HomeLogic developes iPhone-line GUI for their system

The user interface for upcoming HomeLogic controller and touchscreen platforms will mimic poplar Apple smarthome iPhone. It should be interesting not only iPhone owners and fans but for all who like comfort and intuitive GUI. See it on the demo video below.

[via CEPro]

HomeLogic’s iPhone/iPod Touch App

HomeLogic Mobile Control App

HomeLogic offers an unique possibility to play with its iPhone/iPod Touch application. It provides a full control of HomeLogic home automation system from any place in the world where WiFi or 3G connection exists. More over you shouldn’t spend money to buy and install the system (at least know). In opposition to that HomeLogic grants an access to the demo system. So, you’ll see how it works in practice.

By the way, after reading an information about HomeLogic home control system and viewing its screenshots, personally I like it. It’d be nice to hear opinion about it from people who own the system or at least test it.

[via Unplggd]

Elan acquired HomeLogic

Elan Acquires HomeLogic

Elan, well-known preeminent provider of home automation, communications, and multiroom A/V systems, has acquired an innovator in IP-based home control HomeLogic.

Once I explored HomeLogic via its web site when I was searching for ideas for an interface to my irrigation system. I was really impressed by a quality of user interface and a bunch of supported 3rd part systems like Rain8, for example. It covers all areas of home: lighting, entertainment, security, climate control, pool/spa, irrigation. Moreover, if I understand clearly the HomeLogic is multi-platform system. It’s based on Java technologies and can be run on Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista(?), Macintosh OX9/OSX and Linux.

Elan Home Systems concentrates on home entertainment mostly and according to CePro it has been perhaps a little slow on the IP uptake. So, the new alliance will be useful for both.

As I see currently commercial, proprietary systems are on the top. But I suspect that the future belongs to open source projects such MisterHouse, Plutohome or LinuxMCE. The main advantages of them are ability to test them, huge range of supported hardware (not proprietary only) and a bug number or users/tester/developers who can improve original system dramatically! But there are disadvantages too: pure user interface, unstable work, needed some programming/admin background. But it’s just a matter of time.