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Evolution in Home Control

Picking the right time to purchase electronic equipment is always a challenge! Is it going to be superseded next week or are you going to get a good few years out of it before its old technology? Its always tricky trying to pick the trends of what is going to work and what is going to stay current. Imagine being caught buying a HD-DVD player 3 years ago instead of a Blu-Ray. Home control had just taken a major evolutionary step and importantly, the next step is a long way off so if you take this step, you can be very confident that this step will not be superseded very quickly at all. The day of controlling everything using your phone or tablet is here!

The last 4 years have changed the entire way humans interact with the environment more than the last 20 years. Look around at people when you are having a coffee and count how many people are absorbed completely by their phone or tablet? Even scarier, look around your car when you are the next set of lights and look at how many people are reading their phone in between traffic lights. We have become information junkies and it is the biggest evolution in how humans interact in society since the internet.

The phone is becoming more and more powerful every day, not just computationally but functionally as well. The iPhone itself was nothing more than a sexy new interface, what has put it on the map is the Appstore. With over 100000 applications and quickly rising on Apple and Android quickly catching up, we can only begin to imagine some of the potential ideas that people around the world will come up with; it truly is an exciting time.

Automation in a home used to be the domain of the rich and famous because companies such as AMX and Crestron charged whatever they wanted because they had an essential monopoly on the market. With prices such as $4000+ for a touch screen and technicians charging from $150ex per hour, you had to be doing really well a few years ago to be one of the lucky few who had “Automation” in their house. The phone and tablet revolution has literally turned the automation model on its head. You can now buy an application for $60 here in Australia that will allow you to control anything you want in your house from your Foxtel, lights to your garage door and pool pump. Not only that, it’s a cloud based application that you can program yourself if you have some courage or alternatively as it is a cloud based solution, you can easily call a technician who will not even have to leave his office to help you because your software sits on Google servers in the cloud. The other huge advantage of this cloud based solution is that if you buy a new TV, it’s literally as simple as pulling the IR sensor off the old TV and putting it on the new TV and programming it for 15 minutes or calling your programmer and buying a 15 minute programming block from them. No costly service call out fees are required anymore, you are as self-sufficient as you would like to be!

The are a whole host of potential customers out there that are in a great position because of this new software. These people are victims of what I call the $20,000 pretty light switch syndrome. They have had a C-Bus or Dynalite system installed that has cost them an arm and a leg but realistically, the only functional difference would be that they now have a much prettier set of light switches than they previously did. The good news is that these new cloud applications can now control your home automation system cheaply and easily turning the home automation system into something you will use day in day out because everything can now be controlled from your pocket wherever you go.

Home control solutions that used to cost tens of thousands of dollars can now be self-installed starting from $250 or fully installed starting from $999 using your iPad, iPhone or Android device! Getting back to the original point of the article, we have reached the next evolutionary step in home control that is not going to change for a significant period of time because humans will invent smaller, faster and more functional phones over the next 10 years but the bottom line is they will still have a phone in their pocket that will still be running the same home control software that is out today. The next evolution in home control is voice activation which is a few years away from being market ready and whether or not it takes off is anyone guess given Siri’s initial performance. For more infomation visit this site: http://www.uremote.com.au/category/product/automation-solutions/globalcache/