Archive for May, 2008

Will replace Lua Ruby in LinuxMCE?

Today I found this discussion on the LinuxMCE developer forum about a search of light alternative for Ruby. Ruby is used to implement the custom logic of new devices added in the system. It’s called Generic Serial Device or GSD. Ruby is good for that purpose except it’s heavy a bit. So, the idea is to find something lighter but with the same embedded properties to provide basic home automation control and a/v control on a very cheap platform.

The Lua seems a good option. It’s simple, easy embedded and light. So, most probably it’ll chosen by LinuxMCE developers. Because there are more positive responses so far.

I developed an interface on Ruby between custom controller, based on ICPDAS, and LinuxMCE. I like Ruby because it looks like Perl. And I didn’t spend a lot of time to learn it. Haven’t seen any row of code by Lua yet. But if it’ll replace Ruby in GSD will port the interface to the new language. Or maybe Ruby and Lua will be available in GSD both. In any case will see.

Windows Media Center and CinemaNow integration

CinemaNow  For Windows Media Center

Good news for all movies fans who own Windows Media Center. Now you can watch more than 3400 selections of movies, TV shows and music videos on your media center thanks for offered extender.

Once you install the CinemaNow extender you’ll able to watch selected movie or TV show (pay-per-view), download it to your media center (download-to-own) or get legal DVD copy (burn-to-DVD).

The price is very reasonable. So, you need just a high speed Internet connection which is not something unreal today.

[via CEPro]

OmniMount Low Profile Series was expanded

OmniMount

Recently OmniMount expanded its Low Profile Series of mounts. It added three models of fixed mounts there.

Low Profile Series mounts are available in medium, large, and extra-large models and allow to hang TV just 1.5 inches away from the wall.

Pricing for the new fixed mounts are $149.95 (LPHDM-F), $199.95 (LPHDL-F) and $249.95 (LPHDX-F).

[via CEpro]

Z-Wave Web-Enabled Door Lock

Z-Wave Web-Enabled Door Lock

Well-known producer of door locks Schlage is planning to add more intelligent in its products. It’s going to add Z-Wave-based looks line to provide consumers connect them to existing home automation systems or just manage them remotely via Internet.

The new product will be based on Schlage’s line of keypad locks and will have two-way Z-Wave RF technology built in. The battery-operated locks communicate with a Z-Wave gateway that connects to any broadband router. Since Z-Wave is a standards-based protocol, other Z-Wave-compatible controllers could operate the locks as well.

Remember that LinuxMCE has basic Z-Wave interface. So, you can try the new Schlage’s Z-Wave door lock when it’ll be released.

[via CEPro]

New Sonos ZP120 Photos

New Sonos

AutomatedHome recently published photos of new amplified Zoneplayer Sonos ZP120. Sonos is gonna release updated version of its music system soon. ZP120 will be more compact then its predecessor ZP100, and will equiped by new 802.11n chipset providing much improved wireless range and speed. Un-amplified Zoneplayer ZP90 will have built-in WiFi adapter. And only CR100 controller won’t be changed at all (at least as it’s known now). So, will see how new Sonos set will be compared with previous one and with its competitors: commercial and open source.

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