Control4 Shows Bigger, Better Home Automation App Store
At CES 2010, Control4 is demonstrating a growing library of apps for its 4Store; a good California chardonnay, anyone?
Now called 4Store, the offerings are wide-ranging, to say the least.
On the more practical side, there are apps for Netflix, eBay and energy monitoring and management. But then, there are also apps for wine management (eSommelier) and games.
There is even a first aid app that walks you through the steps of helping a sick or injured member of the household. Simply select the category – airway or bleeding, for example – and follow the steps in the tutorial.
Consumers can download the Control4 apps – some are free, others cost a small fee – from any television touchscreen or other user interface in the Control4 ecosystem.
The apps are all made possible by Control4’s OS 2.0, which is expected to be released in the first half of 2010, according to the company.
2.0 offers a rich, streamlined development environment for third parties. Pioneer, for example, created an app specifically for its own A/V receivers, adding access to the full gamut of settings available for the products.
Black & Decker built an app for its Kwikset wireless, automated door locks. Users can track the comings and goings of family members, set passwords and do all of those other things one does with Zigbee-enabled locks.
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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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