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1  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Insteon, Z-Wave and Apps on: May 03, 2011, 08:27:02 pm
I totally agree.  Hence
The point is that the user experience is what's important.
2  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Insteon, Z-Wave and Apps on: May 03, 2011, 07:58:51 pm
  Just re-read your comment from months ago - must have missed the first part of your question.

The web service lets you relay commands of all types to and from the Arduino.  Although there are 'canned' options, you could conceptually do anything from requesting sensor data to triggering a relay on the easily accessible headers or communicating with a custom sketch.
All of this functionality is also accessible through the web, apps and just about any other modern programming language.
You could also use it to trigger 'webhooks' that open up the capability to all sorts of notification and alarm capabilities.

I hope that finally answers your question.
Sorry to have missed it the first time.
3  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Insteon, Z-Wave and Apps on: May 03, 2011, 07:46:23 pm
  Where to begin... Throw out the operating system and all of a sudden things run faster and more reliably than you ever imagined they could.  If you were a less active member of the forum, I would challenge your understanding of what the Arduino can do.
  For that matter, we've built it and with the connection to the Cloud it's more than a solid platform.  As high-end home automation systems cost thousands, this isn't really a question of racing to the bottom on price. Rather I would argue we can offer the best of what other systems can do with a new user experience.
  If you still think that other product on the market have it just right, I would encourage you to talk to the owners of those systems...
You will find more than a few people looking for more.

Best Wishes,
4  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Insteon, Z-Wave and Apps on: April 13, 2011, 12:20:03 pm
Thanks Ethan. 

We've put out a new video showing some stuff we've been working on.

Experimental App Video

I'm also looking for some beta testers and people interested in joining the project. Send me an email (danny at and let me know a little about yourself if you're interested.

For that matter, I'm curious what people would like to see... Reply with suggestions/thoughts/comments below.


See Custom CTRL on Kickstarter

5  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Internet Control of Arduino on: March 18, 2011, 11:29:10 pm
One of the variations CustomCTRL is bringing to Arduino is sustaining the connection to the server, so the results happen in a fraction of a second.
When you think about the time it takes to load a webpage, it's still amazing to me that the data can be relayed so rapidly...

6  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: Internet Control of Arduino on: March 18, 2011, 05:01:04 pm
As another option (sorry to re-post):

We're creating a free web-service that relays messages through a cloud server.
We'll post more details soon, but the Arduino essentially authenticates and establishes an ongoing connection to the server.

It's great because it does not require any network configuration.
No need to use a local static address, open up your firewall to setup port forwarding, remember your temporary IP address, configure Dynamic DNS, or pay an exorbitant rate for a static IP.

Check out the project:
7  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Insteon, Z-Wave and Apps on: March 18, 2011, 11:35:28 am
We're working on a project to make Arduino into a Home Automation powerhouse.

We've created a free web service that connects an arduino through the internet without the need to punch a hole in your firewall, remember your IP, setup Dynamic DNS or pay an exorbitant fee for a static IP.

Also, we're adding Insteon and Z-Wave functionality through serial connections to a Dual Band PowerLinc Modem from SmartLabs and the HomePro ZCS101/201 with lots of sample code.

Check out the project here:

8  Development / Other Hardware Development / Arduino Compatible Device for Apps and Automation on: March 14, 2011, 10:46:11 pm

I’ve been working on an Arduino compatible device to work as a finished product.  Out of the box, it’s designed to link to mobile apps and make home automation more accessible.  Right now, I’m working to get it into production via Kickstarter:

For less than the cost of an Uno, ethernet shield, plug and shipping, you can give your Arduino project a finished look, remote internet access and a host of new functionality.

 In the spirit of the platform, hardware design files and software for the device will all be released open source.  There should also be a fair amount of flash space left on the Atmega and a handful of Analog and Digital I/O headers for adding to the code.

Importantly, it will add Z-Wave, Insteon and some Zigbee HA capabilities to the Arduino platform.  Arduino does X10 well, but X10 leaves a lot to be desired.  We’ve also releasing a free web-service that relays messages, giving the benefit of dynamic DNS without the router configuration. 

Take a look at the site, support if you are interested and let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or ideas.

Daniel Kleinman
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