Archive for March, 2007

GSM Doorbell

GSM doorbell

Smarthome cannot be without smart doorbell. You can find wireless doorbells, with support MP3, working like IP phone. So, you can find anything you want. But the Dutch wireless start-up Waleli surprised announsing its new product – The Waleli GSM doorbell.
This doorbell is a clever application for GSM mobile phone technology, allowing people to answer their doorbell, talk to visitors, and even open the door, whether they are at home or not. All via their GSM mobile phones.
The GSM Doorbell looks like any other doorbell you might find on a house. When a caller pushes the GSM Doorbell, it rings the resident’s mobile phone via the international GSM network. The visitor can talk to the resident via the small intercom panel next to the bell push. The GSM doorbell can also be linked to an electronic door release, allowing the resident to unlock the front door from the mobile phone keypad, using a secret code.
When the householder is at home and doesn’t need the GSM mobile functionality, the GSM doorbell can be switched to normal doorbell mode with a single keypush.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Plutohome is out!

pluto logo The new version of home automation system Plutohome was released last week. The version contains only bugfixes (you an see a full change log here). I waited this version because a) it contains a MythTV package built with support DVB and b) the problem with sending OFF event to the GSD device was fixed there.
Additionally, the OpenGL libraries were removed from the dependencies of SDL Orbiter. So, now it’s possible to build Plutohome Orbiter for Nokia770 (N800) for os2006/2007. You can find binary files here.
There is a serious problem in the Plutohome – upgrade to the new version. It causes a lot of problems. I suspect that it’ll be much better to stay on some version (but it’s difficult – basically there is not s stable version of Plutohome) and do a fresh installation when it needs in upgrade. But all custom stuff – scenarios, GSD devices, Ruby code etc transfer manually using some scripts.
Anyway, we have to reinstall our server to have all functionality working properly.

Yet another touchscreen panel for home automation

PMG Quadpad

Here is another good candidate for stationary control panel for your home automation system – portable multimedia gadget (PMG) Quadpad.

Product specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Hard disk: 40 GB up to 80 GB
  • Memory: 256MB DDR / 512MB DDR
  • Video RAM: S3 UMA (AGP 8x LVDS interface)
  • System: Whizpro bios, APM 1.2
  • Communications: Wireless – wi-fi 802.11b/g & bluetooth integrated, modem – 56kbps V.92 MDC, LAN Realtek 10/100 base-t
  • Sound: AC-97 audio on board sound,16-bit stereo, full duplex built-in speaker and microphone
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP home edition
  • Display: 8.4 inch TFT LCD touch panel SVGA 800 x 600
  • Expansion I/O: 3 USB 2.0 port, 1 IRDA port, 1 earphone jack, 1 microphone jack, 1 PCMCIA type II slot, 1 mini VGA output port, 10 hot key – quick access button and directional buttons
  • Accessories: Smart case, stylus pen, AC/DC adapter
  • Battery: Removable Li-ion standard battery pack (up to 3 hrs)
  • AC adapter: Input – AC 100-240V 50/60 Hz, output – DC 16V, 3.13A
  • Dimensions: 231 mm x 192 mm x 42 mm
  • Weight: 1.19 kg (with battery)
  • Certification: FCC/CE

No any words about availability and price.

[via Ideal Gadget]

ITU Approves HomePNA 3.1 as a Global Multimedia Home Networking Standard

HomePNA announced today that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has standardized the HomePNA 3.1 multimedia home networking specification, making HomePNA the only internationally standardized existing-wire home networking technology. HomePNA 3.1 enables service providers to offer high-speed, triple-play Internet services over both phone wires and coaxial cables at speeds up to 320 megabits per second.

ITU standards promote technology adoption because they facilitate interconnectivity and enable telecommunication services to be provided on a worldwide scale. While the ITU standardizes technology at the global level, HomePNA members develop, promote and certify market-worthy technology.

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Kinchen is going to be social


Social networks are very popular this time. You can find many ones according to your preferences. The funny thing is that social networks leave virtual space and go to real world. The Yummy Kitchen Connect can be a good example of this thesis:

“Yummy is a kitchen community device. It connects the kitchen to the cooking network and food blogosphere. It recommends you a good lunch, according to your food supply, current diet and receipes from the web. Yummy is specially designed for the kitchen. No waste of space : it fits on the wall. It is designed to enhance standing interactions (fast and simple operations) in the kitchen.”

[via Ubergizmo]

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