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Seamus Bellamy | Writer: Mac|Life Magazine

Mac|Life Writer Seaumus Bellamy brings to our attention this interesting and creative new way to interact with your iPhone. Forget the iPad! Here’s the iTable! Read Seamus’s report here:

Ignoring the iPhone’s diminutive size, Steve Jobs recently commented on the fact that the when it comes to touch-based devices, size is everything. During an earnings call with the company’s investors and the media, Jobs quipped about the disdain he held for touchscreen devices with less than seven inches of screen real estate, saying “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the differences, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.” Either out of respect for Jobs’ unfaltering sympathy for hot dog-fingered tech users, or a dire fear of sandpaper, a group of intrepid developers have undertaken the development of a new way to work Apple’s smallest touchscreen device.

It’s big. Literally.

TableConnect | iTable?

TableConnect | iTable?

Table Connect utilizes a jailbroken iPhone, a mission-specific app and an enormous custom-built 56-inch capacitive touch screen table to embiggen your iPhone interface to a size that would make even Paul Bunyan’s meaty digits feel right at home. According to the developer’s website, by hooking your jailbroken iPhone to the table’s built-in dock connector (now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen) you’ll be able to every aspect of your iPhone. At this point, only a prototype mock up of Table Connect has seen the light of day. However, the device’s developer has posted a countdown clock to their site, promising a big reveal in just a little bit over four days from now. When it happens, you know we’ll be there to bring you up to speed on it.

While touring with Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh would illustrate postcards that he would send to family; soon postcards became larger artworks in gallery shows. For his music business, Mutato Muzika, he designed a logo, but instead of planting it outside, he opted to fashion it into the office welcome mat. After walking across it for nine years, he had an epiphany: to translate his favorite postcard drawings into rugs. The resulting collection, now numbering 88 designs, is partially based on those illustrations, which he describes as “a concerned social scientist’s attempt to make sense of chaos on planet Earth.”

Many have an edgy or quirkily cartoonish look, and sometimes a personal story. There’s Freaked Pig, based on his oldest pug dog freaking out over the addition of a new family pooch; Super Thing 3000 and Here to Go—Shout, which take their names from Devo songs; the AMT series revolves around airline turbulence and what appeared in Mothersbaugh’s line of sight while flying. Others, like Pink Meatball and Devo Rope, are more random. The vibrant pieces are woven of nylon, wool, or silk, depending on the design. Perhaps a natural transition from flooring,  http://www.mutatovisual.com.

Crestron-Mobile iPhone App ControllerCrestron, the company that created an industry by introducing the world’s first touchpanel, has now enabled you to use your iPhone as a remote for your home entertainment system, or to control all the lights in your home. The Crestron Control App for iPhone puts a professional-lookingCrestron touchpanel user interface right on the popular Apple® iPhone or iPod touch, enabling all kinds of customizable control capability.

The application which will soon be available for download from the Apple App Store communicates directly with the control system without any third-party software or external servers. On the road, iPhone communicates with the system over the 3G network or Edge cellular network. At home or away, both your iPhone and iPod touch can connect via Wi-Fi.

Crestron iPhone App Screenshot 1Control multiple locations, such as a primary residence, vacation home and office, from a single, intuitive graphical interface that provides real-time status of room temperature, lighting levels, shade position, control of local AV devices and digital media meta data including album, song and artist.

New locations are easily added by opening the “Connections” page on the iPhone, and customized buttons, graphics and dynamic text can be added by your installer. Updates or changes to the control program are automatically sent to the iPhone when the Crestron app is launched.

 

GREENTECH: Question: Home automation systems consume large amounts of energy right or wrong? Answer: Wrong! 

Crestron TouchpanelHome automation systems require relatively little power, and the energy-conservation benefits they offer are considerable. These systems make it simple to check if you’ve left the lights on and turn them off and often incorporate multizone climate-control systems to shut down heating or air condition in areas of the house that are not being used. 

Motor-driven shades can be programed automatically by astronomical clocks to open and close at key points in the day, automatically adjusting the timing of these routines to the length of day at any time of year, protecting furniture, fabrics and flooring from harsh sun rays and keeping the house cool when the sun wants to take overtake your home. The home automation system touch panel can also report on energy use, energy cost per hour, and carbon output of a lighting system. Explore the exciting innovations taking place in home automation at some of these links:

Crestron Electronics: www.crestron.com | Control4: www.control4.com | Lutron Electronics: www.lutron.com | Savant Systems: www.savantav.com