X10 Home Automation with ioBridge Remote Control Apps

A very popular add-on for the ioBridge IO-204 Web Gateway is the X10 Smart Board. This board translates web requests into X10 commands so you are able to remotely control X10 outlets, lights, and thermostats. Mark’s Voice Activated Home Automation System used a combination of Apple’s Siri, X10, and ioBridge APIs.

Recently, the X10 interface modules manufactured by X10 were discontinued. We were able to get the last 25 that were in stock directly from X10. Then, we manufactured another 25 X10 Smart Boards to pair with the X10 interface modules. We are selling the X10 kits on the ioBridge Store and when we run out, we will not be able to manufacture more. We are looking at alternatives and also looking at supporting other home automation protocols such as INSTEON and many others. For more information on X10 Home Automation with ioBridge, check out the ioBridge + X10 App Note.

ioBridge’s ioApp for Android and iPhone supports X10 Controls and will support future protocols. Leave a comment if you have any ideas on what to support next.

[via ioBridge Store]

ioApp for iPhone Now Supports ioBridge PRO Widgets, Update is Now Available

An update to ioApp for iPhone is available now in the App Store! ioApp is a mobile app created by ioBridge to access your ioBridge Widgets right from an iPhone or iPod Touch. Get started by creating ioBridge Widgets at ioBridge.com or ioBridgePro.com, then run ioApp on your smart device. ioApp works with Button, Switch, Value, State, Chart, and HTML App widget types. ioApp for Android is also available.

ioApp for iPhone - Control ioBridge Widgets

The latest update to ioApp (v1.1) includes the following new features:

  • ioBridgePro.com Support
  • Support for HTML App and Chart Widgets
  • Landscape View

In our next update, we will add support for the tall iPhone 5 and iPod Touch screens. As always, feel free to post your questions or comments, in our Mobile Apps Forum on ioBridge Connect.

[via App Store]

ioApp is now on Google Play for Android Devices

It’s here, the Android App that you have been looking for… ioApp for Android is now available on Google Play for Android devices. This app works on Android 2 – 4.1, and we tried to format it for tablets and small screens. ioApp gives you access to a custom dashboard from your smart device. All you need to do is sign in with your ioBridge user account, touch Widgets, and select the Widgets that you want to see when you sign into the app. In this version of the app we now support Chart and HTML App widgets and ioBridgePro.com users. We will be making similar updates to the iPhone app soon.

ioApp for Android - ioBridge Dashboard Widgets

A special thanks to all of the beta testers on the new app!

Download ioApp via Google Play and access your ioBridge widgets today. Check out our mobile apps product page for more apps.

Voice Activated Home Automation with Siri and ioBridge

[mark] tweeted about his “Voice Activated Home Automation” system that uses Siri on the iPhone sending commands to the ioBridge X10 controller.

If you say, “Siri I’m cold”, the iPhone sends a command to the ioBridge API to turn on the furnace. Siri warmly replies, “Lighting the fire place, this is cozy.” What is really neat is how the interface is voice commands, but the language is natural.

Here are some other home automation commands demonstrated in the video:

  • Siri turn on the Christmas lights
  • Siri turn on the living room lamp
  • Siri turn off everything

Markt makes use of SiriProxy to intercept commands spoken at Siri and reroute them to the ioBridge API to control the X10 widgets connected to the ioBridge IO-204. For more information about the project, visit Mark’s blog for a detailed description and things that you need to make your own voice activated home automation system.

[via MarkHodder.com]

New Gauge Widgets for Displaying Sensor Data

We have a new option for displaying sensor data on the ioBridge Dashboard or on your webpage. You can now select the Gauge Widget style for analog input widgets, external monitor widgets, and expression widgets. The external monitor widget lets you pull in data from external sites, such as NOAA, WeatherBug, or ThingSpeak, and display their data along side your own data on your secure, private dashboard. Everything works on IE6+, FireFox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, iPhone, Android-based browsers.

Dashboard with New Gauge Widget

To use the new gauge widget, create an Analog Input Widget, External Monitor Widget, or Expression Widget, and select “Gauge” under the style option.