Turning on the oven with your TV remote or starting the coffeemaker through the Internet has been talked about for decades. Some products have been out for years. But do we really want that?
If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you’re saying, sure, why not? Latest company to introduce home automation products comes from Irvine. Hawking Technologies launched its HomeRemote product today. Control home appliances? Check. Lighting? Check. Through the Internet? Of course!
Hawking sided with Z-wave technology, a wireless standard designed by Zensys. Benefits: low power, low bandwidth. Read up with the Z-Wave Alliance site.
The HomeRemote System (HRGZ1) includes a remote to control lights, temperature, appliances, etc. while you’re in the house. Separately, you can also buy the HomeRemote Wireless Video Camera and use it to watch your house when you’re not around.
Similar to other home-networking products I’ve seen/demoed, HomeRemote will e-mail or text-message cell phones when a motion detector or other security system is tripped. Nothing completely surprising but sounds like a solid candidate to consider. Available now at the HomeRemote store and beginning July 15, at CompUSA and other online retailers. The main unit is $230 while the camera is $180.