautiful interface on this one) and they just released a 2.0 version with web access: http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/

  4. I have always really liked home automation. However, this seems like a very pricey option for something that has been around a really long time. It’s great that they support 3rd party devices, but the monthly service fee seems excessive.

    In the past I have looked at a few products (ie software) to overlay and control X10 devices. See http://www.smarthome.com for several options. I will say that most of the pc options look terrible, so maybe their differentiator is the UI.

    If you’re a mac user, I really like Indigo (beautiful interface on this one) and they just released a 2.0 version with web access: http://www.perceptiveautomation.com/

  5. X10 has been around for a really long time now and has been affordable to the masses for just as long. They even sell some of it at your local Radio Shack. My lights are controlled by random timers calculated around sunset. I can use also use a palmpad to manually turn certain ones off and on or to control zones. It all depends on how you program it. It’s great for lighting around Christmas and Halloween.

    This is all thanks to a fantastic free program called MisterHouse.

  6. X10 has been around for a really long time now and has been affordable to the masses for just as long. They even sell some of it at your local Radio Shack. My lights are controlled by random timers calculated around sunset. I can use also use a palmpad to manually turn certain ones off and on or to control zones. It all depends on how you program it. It’s great for lighting around Christmas and Halloween.

    This is all thanks to a fantastic free program called MisterHouse.

  7. Check out the current issue of Make Magazine (#10) for my article on my automated house. This has been doable for awhile, and very inexpensive. There are also articles in MacTech, Linux Journal, and others on all of this.

  8. Check out the current issue of Make Magazine (#10) for my article on my automated house. This has been doable for awhile, and very inexpensive. There are also articles in MacTech, Linux Journal, and others on all of this.

  9. Here is some shameless self promotion of my company: http://www.4homemedia.com We are the CES 2007 Best of Innovations winner. We offer HA on TV, PC, Mobile and Touch panels. We have a innovative platform which we designed from the ground up not only to support just the Zwave architecture but LonWorks, ZigBee to build a total solution. We are focusing on Energy Management and Remote Management. We were also the choice of SCU (Santa Clara University) for the Solar Decathlon project. Robert, we are in Sunnyvale and would love to have you visit our location.

  10. Here is some shameless self promotion of my company: http://www.4homemedia.com We are the CES 2007 Best of Innovations winner. We offer HA on TV, PC, Mobile and Touch panels. We have a innovative platform which we designed from the ground up not only to support just the Zwave architecture but LonWorks, ZigBee to build a total solution. We are focusing on Energy Management and Remote Management. We were also the choice of SCU (Santa Clara University) for the Solar Decathlon project. Robert, we are in Sunnyvale and would love to have you visit our location.

  11. The idea of an automated house fits well for me, coz of the comfort that gives a certain person of just sitting on one spot and just by the click of the remote you can do multiple task at the same time and without lifting a thing.

  12. The idea of an automated house fits well for me, coz of the comfort that gives a certain person of just sitting on one spot and just by the click of the remote you can do multiple task at the same time and without lifting a thing.

  13. Not everyone can appreciate automated living, and i wonder why? It seems like any home automaton products can compete with the needs of most Amercians esp. when it comes to home theater needs.

    — Dorie Ellwell

  14. Not everyone can appreciate automated living, and i wonder why? It seems like any home automaton products can compete with the needs of most Amercians esp. when it comes to home theater needs.

    — Dorie Ellwell