iPad and Other Portable Touch Screen Technology Breathes New Life Into Home Automation Market

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love gadgets. From Media Servers to lighting control and talking alarm panels I have always been one to play around with technology. I even look back to when I decided to get into the Alarm Industry, I was 20 years old and interested in Robotics… Why? Because it seemed cool to have a machine do stuff for you. So why Alarms? Well, the Security Alarm Installation course information was on the reverse side of the Robotics brochure. At the time, I had no idea Security Alarm Systems would lead to Home Automation and Distributed Audio but I did find myself playing around with Relays and timers to make my own versions of Security and Lighting integration. (In the “Early days”…. I’m only 40 and I’m sounding more like my parents every day, not really a bad thing.)

Now back to the topic at hand… The iPad and how it has opened up a whole new market in the Home Automation, Distributed Audio and Security marketplace. To start off, I will talk a little about the history of Home Automation.

Home Automation is not really a new concept, Automating Building functions has long been the mainstay of the HVAC and Production facility industries. Using electronics to perform various routine tasks by way of motors, relays, switches and photo beams is really not all to much different from the Modern Home Automation systems. Of course, installing a production facility grade automation system into the average home would be financially unfeasible for most, so the Home Automation industry relied on consumer grade powerline lighting control systems such as X-10.

Anyone familiar with X-10 and the various other earlier versions of Line Carrier technology will know of the inherent weaknesses of the technology. Basically, the premise behind Line Carrier Technology was sending coded information down the powerline to control specialized light switches and modules. This way, lighting could be controlled without the need to run any additional wiring. Sounds great right? well not really. The problem with the old Line Carrier technology was the limitation in the number of codes combined with a lack of stability and sources of outside interference. Simply put, with the old technology, your lights may turn on completely on their own, or they may not turn on at all. Back then, the only other option would be to install low voltage relay’s and run additional wiring in the home or install a high end building automation system which would not be financially feasible for the average new home construction and pretty much a non-option in a retro-fit situation.

Nowadays, new versions of lighting control such as UPB (A digital version of the original Powerline technology), Radio Ra, Lutron and many others offer various ways of automating your lighting. Even Canadian Security Alarm Manufacturer, Paradox has jumped into the Automation market with Shmuel and Gang’s recent creation, the Paradox Imperial Security Alarm System. Much like building automation systems, the Paradox Imperial Security Alarm/Automation System relies on Low Voltage Communication Bus modules to control electrical devices in your home. When combined with a Security Alarm System which can monitor activity in certain rooms, The Paradox Imperial Controller ends up being sort of a Green Machine in that it conserves energy by controlling your home lighting based on if you are at home, on vacation or even in the room in question.

Other systems, such as HAI, Elk and Colorado V-Net go one step further by integrating temperature control and Audio / Video Distribution into the equation (Control 4 also has a touch screen Automation system, however I prefer the more professional grade systems such as HAI, Elk, Colorado VNet, and Paradox Imperial – as the price point is generally better and they are usually built better.) So not only can your security alarm system protect your home from intruders, a properly integrated system can also control your lighting, temperature, Video Surveillance, Multi-room Audio, Garage door, hot tub and more through one interface allowing these systems to work together in “Seamless harmony.”

So what about the iPad, you ask. Well, the most expensive part to many home automation systems is the Touch Screen Keypads. Although you do not need to have a touch screen keypad to control your Home Automation system, depending in your system, standard keypads, telephone, smart phones, PDA’s, universal remotes and your Home PC are some of the ways you can control and customize your Home Automation System. The problem with some of these, though, is accessibility. Having to walk over to your keypad or computer often takes away from the convenience offered by Automating your Home.

Enter the iPad. At about half the price of your average Automation System Touchscreen Keypad, your iPad and the appropriate iPad Security / Automation Ap will provide you with a convenient user friendly interface to all your Home Automation Functions. From turning your Security Alarm System onto Night Mode or Unlocking your front door to Controlling your Temperature, Lighting and Home Audio Distribution the iPad and one of the many Home Automation Systems offered by some select security alarm companies the control is now in conveniently placed in your hands to take with you wherever you go. Yes, if you like, you can even access your Home Automation System from a remote location via the Internet or a Standard Touch Tone phone. With many systems, you can even call in and listen in to your home to either talk to your pets or verify an Alarm occurrence. So really, it is almost like having your own personal Robot Butler… Strange how things work out eh!

In addition to the iPad there are now several Android OS Aps available for many of the Home Automation Systems on the market.

Streaming And Home Automation – What’s The Latest In The Market?

The home automation technology is widely available in the form of consumer products in some of the rich countries of the world. People are living in futuristic homes fitted out with home automation systems. Even though these systems are comparatively new, they are gaining popularity among people who lead a hectic life. Home automation makes their lives a little easier, even though it may be an expensive proposition.

Technology has provided us with many gadgets and devices to simplify our lives. As yet, there may not be robots to perform the daily chores of cooking and washing, but home automation makes it easier to perform these tasks and in general makes life a bit simpler. It is possible to remotely switch on air conditioners or the washing machine to perform its tasks or even to record your favorite television program in your absence, with the help of home automation technology. This technology enables the user to control the electronic devices in the home from wherever they are.

The home automation system allows you manage your tasks much easily. For instance, before leaving the office, you can preset many things, just by registering into your home automation account. You can simply click the icons designated for a particular device in your home, by determining the status of some of the tasks by checking out the security camera monitor. You can start these tasks if you have forgotten to do so, just by the click of the icon, and the chores will be completed by the time you reach home.

Such home automation systems can make life easy. The systems are connected to the Internet and the individual can access it through the internet, even though he or she may be far from home. They can check their homes once in a while to make sure that there are no security problems. The home automation system allows you to switch on the security system remotely from your office in case you may have forgotten to do so while leaving for work. The facility is advantageous for security purposes and guarantees peace of mind for the owner of the house.

Most people will like to know more about this amazing technology with a capability to reduce the workload and make life in general, comfortable by taking care of daily chores. The best way is to search the internet to find out information on the subject matter. More information on home automation systems is available in Streaming Media technology. It provides the distribution of audio, video and multimedia on demand on the Internet. Streaming media.com is a website that provides this facility to the manufacturers to display their products to their prospective buyers. In the home automation sector, information is provided and live demonstration of the product at work is shown on the internet. In this manner, prospective customers can make a selection of the best system suited to their needs.

Once you decide on automating your home and identify the areas that need automation, you can visit the streaming media website to see the products in action. This will give you a good idea of the working of the system. You may also read the customer reviews so that you can make an informed decision while buying a home automation system. Detailed reports on the latest development in technology are also available for those interested in it.

Wireless Home Automation System – The Total Control Is Under You!

Living in a home where all the devices can be controlled by a single control panel or a small remote control is not an idea from the movies. It is very much a reality. You would remember that televisions and computers were once believed to be the products of fiction. Today, you can fully automate your house and control your devices with the help of a single control panel.

Many people have installed home automation systems in their houses. The technology has proved to be a blessing for those who lead busy lives and has made their lives more comfortable and secure. You can use your home automation system to control each and every electronic appliance in your house.

Previously, home automation systems were not wireless. They were controlled by a hard-wired control panel. Thanks to advancement in the field of computer technology, wireless home automation systems are now available in the market to enhance the quality of life of people.

Automation manufacturers have now integrated wireless technology in their home automation solutions. Some of us have already used hard-wired automation systems. Now, just consider the benefits of wireless technology integrated into a home automation system.

A home automation system comprise three parts: a computer-like microprocessor, a structure wiring, and a connection center. A professional usually does the structured wiring and connects it to the connection center, within which the microprocessor is located. The microprocessor, which you control, in turn controls the entire automation system. The microprocessor has only one function–communicate with the devices in your house. It translates your commands in a language that your home devices can understand.

A wireless home automation system uses a touch screen wireless control panel, which you can carry with you. Consider the following scenario. You are watching a movie, and you suddenly remembered that you have left the kitchen lights on. You don’t have to get up and go to the kitchen, thereby interrupting your movie-watching experience. Simply touch an icon on your touch screen wireless control panel, and the lights in your kitchen will go off.

Certain home automation systems can be programed to respond to your voice. It records your voice first, and thereafter, obeys all your spoken commands. Besides the touch screen wireless control panel, you will be able to control your devices through your voice alone. Simply use a command and your computer will record and store it. When you give the same command again, your computer will match your voice with the stored recording, and will instantly turn off or turn on the respective lights or electronic device or watering system.

You can now connect your home automation system to the Internet. Irrespective of where you are, you can access the devices in your house via the Internet. For example, if you are caught in traffic, you can turn on your PDA, go online, and through the Internet, you can turn on your air conditioning to cool the temperature of your house, the music system to play your favorite music, and the coffee maker to make a cup of hot coffee for you. Once you reach home, you will find your home set to the perfect temperature while your favorite music greets your ears and a cup of freshly brewed coffee waits for you.

With a wireless home automation system, you can control what happens in your house irrespective of where you are. Home automations of the future might bring more wonders. Maybe future home automations will integrate robot technology, and one day, you will have your own personal robot to do all your work for you. Your robot might even have a hot dinner ready for you by the time you come home from work.

Technology has made life safe,secure, and easy. You can live in a “home of the future” today itself. Simply install a wireless home automation system.