As more of my sub-projects get completed, there is going to be a need to control the various systems. There are loads of IR/RF remotes around designed to handle all sorts of HA/AV equipment. However, since I’m building my systems I’m going to need a more flexible and easily customisable way of controlling them. As soon as Apple announced the iPod Touch I knew that I had found what I was after. To me it’s not the music-related stuff on the iPod that’s important, it’s the combination of WiFi and Safari. All I would have to do is set up a PHP/ASP.Net etc. based web site that can communicate with all the systems, then access it through an iPod.
Possible systems to control include:
- Selecting audio sources and where to play them in the house
- Scheduling recordings on the MythTV distributed A/V system
- Controlling the lights
- Monitoring the security cameras
- Setting reminder alarms (announced)
- Running photo slideshows around the house
- Building shopping lists
To complement the iPod there will be several touch-screen terminals around the house which will give the same control, but in known locations so that the improvised remote doesn’t have to be carried around everywhere (and argued over).
I might mock-up some interface designs to give an idea of how I intend the system to work. Stay tuned!