Home Control with an iPad

Home Control with an iPad

Joel Pirela
Sep 16, 2010

If you only use your iPad for Facebook and Twitter updates and the occasional email/web browsing; prepare yourself for breaking the limits and explore the final frontier of music control on any room in your house or office.

At present day, electronics manufacturers have embraced the iPad as a powerful touch panel interface, on fact, those companies that were already the leaders in home control and device automation, have been the pioneers to port the technology to this magic device. The bigger screen, the fast processor and high resolution, the iPad has become the standard as the hottest solution to hit the custom market.

These are the cool apps that will turn your iPad into the ultimate device controller.

Mobile Pro G by Creston, it's the 31st top grossing app on the app store. Installing this app will transform your iPad into a Creston touch panel. This app will let you use your iPad as a touchpanel for your home entertainment system, or to control all the lights in your home. Crestron Mobile Pro G puts a professional-looking Crestron touchpanel user interface right on the popular Apple iPad, enabling all kinds of customizable control capability, while utilizing the complete screen space on the iPad.
Crestron Mobile Pro G talks directly to the control system without any third-party software or external servers, you simply tap the screen to select movies, music and TV in any room or adjust volume, light levels and room temperature with just a touch. Using the home Wi-Fi network locally or the powerful 3G networks remotely, total control is always at your fingertips. Price runs at around $99.

My Home for iPad by Control4, will let you take advantage of the whole 9.7 inches of the screen and even offers more control and customization that the company's own 7" controler that doubles the iPad's price. From lights to HVAC, multiple-room audio, home theater and even security: you can even link the company's 4sight remote monitoring system to control your home from anywhere in the world. $99.

Meridian Sooloos iPad app allows users full control over their Sooloos music server to browse, manage and play audio in multiple zones around their homes. Meridian owners also get the ability to control their surround sound processors and DSP loudspeakers directly from the iPad.
The iPad version takes advantage of the added reattach estate by displaying a lot more info than the iPhone version and offer higher resolution artwork. You can also browse over 35,000 Internet radio stations and 8 million Rhapsody tracks and edit and or create playlists as you go. Free.
We mentioned the Meridian M80 before and proved to be a great contender in regards of great audio output.

With the iPad becoming an increasing successful gadget with an overwhelming popularity, many A/V manufacturers are paying attention and are planing to release more apps to make the iPad, the ultimate control device.

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