Archive for July, 2012

WiFi thermostat from Lennox


Heating and cooling company Lennox launched its new device – WiFi enabled thermostat icomfort. It allows home owners control cooling or heating in one click directly from device (thanks to color touchscreen) or remotely via web interface or smartphone application.

The icomfort not just control heating, air-conditioning, air purification systems or dehumidifiers but it can notify consumers or installers about repairs or maintenance needs. Also it displays a real-time weather information plus five days forecast for better adjustment of temperature. The Lennox thermostat automatically checks firmware updates and allows skin customization to fit in your style.

[via SlashGear]

Monitoring of power consumption with EnergyBuddy

FutureDash EnergyBuddy

There is a plenty of ways to measure and control the power consumption in the individual houses or apartments. In my mind, the best is TED so far. But new product of Cali-based startup FutureDash called EnergyBuddy has all chances to be better. The main square box indicates the power consumption level by different colors. It has Ethernet and WiFi module to connect to your network. Power measurement is done by clips with module for whole house or SmartPlug module for specific device/appliance. Both transmit data to the EnergyBuddy using ZigBee wireless technology. Additionally to color indications you can use smartphone, tablet or PC to see different kinds of graphs and charts as well as control SmartPlug modules remotely.

The EnergyBuddy can be pre-ordered at Indiegogo. So, don’t miss a change to be one of the fist EnergyBuddy owners and help FutureDash release it in production.

[via Engadget]

INSTEON is coming to Europe!

Insteon in UK

After repeated promises INSTEON is coming to European market. According to AutomatedHome, the first modules for Europe standards will be available this Summer! Following type of INSTEON product will be offered:

  • Hub (internet and computer gateway, works with free mobile apps as well as pc/mac software)
  • Plug in on/off
  • Plug in dimmer
  • Micro on/off
  • Micro dimmer
  • Micro shutter controller
  • Din on/off
  • Din dimmer
  • Mini remote 4 scene
  • Mini remote switch
  • Thermostat
  • 0-10V Dimmer/relay (fluorescents)