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mControl adds Vista Media Center support to home automation software

by Brad Linder, posted May 14th 2008 2:56PM

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Embedded Automation has released a beta plugin for their budget home automation software that lets you control your lights, home security system, and personal video recorder all at once. The company's mControl software is basically a cheap version of the Life|ware software from Exceptional Innovation. While EI charges thousands of dollars for their software, you can get mControl for under $100.

So what exactly does the new mControl Vista Media Center Controller driver do? It lets you send and receive messages to your Windows Vista Media Center machine. That means you can have your TV playback pause any time the phone or doorbell rings. Or if you leave the lights on in another room, you can have a message pop up periodically reminding you to turn them off.

Currently it doesn't look like you can use the software to automatically dim your lights when you're watching a video and bring them back up when you hit pause. But that sort of functionality should be available in a future release.

[via EngadgetHD]

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I love discovering efficient home automation products. I actually came across sabines smart home products and i was very impressed. I like how they look to keep moving forward. http://sabinessmarthome.com

October 30 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jsnjwlsn

I love discovering efficient home automation products. I actually came across sabines smart home products and i was very impressed. I like how they look to keep moving forward. http://sabinessmarthome.com

October 30 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

"Currently it doesn't look like you can use the software to automatically dim your lights when you're watching a video and bring them back up when you hit pause."

That's one of the main features of mControl, you have been able to do it using mControl for years.

May 14 2008 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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