Ever since rumors of an Apple tablet started many months ago, I have dreamed of a day when we could use one as a remote control to run everything in our house.
remote control, in conjunction with the home automation system to control my home, and even went as far as creating specific web pages formatted specifically for a Nokia 770
touchscreen tablet we have mounted in the kitchen (as seen in our first video post). The iPhone, iTouch, Harmony, and Nokia are all great devices, but none of them are perfectly suited for the task of total home control. The iPad is perfect for this task. First off, if you have one, I imagine you will use it frequently, and I can picture this as a device you will have on the coffee table or couch, always near by for quick email checking, or a short post to Facebook or Twitter. Since you will be using it like this, and it will be close by most of the time, it is perfect to run your home. The great thing about Indigo is that you can create different web pages, as many as you want, with varying sizes and resolutions, and it integrates with Insteon and X-10. When combined with Applescripts, the possibilities are endless. Over your homes wifi network, the iPad can control the infrared devices via iRed on your Mac, as well as control iTunes and all the other devices (lights/appliances) in your home. All of this technology is available today! I know I enjoy using my Harmony 1000 to press one button to run an action group called “Watch a Movie”. It turns on the correct devices in my AV rack, switches to the correct inputs, loads the movie, dims the lights, and arms the security system. Since I am always within arms reach of my iPhone, and assume it will be the same with my iPad, I can’t wait to be able to control everything from it while on the couch checking email or my security cameras. If Steve Jobs has his way, this will be a device we will have in several rooms in our house, making it even more convenient as a home automation interface.
There are a lot of Apple naysayers out there. Irregardless of what Apple introduced Wednesday, they would have complained. I for one am very excited to get my hands on one, and use it to control my entire home and I think this new gadget will revolutionize home automation interfaces.