Home Automation – More than just the interface

I am a fan of Smart Home Technology and there are some cool apps via Apple App Store developed by home automation integration manufacturers such as Savant Systems, Control4, HomeSeer, and HAI that will allow you to control your home via an iPod Touch, iPhone, and the new iPad. But in my hastiness to show you what an iPad can do outside of just playing games, watching video, reading books and sending an email/tweet or two, I may have incorrectly given folks the idea that all you need is an app...

Yes your iPhone CAN control your house

Last night, I attended a business networking event in my area (I moonlight as a residential A/V installer). While I was working the room, I kept hearing myself repeat "yes you can control your home with an iPhone." The folks thought that was pretty cool. But the problem I kept running into with the conversations was that it was hard to try to describe how it can be done in a relatively loud and crowded area with relatively lound and inebriated people. Can't really blame them for wanting...