Who is the Father of Home Automation?
Frox inventor: NOT the father of home automation
The question got lost in a sidebar, so here’s your chance to weigh in.
Let’s hear from the oldtimers. Do any of these innovators fit the bill? Anyone else you might pick?
Tom Riley, Unity Systems: Pioneer of touchscreen-based home automation with the Unity System, still in operation in many homes today after more than two decades; leader in utility demand side management.
George Feldstein, Crestron: Popularized touchscreen-based home control and invested heavily in the category.
Scott Miller, AMX: Innovator in home control, and one of the most colorful personalities in the business; emphasized extreme customer service.
Bob Farinelli, Elan Home Systems: Visionary founder and accomplished engineer who was one of the first to invest heavily in high-end home control.
Jay McLellan, Home Automation Inc. (HAI): Purveyor of the first integrated security and home automation system, with possibly the most installs of any home automation vendor.
Peter Lesser, X10: Brought home automation to the masses with low-priced, easy-to-install powerline based products; inspired better solutions such as UPB, Insteon and Z-Wave.