Environmental control in a smart phone!
Environmental control can be most helpful to people with disabilities and their caregivers.
When Google shelled out $3.2 billion for Nest, it poured a fresh wave of attention and interest into smart home automation systems — even though it’s not entirely clear whether Google swooped on Nest more as an acqui-hire (of Tony Fadell and his team) than a desire to further feather its connected home credentials.
Whatever Google’s intentions for Nest, it’s unlikely to focus early effort pushing connected home hardware into markets far from Mountain View. And that’s giving a bit of breathing space to European Nest alternatives.
There’s German startup Tado, for instance, which last September raised $2.6 million. And soon there will likely also be Cosy: a smart home control system being developed in Cambridge, U.K. — aiming to ship product next month.
The initial Cosy system will include the inevitable mobile app to allow the users to control the connected hardware and access the Cosy cloud…
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Environmental control is now becoming a part of the mainstream technology which should drive prices down for what used to be a specialty item.
Samsung is reportedly (via WSJ) preparing for a smart home control interface that uses your smart TV to recognize basic hand gestures, directed at the objects you actually want to control. So, for example, it would allow you to point at a lamp to turn it off or on, or to other nearby objects to affect them in different ways.
The shift is a bit of an extension of what Samsung already offers, which is basic gesture control of their smart televisions, but turning the TV itself into a sort of smart home hub. The report from the WSJ claims that Samsung is in talks with VTouch, a tech startup that creates the gesture control software, which explains how its so-called “virtual touch” interaction software would replace on-screen controls and manual reports with the finger tip and pointing.
Typically, these control interfaces haven’t been huge successes with users, but…
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What is Environmental Control?
A system permitting remote control of electronic devices in the immediate surroundings. A person can independently turn lights, radio, and television on and off, answer or initiate phone calls, and unlock a door. Essentially any aspect of the environment can be controlled depending upon the system’s complexity.
A hardware or software system allowing the user programmed or spontaneous control over remote, electrically operated appliances.
Information about Home Automation
Home Automation Companies
Video Game Controllers
HTI Home Toys – Home Automation Link Library
HTI Home Toys – Home Automation
Home-Automation.org – Your Complete Guide to Home Automation
Environmental Control (ECU/EADL)
Automatic Door Openers & Environmental Control Units for Disabled
Break Boundaries – REACH Remote Electronic Access & Control Hands-free
Electronic Aid for Daily Living (low cost)
NanoPac -CINTEX4 – an environmental control system for use with voice recognition systems (such as DragonDictate, NaturallySpeaking) or any other keyboard replacement.
Home Automated Living, LLC – HAL2000 Home Automation voice recognition technology
Minomech Enterprises – providing interfaces for computers, telephones, light switches or power-switches
Multimedia Designs Inc. – Multimedia Max – voice operated computer and environmental control
Q Systems Engineering – HomeSaver
RedEye Remote Controller (low cost)
Sensory Software International
VoiceIR Infrared Environmental Voice Control System
ZYGO Industries – Environmental Control Systems
General Home Automation
Adaptivation – VoicePal™, FreeSwitch™, Personal Pager, Universal tv Remote
Applied Future Technologies, Inc. – HomeVoice
Home Automation Inc.
Home Controls, Inc. – Home Automation Products
Home Automation Systems, Inc. – Home Automation Products
HomeVision Home Automation Controller
IntellaVoice – Giving Every X-10 Automated Home a Voice
JDS Technologies – Home Automation and Environmental Control
Jeeves (Australia) – Home Automation
JMAC Supply – access control system, life safety and more
Leviton Mfg – Home automation, lighting controls
Omnipotence Software – ECS (Event Control System) Home Automation Software
Rolltalk (Norway) – electric wheelchairs with ECU
SmartHome Discounts: X10 home automation devices on sale!
X-10 Pro – home automation products
X-10 USA – home automation products
Able-Phone – adaptive telephones (switch or voice activated)
Accessible Cell Phones – accessible cell phones to people with physical disabilities, the blind and visually impaired, the deaf and hard of hearing, people with cognitive disabilities and the elderly.
Ameriphone – Assistive Telephones (switch activated, TTY, big button, amplified)
ASL Product – Wireless Remote Telephone
Click to Phone – Switch Scanning Cell Phone Bluetooth Interface
Liberty Bell Communication System – hands-fiee, 24 Volt System & TDMA, CDMA, OR GSM Phone (Complete System) for wheelchair
Vocalize! Voice Controlled Bluetooth Cell Phone System
The Tecla Shield DOS™ is the only switch interface that enables access to both iOS® (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch®) and Android™ devices.
Broadened Horizons – Adaptive Ability Switches
Arduino Controlled SIP & PUFF Switch
Artificial Language Laboratory Switches
ASL Product – Wireless Infrared Transmitters/Receivers and Mouse Emulators
SCATIR Switch Page
Enabling Devices – Toys for Special Children & Enabling Devices
Video Game Controllers
Controller Adaptations – N64, PlayStation and X Box
Video Gaming Accessibility
Limited Dexterity Switch Adapted Game Controllers
One Switch – adaptive interfaces for Atari 2600’s etc., as well as Sony Play-stations
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