Open-source iPhone plan to control your home
JBoss disrupter returns
Two open-source heavyweights and their team have announced a proof-of-concept milestone to control all your home gadgets from an iPhone and iPod touch.
The project, OpenRemote, is being shepherded by Marc Fleury whose middleware start-up JBoss ran circles around the closed-source app server big boys before becoming the subject of heated courtship by Oracle and Red Hat, and Mark Spencer of open-source Voice over IP provider Digium.
The OpenRemote community recently announced that it had created its first "end-to-end prototype," which uses iPhone Native Console software to send commands to the community's OpenRemote Box (ORB) over Wi-Fi.
A glance at the X10 website, which is chock-full of bodacious babes hawking cameras, security systems, lighting controllers and more, may not inspire confidence in the maturity of the home automation community. However, the OpenRemote folks really are serious developers - as might be evidenced by Fleury's experience with the JBoss Community.
With such a strong pedigree, and Fleury's reputation for plain speaking, it's a sure bet that the OpenRemoters aren't simply blowing smoke when they describe their end-to-end prototype as "a proof of concept that actually works (imagine that!)." ®
The House That Roared?
Technologies that use home wiring for control or communications are subject to power line noise and even signals picked up from nearby radio transmitters. Imagine pressing the button to stop filling the baht and finding on arrival it was ignored; gives new meaning to the term "car pool."
Or 80 dB of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" at 0230. Ow!
Something wrong with my ears?
Did somebody utter "open" and "iphone" in the same sentence?
Paris, for she loves oxymorons.
Ten years? I recall Stirling Moss on TV in the eighties demonstrating his ability to control his house from his car phone, to the extent of running himself a bath as he drove home.
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