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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. Last month, Switched On discussed two of the Android expansion initiatives announced at Google's I/O conference -- the relatively easy to execute Android Open Accessory program and the relatively difficult to execu...

June 26th 2011 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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We love us some home automation but sometimes we get the feeling that we're the only ones. Perhaps it isn't that no one wants home automation as much as it's that no one can get home automation; and if that's the case, Verizon's new Home Control might bring us all together. The idea is that Verizon...

January 7th 2011 at 2:39pm 0 Comments
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Although we usually think it is crazy when an iPod dock costs more than the iPod, this new one from iPort is pretty slick. Rather than just be an in-wall iPod dock that gives those with whole home audio and automation controllers two-way interaction with your music, this one doubles as a control p...

January 23rd 2010 at 4:13pm 0 Comments
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True, this ain't the first Dell Mini tablet hack we've laid eyes on -- but what we do have here is a pretty sweet mod by MyDellMini forum member "rock99rock" (must be his confirmation name). In addition to replacing his Dell Mini 9 display with a touchscreen kit, our man re-jiggered an ActionXL mot...

November 10th 2009 at 1:33am 0 Comments
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You'd like to sit around in your sofa while controlling every aspect of your home, huh? Thermostat, garage door, home theater system, whole-home audio volume, etc. -- if so, Control4 has the goods for you. The 7-Inch Table Top Touch Screen sports a 16:9 aspect panel, WiFi and Ethernet, though -- st...

February 17th 2009 at 7:52am 0 Comments
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You know you've living large when you purchase a home automation touchpanel that's bigger than some computer monitors. For those who firmly believe that bigger truly is better (without exception), Crestron has introduced the 17-inch Isys TPS-17G-QM, which offers up dual-window support, a WXGA resol...

February 9th 2009 at 2:45pm 0 Comments
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The world at large may be having some trouble with their credit, but Crestron customers are clearly not being affected. Just a day after the US government reported the worst jobless rate since 1945, the home automation company has come forward with its best month of sales in its 40 year history. Mo...

January 12th 2009 at 4:41pm 0 Comments
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If you've been turned off on home automation due to prohibitive startup costs, you aren't alone. And we'll be the first to admit that Colorado vNet's newest shipping solution isn't dirt cheap, though the functionality is sure nice for those that can swing it. The Vibe Video System works to store a...

December 5th 2008 at 9:56am 0 Comments
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NuVo Technologies and Exceptional Innovation have apparently found it within their hearts to team up in order to provide better integration between wares; after all, there's at least a decent chance that anyone with a remarkable home automation system is using kit from both of these firms. Starting...

November 10th 2008 at 11:34am 0 Comments
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If Embedded Automation's mPanel is the exception to high priced touch panels, ELAN's XP-8.4 is the rule. Granted, it does feature an 8.4-inch touch screen and it doesn't have to be mounted in your wall, but $3,350 is a lot of scratch no matter how you spin it. The WiFi-enabled device is now shippin...

October 28th 2008 at 5:39am 0 Comments