I’ll be honest, I’d love a Star Trek LCARS themed solution like this
However, looking for the prettiest (not most functional) solution to replace my current Kindle Fire entry control system. Even though I’m Windows centric, I’ll even look at buying a used iPad or Android tablet device if it provides a great experience.
I use Grasshopper on my Phone and Tablet which is super quick (especially with Live tile shortcuts) and super functional. However, it doesn’t have any of the pretty graphs that I saw in ImperiHome.
I’m a Windows guy as well (work at Microsoft), and currently use Grasshopper as well, although have been playing with AutHomationHd thru a few borrowed Android tablets (as well as on Win8 thru Bluestacks). I really like the UX… pretty flexible. ImperiHome looks interesting, but would likely need a larger tablet (+ 9") to get the most from their dashboard view.
Well us Windows guys need to stick together on a Linux based HA platform
At a high level, I’m looking for a large “glance pane” for the following:
Show the Front Door Camera so I can view it before I get to the door. Allow other cameras if needed.
Home Status (that allow scene activation if on or off)
** Shields Up = Door Locked and Closed.
** Long Range Sensors = Outdoor Motion Alerts Enabled
(I have screen pop alerts on TV and then it show the camera…which has has WAF problems when I’m working on the lawn and her show is interrupted every few minutes)
** Hull Integrity = Shock, Door & Window Sensors Tripped
** Life Support Systems - Temperature and Humidity (and possibly CO2 of I ever get a Netamo)
** Short Range Planetary Sensors - Outside Temp, Humidity, and Weather Forecast
** Engineering = Energy Meter
** Holodeck - Will need a plugin to MediaBrowser (or XBMC) to list movies or TV
** Reminder Area - For myriad of reminders or variables
** Red Alert Button - To remind the other person to go, dinner is ready, etc.
To Agile and TC1… a very funny coincidence, as i was literally just talking to a guy at work about both of these.
I’ve been looking at the Evolve as well… and agree it’s pricey. My other issue is that i need local load control if i use it on the wall. The guy i chatted with gave me a great idea to use an Aeon in-wall dimmer for the load, and then install the evolve over top, eliminating the local switch. Pricey, but would be a great way to do it (and get rid of my Leviton’s). Agile, have you played with the beta plug-in for the Evolve? Looks really promising.
TCI… i LOVE The bRightswitch idea… I just dont’ want to wait 3-5 months. And i must say, having a real/tactile button to turn on/off lights and scenes helps the wife factor quite a bit!
the bRights do everything right (IMO). They are basically mini- Android tablets with matching load controllers, designed to fit a standard switch box. Plus built-in camera, occupancy sensor, mic and speaker. You could have unlimited virtual controllers on the same physical interface. Powered by the house current. For about $100 or less. They solve so many issues.
We’re still recovering from Sandy, so I can afford to wait. Lot’s of new things in the HA world coming to market this year.
As long as it operates like a “dimmer” as my current switches do, then for the price I paid ($73.33/each for 6 blues), then I think I’ll be happy as they are about the same price as levitons or cheaper. Also considering that as long as they are android based and they get access to the Google Play Store, I could easily install Authomation or ImperiHome and get even more functionality from it.
I do agree that it will likely take a bit to get the “extra” sensor info into the Vera for us (via plugins). That I can wait for. I’m not sure I really bought into them for the other stuff they added (Skype, Pandora, etc), so if those don’t work right out of the box, I think I’d be ok with it as I was really just hoping to pop Imperihome or AutHomation on them.
And hopefully they hold true to their word to me that they decided to take my advice and add a phono plug to it somewhere. This way you could also add it to a whole house audio setup. For some reason they are only adding it to the Bluetooth model, which I think it a mistake (it can’t be that expensive and Android should support it natively).
Either way, I’m hoping to possibly test running it to a central location for WHA, I’m not sure how being so close to the main power will affect it, but we’ll see. If it doesn’t work, then at least I got them to add it for free, so no loss to me!
I’m starting to think about doing this on my own. I’m a Windows house, and you can get no contract Lumia 520’s for $59. It’s a great phone, and already runs Sonos, Grasshopper, Skype, etc. You’d still have to work the same power issues as with tablets, and maybe not quite a cool looking, but should work pretty well.