It's 2012 and we've yet to see flying cars or jetpacks. However, home automation options of the future are available now; with a smartphone it's currently possible to change the temperature, turn on/off the lights, check security cameras or even unlock the door for forgetful roommates wherever you go.
Left: Savant True Control II - Right: Control4 MyHome
Savant True Control II Savant offers up a fully loaded app that puts all their automation features at a swipe and tap's reach: full security camera control, room temperature, lights and pool conditions are all within reach inside a well polished interface that's easy to understand. You can even control your DVR and every piece of hardware in your home theater, doubling as a universal remote to boot. $5
Control4 MyHome If your home is your personal music sanctuary, Control4 MyHome is a great app with emphasis on home entertainment. Control4 offers an intuitive control over every aspect of the home comforts, as well as audio and video (check out our time using the system while in Las Vegas). Audio controls are ready on the bottom of the screen whenever music is playing. It's even possible to create a music queue on the spot which is great for entertaining guests. Free Also available for Android - Free
Home Control Assistant The Home Control Assistant app is a great companion that works with you to create a fully automated schedule. The app gives access to the range of features we've come to expect (lights and temperature control) and even throws in sprinkler control for homeowners. Where it truly shines is the scheduling modes which you can set depending on the situation (earlier lights for darker winter months or energy conservation during a tight budget). Free
Home Buddy Compatible with one of those most common home automation standards, Z-Wave, this app is easier to set up than some of the other home automator services listed, promising control over everything that plugs into an outlet. Camera streaming, desktop shortcuts, multiple Vera units support, and filter favorites. We especially love the quick switches available from the home screen for common actions. Free Also available for iOS ($6) and Windows Phone 7 ($5)
InControl One of the most innovative features in Windows mobile OS is the tile interface which keeps gettingbetter. Tiles and home automation powered by HomeSeer go hand in hand and InControl is proof of this, delivering shortcuts for TV, thermostat or lighting to your home screen. Reduce the distance between yourself and the light switch to be king of your castle. Free
Home Control Customers of Switch King will get a kick out of Home Control. Although not as complex as the others, it's perfect if all you're looking for is a remote for lights and turning on/off devices. Settings can be created to suit the mood such as low lights for movie time or more lights for the home office. Humble but effective. $1.50 Also available for iOS ($2) and Android (Free)
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