Cortexa Announces Media-Center-Based Home Automation

Compatible with Windows Media Center and Vista, this system makes the digital dream home affordable.

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For those of you that once thought TV could be bad for you, we’ve got some news… and it’s very good. Cortexa has announced a home control system that works with Windows Media Center and the upcoming Vista operating systems.

That means that the same system that you’ve been using to store and play music, photos and TV shows is now the brain behind your home’s lighting, security, climate control, and more. It can be controlled via the Media Center’s interface, a Cortexa touchpanel, any devices running Windows CE and XP, or just a plain old Web browser.

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It seems like the product is for both do-it-yourselfers or those that want the only finger they lift to be the one that turns on the home theater system.

Pricing has not been formally announced, but the company did say you could get a system for a few thousand dollars. There’s a complete listing of their products and pricing at Smarthome.com.

  • No software license fees
  • No subscription fees
  • Works with Media Center and/or Windows Vista
  • Control via any Web browser
  • Touchpanel or other portable control available
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