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 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.