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17Dec

Voice Control in Home Automation: Fad or Future?

Posted By Aaron Green - 17 Dec, 2013


With the rise in popularity of Apple’s ‘Siri’ voice control, it was only a matter of time before voice control was tried in home automation environments. Recently we have seen a number of videos demonstrating voice control for home automation.

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Apple’s ‘Siri’ has helped to raise the popularity of voice control

Individuals and companies have been experimenting with voice control for a while now. Even we (CommandFusion) have a module that makes use of Apple’s voice recognition system which allows implementation of voice control in iViewer and many people do use it.

But is voice control practical? Is it really going to be the revolution in home automation that some people seem to think it will be and change the way we control our homes forever? Or maybe it’s a passing fad or a useful tool…but for limited applications? ... read on »


Are your pages slow to load in iViewer?

If you find that you have a page in your guiDesigner project that is slow to load (3+ seconds) on your device it may be because because iViewer is being forced to resize large graphics files.... read on »


07Aug

Add Password Protection to Your iViewer GUI

Posted By Aaron Green - 07 Aug, 2013


Customers often ask for a way to password protect their system for many different reasons. It may be that you want some security in case you lose your phone, or that you simply want to lockout access to certain areas of your interface. We have developed a module and demo project to help achieve this in your GUI. Check out our video guide to learn more!... read on »


02Aug

Which Version of iViewer Should I Choose?

Posted By Aaron Green - 02 Aug, 2013


With the recent release of iViewer Lite, there are now effectively three different versions of iViewer to choose from.

Each version is targeted at a different customer type, in this blog post we will take a look at the differences.... read on »


12Jul

July Newsletter

Posted By Aaron Green - 12 Jul, 2013


For information on the new hardware packs, 15% off C3 iViewer templates and more - check out our July newsletter. ... read on »


MISCONCEPTIONS

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the advantages of using smartphones and tablets in home automation systems, in Part 2 we looked at the disadvantages. Today we take a look at the misconceptions.

Along with the valid arguments for each side, there are some misconceptions that are simply incorrect and should be put aside when considering a tablet or smartphone. ... read on »


In part 1 of this article, we looked at the advantages of using smartphones and tablets as control devices in a home automation systems. On top of the numerous advantages, there are a number of disadvantages that may affect the decision of whether to use a smart phone/tablet or a proprietary device. These disadvantages can be addressed and most times removed all together if approached logically. ... read on »


The Rise of the Consumer Mobile Device

Up until recently, integrators and end users had no choice but to use a dedicated and often proprietary touch panel to control their home automation or control system if they desired a comprehensive control interface.

Since the release of the first iPhone, iPad, and android devices, we have seen an explosion in the number of devices being sold and also in the number of applications released (such as CommandFusion's iViewer 4 ) that allow these devices ... read on »