Projector Reviews & Smart Home Automation: What We’re Doing

Projector Reviews & Smart Home Automation

Welcome to Projector Reviews newest endeavor: Smarter Home Automation.  Home automation has routinely started in many homes in the home theater.  As we review more home projectors suitable for rooms other than dedicated theaters, it seemed natural to look at how to control other aspects of the whole home.  Officially, we’re looking at getting this project moving in September, after we chase all the bugs out of our newly redesigned site.

The "Dream Home Project"

In order to launch our efforts, we will begin with a Dream Home Project, where we will work with an existing home and focus on automating lighting, audio and video including a home theater, HVAC (heating), and security.  Our home automation focus will try to be smarter home automation rather than more expensive.  We plan to control virtually everything we can with iOS devices – iPhones, IPads…  We may in fact use some “old school” such as Crestron or Control4 type systems, at least in the theater, but for most of the rest of our home automation project, we’re looking to work with newer standards, including Z-Wave, Zigbee, and others.

In the next few weeks we’ll show you the home we’re automating, and talking about some of the systems we are thinking of using, such as Nest thermostats and Philips Hue LED lighting.

If the tech becomes practical and affordable, I’d even like to see if our “smarter” home automation can – by the time the Dream Home project is finished 18 months from now – tie in facial recognition to the security system.

The home already has extensive use of RGB LED lighting, indoors and out, but controllers are individually controlled by their own remotes.  We will integrate all that into the “smarter” home automation, so that they too can be controlled by iPads and the like.  We chose iOS because we’re Apple users.  I’m fairly sure that most of what we end up with could be handled with Android systems instead.

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"Smarter" Home Automation

“Smarter” Home Automation:   Automating a home in an affordable manor.  In this project we may not have the ultimate integration – a single application (such as Crestron), to rule every device.  Although that’s ideal, if it takes two or three “apps” to automate the whole home, we think most folks will find that a fine trade-off if the alternative is a far more extensive system.  We want to home automate spending a few thousand here and there, rather than tens and tens of thousands.   We’ll do our best to deliver on that.

I’m counting on it.  -art

News And Comments

  • Peter

    Looking forward to this. I just installed so far 25 devices to run on http://www.smartthings.com I also have about 60 control4 light switches. I’ll be using control4 for the video/music/shades, but smartthings for flood sensors, motion detectors, & exterior lights.