If you're like me, you already have used your smart phone or iPad around your house to stream music, control your DirecTV DVR or remotely control some device you have at home.
Of course, in my business, we create lots of home automation and control systems from manufacturers such as Crestron, Savant and Control4. Invariably, everyone wants their smart phone or iPad to be programmed as a control device for whichever one of these systems we install. And honestly, those phones and pads will work VERY well for that purpose. Now as soon as I say that, let me be quick to add that those will not operate as seamlessly for that purpose as the manufacturer's own branded mobile device.
Still, for ease of use, each of those manufacturers has created apps for those commonly owned media devices for the simple reason that the consumer is already familiar with it and generally keeps them handy. Those apps work as well as the control system manufacturer can possibly program those phones and tablets to perform that way. But know that there will always be some kinda glitch--some incompatibility--that the consumer will experience when using their phone or wi-fi pad to control their home automation system.
Here's a good example of what I'm talking about. Back in the day, you either owned a PC or a Mac. If you created a document or spreadsheet in one type of platform and emailed it to s0meone who owned the other type of platform, they couldn't even open the thing let alone read it. One day, the industry smartened up and started creating programs so the two could talk to each other. Now the two could interface and everyone was happy. But anyone will tell you that the two don't work together perfectly and your sometimes encounter formatting problems in documents or linkage problems in spreadsheets.
That's the way it is marrying the popular smart technologies with automated systems. They WILL work and will be quite enjoyable when they do. But for best results, use the mobile device designed for the product.
In Part 2, I'll go a little bit "behind the scenes" of how the magic works.
First of all I want to say excellent blog! I had a
quick question that I'd like to ask if you don't mind.
I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to
writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.
I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the
first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
Any suggestions or hints? Thank you!
I can't write anything until I know what I want to say. I write my main thought, then add before that a "build up" and still before that add in an opening. Finally I'll add a closing. Often I'll only write a small part and put it away to see how I feel about it later. Good luck
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