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Affordable Home Automation

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Affordable home automation. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's technology called X-10, that has been around for years. But X10 Wireless Technology is breathing new life into the system….with an easy to use updated software package called ActiveHome Pro. Using the drag and drop software…and an interface box that connects to a USB port, it is simple to set up timers to control lights, appliances, cameras and others devices that use X-10 modules. The company's Jeff Denenholz….

"One of the most significant things we think you can do is to avoid having to come home to a dark property and house in the winter time. We all are busy and we come home late in the wintertime from work or from school or an event. And this is a system that will basically automatically control your lights to come on based on time of day, day of week, dusk-dawn, or even stagger that so it looks the home is occupied even when someone's not there."

The new software makes doing all of that easier than ever…and the system is cheaper than other home automation solutions. A starter kit with modules for one appliance and one lamp…along with two remote controls sells for about a hundred dollars and additional modules that plug into outlets or screw into light sockets are typically under fifteen dollars….

"It will also control X10 cameras, wireless cameras."

Expansion capability is almost limitless. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.