Archive for August, 2006


CEDIA EXPO 2006 The trade show of Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) will take place 14 – 17 September 2006 in Denver, Colorado. This is the world’s #1 residential electronic systems industry show:

If you want the hottest, most profitable products for the residential electronic systems industry, you have to be at CEDIA EXPO. By the time your competition reads about these products or sees them somewhere else, you may have already cornered the market.

Many famouse companies are going to announce new hardware and software products there. Plutohome, the best open source home automation system, also will be showed on the exhibition. Let’s wish good luck to the Plutohome team!

We are going to keep an eye on show. So, be tuned!

Kelvin Talking Thermostat

Kelvin Talking Thermostat

Smarthome has announced Kelvin Talking Thermostat. It allows to control your home’s temperature just by speaking! The LCD display shows time, temperature, day of the week and other information. Also you can see there visual confirmations of the voice-activated commands. The thermostat allows to save different settings for the morning, day, the evening, and night. It’s quite enough to make appropriate temperature in home and save energy. There is a possibility to create different time and temperature profiles for every day of the week. Also, you can specially program the thermostat for weekends and vacations.
This thermostat is powered through your HVAC wiring and by four AA batteries. You can buy the Kelvin Talking Thermostat on just for $129.99.

[via Gizmos For Geeks]

Keyspan Cordless VoIP Phone

Keyspan Keyspan has released a Skype-compatible Cordless VoIP Phone. It has 15 hours of talk time, 1200 hours of standby time, USB/AAA power. The phone is Mac and PC (MS Windows) compatible. It lacks Linux users and it’s not good. Anyway, hope they will add Linux support.

Phone communicates with the computer over a 2.4 Ghz radio signal that works through walls and furniture. The LCD display shows who is online, Skype status, battery level, and signal quality.

The price is just $79.00.

Just another cleaning robot


Korean manufacturer Microrobot has released an UBOT. It’s cleaning robot similar to Roomba. Hovewer, unlike the Roomba, the UBOT is only intended for use on hard floors. A higher-end model is also available that features a “2D barcode navigation system,” which promises to clean rooms more efficiently.

The UBOT lacks some features which Samsung VC-RS60H has, for example. But I’m sure it’ll find its buyers.

[via Engadget]

Control IR devices via SMS


I came across this article posted by Serasidis Vasilis. It may help you to build your own IR remote controller which receive commands via SMS:

With this circuit we can controll up to 8 devices (4 devices in our example project), by sending a specific SMS message with any mobile phone. Its very usefull at the cases that, at the place we have the devices, we have not a wired telephone line. If you have an old ericsson mobile phone and you are not using it, its the time to build some useful with that. The controlling that we can do to the devices, it is ON , OFF or Reset.

[via Engadget]

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