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Home Automation with Visual Studio Express

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Chris Walker, CEO of ControlThink and Doug Handler, Technical Product Manager for Visual Studio Express take you through the Z-Wave Alliance house in New York City demonstrating the latest Z-Wave technology.  They’ll show how with a few lines of code they were able to change the lighting, raise and lower shades and control things like small appliances and garage doors.  Tune in and see what devices will be coming to a retail outlet by companies like Intermatic, Leviton and Monster in the next few months.   Check out the refreshed Coding4Fun site for cool home automation projects.

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  • alwaysmc2alwaysmc2 It's not stupid; It's advanced!

    Awesome!  I was excited about the X10 stuff on Coding4Fun a while back, but ended up not buying any hardware because there were no local vendors.  I would be willing to buy the Z-Wave hardware, especially if it is backed by a Microsoft SDK.

    When will it be available?

  • alwaysmc2 wrote:
    

    Awesome!  I was excited about the X10 stuff on Coding4Fun a while back, but ended up not buying any hardware because there were no local vendors.  I would be willing to buy the Z-Wave hardware, especially if it is backed by a Microsoft SDK.

    When will it be available?



    alwaysmc2: the Z-Wave gear is available now through Outpost.com, or your local Fry's or Lowe's Home Improvement store.  The kit in the video is the Intermatic HA102M, which is from Intermatic's Home Settings product line.

    If you're looking to pick up the Z-Wave PC SDK for .NET and a Z-Wave USB stick, you can get that at controlthink.com.

    Just think of all the cool things you can do in your own home...

    Chris
    (ControlThink)

  • Back at christmas I invested in some X10 stuff. It's pretty neat tho since moving into my new house during the summer i've not had the time to set anything up.

    I ended up writing my own X10 library with xml macros describing the set of X10 commands to run in sequence. I've got information on my blog tho currently it can't be downloaded but if anyones interested I'll get it uploaded.

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