iBracket makes iPad more attractive for home automation


You already may know howto replace expensive AMX control panel using iPad and iRidium. Now with iBracket from Gravity Switch you’ll able to mount iPad on the wall and make it similar in design to original AMX control panel. The iBracket is available in a range of 14 colours including polished anodized aluminum. Gravity Switch promises to offer soon wood and plastic finishes as well as metal. Additionally the iBracket can include four built-in speakers. So, you’ll able to use it as intercom.

Sure the price in $349 for basic unit and $399 for unit with speakers is not a cheap. But a combination iPad and iBracket still can save your money. At lot of your money.

[via AutomatedHome]

Control of AMX system from iPad using iRidium

iRidium on the iPad

Iridium mobile team is proud to introduce you a new version of iRidium program for AMX and iPad / iPhone / iPod. The new version is available on AppStore! Remind you that iRidium transforms iPad / iPhone / iPod into the “native” AMX system control panel. iRidium allows you to operate such subsystems as: lighting, heating, climate control, video-surveillance, security, audio-video, multimedia-server.

Also iRidium allows you to use an existing design created for AMX panels. This design will be loaded on iPad / iPhone / iPod and you can immediately operate your home automation system after that.
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Mac OS X widget to control Boxee

Boxee Remote 1.0

This simple dashboard widget for Mac OS X allows to control your Boxee box remotely from your laptop over local network. It offers following functions: navigation, playback and volume control. Internally the widget uses XBMC HTTP API and works fine with Boxee Alpha You may download it here.

XHub: Media Center for Mac

XHub Media Center

XHub Media Center is one of the most popular and success alternatives to Apple’s Front Row software. Just for $24.95 it gives possibility for all Apple computers owners to turn their Macs into media center. XHub offers all usual PVR functionality: watch, paused and record live TV, playback DVD, listen music and Internet radio stations, shows pictures.

It’s fully customizable with themes and can be controlled by a Bluetooth/WiFi-enabled cell phone or PDA. It also supports remotes from Apple, ATI, Keyspan and many other manufacturers.

Mac Mini now with Core 2 Duo

Mac Mini with Core 2 Duo

Apple refreshed its Mac Mini. It’s available in two basic configurations, the first of which includes a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, and an 80GB hard drive for $599, while $200 more will buy you a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo, the same 1GB of RAM, and a 120GB hard drive. Both units come with Front Row and an Apple Remote, iLife ’08, OS X 10.4, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, and the same cute box which I like.

Unfortunately, it’s still impossible to boot Plutohome Media Director on Mac Mini via PXE. Hope LinuxMCE will fill that gap. It’d be great to use such perfect inside and outside device as a part of Linux-based smarthome system.

[via Engadget]

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