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TommyG
12-31-2009, 12:23 AM
There is a lot of talk that the Nexus One has been designed to function as a control for home audio and video systems and that this has been confirmed by the FCC documentation. Is this something that others are hearing? There is a lot of interest from the design space in this as the it seems this could be the big breakthrough that the CEDIA (http://www.cedia.net/index.php) gang has been looking for in terms of merging the home network with remote. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks -

NeonMonster
12-31-2009, 07:21 AM
How hilariously frustrating it would be to change peoples radios/tvs on with your cellphone! It seems a bit unneeded and lazy to me, but the ability is awesome.

TommyG
12-31-2009, 08:12 AM
Agree - it sounds a little lazy but the demand is coming from two areas - one to control heating and cooling either remotely or in a more efficient way (you are more likely to turn your heat down if you donít have to go down to the basement to turn it back up; additionally, understanding efficiency / costs could be made more accessible if all linked into a central system). The seccond focus is lighting which is a space where there is a lot of development in order to control indoor and outdoor lighting from a safety and energy conservation perspective. Audio / Visual is a good testing ground as, if you don't get it right, the issue can be corrected easily and in relative terms, it is not expensive to trial run. A lot of designers/builders have been waiting for a more standardized system to come out before embedding these offerings in new houses and major renovations.

themikemiller
01-27-2010, 02:58 AM
I don't believe there is an IR port so it would have to use RF which is much less common in consumer electronics. Linux MCE supports a ton of home automation features that work with bluetooth or an RF remote. All of the older Palm/Treo devices that came with IR ports had apps for remote controls.

EDIT:

Here is an application that will let you control some things on your computer:

http://www.nexusoneforum.net/forum/nexus-one-application-discussion/1927-g-mote-rocks.html