May 25, 2011 by Lisa Montgomery
When you’re an owner of an iPad, consider yourself an ideal candidate for a home control system. Larry and Stacey Newcomb of Jonesboro, Ark., discovered this after a visit to a showroom of a local home systems installation firm. “They came to our design center and we showed them what was possible,” says Ryan Heringer president of Sound Concepts. Initially, the Newcombs thought they’d only need a few flat-panel TVs for their new 7,500 square foot house, but after seeing the Elan g! control system in action, they decided their home deserved much more technology than that. “By the time I told them they could turn off every light in the house from an iPhone or iPad, they didn’t want to live without it,” says Heringer of Elan’s g!Mobile app.
Today, the Newcombs use their iPads (as well as wall-mounted Elan touchpanels) to operate 156 dimmer switches, a 12-source audio distribution system, and 10 TVs which can access four satellite feeds, two Kaleidescape media servers, video from their iPods and a surveillance camera at the front door. Some of the electronic amenities are automated so that the Newcombs never need touch a button. For example, at 5 p.m. select lights turn on then switch off at 10 p.m.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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