Press Release Summary:
With RedEye Pro processor, iPhones, iPads, and personal computers can function as controllers in home automation applications. Unit is equipped with 8 dual-purpose 3.5 mm IR emitter/contact closure sensor ports, 4 contact closure relays, 2 RS-232 ports, 4 USB ports, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi. This connectivity enables users to interact with variety of equipment, such as lighting systems, garage door openers, security systems, and HVAC systems.
Original Press Release:
ThinkFlood Releases the Second Generation of their Award-Winning RedEye Control Systems, Including a Professional-Grade Home Automation Processor
Waltham, MA - ThinkFlood (http://thinkflood.com), developer of RedEye control systems, today announced two additions to their platform of solutions for the home.
ThinkFlood representatives say the company has been busy developing RedEye Pro, a networked home automation processor capable of whole-house control. The company has also released an update to their original RedEye universal remote control.
Introducing RedEye Pro
RedEye Pro allows iPhones, iPads, and personal computers to function as controllers in an array of home automation applications. The RedEye Pro works at a "whole-house" level and can control multiple rooms from a single unit.
Designed with input from some of the custom home installation industry's leading professionals, RedEye Pro offers extensive customization tools for installers.
RedEye Pro comes equipped with:
o Eight (8) dual-purpose 3.5mm infrared emitter/contact closure sensor ports
o Four (4) contact closure relays
o Two (2) RS-232 ports
o Four (4) USB ports
o 10/100 Ethernet (via RJ45 with an internal switch)
o 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
All of this new connectivity enables RedEye Pro customers to interact with a wide variety of equipment, such lighting systems, garage door openers, security systems, HVAC, and more. As with existing RedEye products, RedEye Pro makes it easy to control these systems from a single button on their iPhones, iPads or PCs.
Home automation made affordable
Sophisticated home automation solutions have been available for decades, but recent advances in networking and mobile technology enable RedEye Pro to bring these features to a broader market. A new wave of mobile touchscreens, including Apple's iPad, can replace dedicated controllers, which used to cost thousands of dollars. In addition, web-based technologies and other software advances make customizing these systems simpler and more cost-effective.
Even so, integration of these various systems still requires specialized knowledge, and RedEye Pro is available exclusively through authorized dealers and installers.
"Enterprise system integration is a complicated business dominated by massive software companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, which in turn are supported by thousands of boutique consultancies," said Craig Materick, chief software architect at ThinkFlood. "We are just beginning to scratch the surface of what integration can be in the residential market. Over time we hope to make these systems more widespread, but the industry is still in its nascency."
RedEye Pro is available exclusively through authorized dealers and installers. Visit thinkflood.com/products/redeye-pro/ for more information.
Original RedEye, revamped
ThinkFlood has also updated its original, award-winning RedEye remote control in response to customer feedback. The gen2 unit features a sleek, all-black enclosure, but the real improvement is the addition of an infrared-out port, which provides more flexibility for customers who keep their components in a cabinet or rack.
"When we launched our beta program back in the summer of 2009 we emerged from stealth mode with a product that we had designed and developed internally," recalls Matt Eagar, president and co-founder of ThinkFlood. "Since that time we have made numerous updates to RedEye software in response to customer feedback. We are grateful for the help we have received from our customers thus far, and glad to offer them this update in response."
RedEye gen2 debuts today for $199 and is available at thinkflood.com/products/redeye/.
ThinkFlood (http://thinkflood.com/) designs and develops hardware and software for control systems. Its award-winning RedEye platform for smartphones, tablets, and PCs offers features and functionality previously available only in remotes priced several times as much. ThinkFlood is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.