Tuesday, 05 April 2011 17:53

RedEye gen2 and Pro boost home automation options


ThinkFlood has updated its range of home automation products for use with personal computers, iPads and iPhones.

New and revised RedEye home automation products from ThinkFlood bring additional flexibility to home automation.

The new RedEye Pro is a rack-mounted device intended for installation in the same cabinet as AV gear, but it goes beyond home theatre control to manage equipment such as lighting and security systems, HVAC, and sprinklers - all driven from s PC, a smartphone, or a tablet.

The software is activity based, so one touch can issue all the commands needed to watch a movie. It's also smart enough to keep track of whether a device is on or off, so there's no unnecessary switching. In addition to a controller app that runs on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (the RedEye Pro supports multiple controllers and multiple-room operation), there's also a web interface allowing operation from a browser.

Standard hardware interfaces are eight dual-purpose 3.5mm infrared emitter/contact closure sensor ports, four contact closure relays, two RS-232 ports, four USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet (with an internal switch), and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi.

"We are just beginning to scratch the surface of what integration can be in the residential market. Over time we hope to make these systems more widespread, but the industry is still in its nascency," said Craig Materick, ThinkFlood's chief software architect.

What about the more basic RedEye? Please read on.

The company has also updated its RedEye remote control unit, which allows home theatre control from an iPhone, iPad, or PC. The $US199 RedEye gen2 device now includes an infrared-out port, providing more flexibility with rack or cabinet mounted equipment.

The iOS app is free, and the company is developing apps for Android-based phones and tablets.

ThinkFlood's Australian distributor is Total Q and a list of resellers is available here.


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