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iPhone Home Automation Control Apps
April 1, 2009 By Brent Butterworth
Your iPhone now controls everything those big home automation touchscreens can — from anywhere in the world.
A recent innovation is going to make your life a whole lot better — or a whole lot worse.
It all depends on how you feel about the iPhone.
Everyone who owns an iPhone loves it. The lovers like the intuitive interface, the sleek design and the ability to connect to anything anywhere. But everyone who doesn’t own an iPhone hates it. The haters are annoyed when iPhone enthusiasts spend every waking hour playing with their phones and when they go on and on about how great the iPhone is.
For the iPhone haters, life is about to get even more miserable.
When the iPhone launched in 2007, some home automation engineers noticed that it’s not much different from the touchscreens and web tablets that companies like AMX and Crestron use to control lighting, audio/video, etc.
It’s just a lot smaller and has a cell phone built in. A few million lines of computer code later and the engineers had something of which only futurists had dared to dream: a way to control almost everything in your house from a pocket-sized remote.
Like home automation touchscreens, the iPhone has the potential to command any electronic component that can be remotely controlled. Lights. Audio. Video. Heating. Air conditioning. Security. Spas. Swimming pools. Movie stars. (If only!)
The interface varies from company to company, but the basic premise is always the same. Open the iPhone application for home control.
Touch a button on the main menu screen to open up a menu with more specific control options. For example, Crestron’s app offers on-screen buttons for such categories as Media, Lights and Climate.
Touch one of these buttons and you can choose to control specific devices in those categories — a Blu-ray player in your home theater, the ceiling speakers in your bedroom or the track lighting in your den.
Although the iPhone offers the same level of control as a big touchscreen, its size opens up entirely new possibilities in home automation.
The iPhone is designed to nestle unnoticed in your pocket, while big touchscreens from AMX and Crestron are intended to sit atop tables or mount flush in a wall.
The iPhone’s extreme portability makes it “a fundamental game changer,” as Savant Systems president and cofounder Jim Carroll put it. No longer do you have to find a touchscreen if you want to dim a light. No longer do you have to lug a bulky wireless touchscreen around if you want convenient control. Simply reach into your pocket, pull out your iPhone, punch a few buttons and your entire home obeys your every command.
The only limit is the range of your home’s WiFi network, which is what the iPhone uses to communicate with your home automation system. And of course, if WiFi extenders can expand a network’s range to cover an entire hotel, they can do the same for any house.
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