Home Automation From Your Tablet

Home Automation From Your Tablet

After having way too much fun controlling my Xbox 360 with SmartGlass using the iPad, I started wondering what other items in my home I might be able to control with my tablet. Not being a fan of having multiple remote controls, nor of confusing unified remote controls, I started searching for other apps (not iPad apps that controlled computers as I knew of several of those) that functioned as a remote control and so this roundup was born.

Xbox SmartGlass: Yes you can use this app to control your Xbox but it can also provide extra information when you're viewing certain content. An oft cited example of the enriched viewing experience is when watching Game of Thrones, SmartGlass provides you with helpful information like a map of where the on screen action is taking place. Free

Remote: This app from Apple was my first foray into using an iPad as a remote control as it's a much, much nicer way to control an Apple TV. Using this app made typed searches for content infinitely easier as locating one letter at a time on the super simple Apple TV remote was quickly driving me batty. Free

Control4 MyHome: Sadly since I don't live in an automated home I have no personal experience with this app, however I have heard good things from those who do have a Control4 system. With the Control4 system and this app you're able to control lighting, thermostats, security system, and your AV equipment all from your tablet. Also available for Android. Free

Unified Remote: For those Android users who also have Windows PCs this app will turn your device into universal remote for your computer. The design of the app is smart although sadly not formatted for tablets. Not sure if this app will do what seek? Try the free version first. $3.99

Peel Smart Remote: Although sadly limited to only a handful of tablets (mainly Samsung Galaxy Tab & Note) this app not only helps you to locate the content that you want to watch but it will also let you control your entertainment system like any remote should. Free

Official XBMC Remote: Since we listed a remote app for the Apple TV and Xbox it only seems fair to also list one for those who use the XBMC media center. One of the biggest benefits to the app is library browsing and hopefully there will be a tablet version of this app soon. Free

What tablet apps do you use as a remote control?

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