On the surface, RedEye Pro works just like our original RedEye unit — it attaches to your home network so that you can control equipment from a wide variety of devices, including iPhones, iPads, and personal computers. RedEye Pro simplifies control of your equipment using activities, so you can tap one button to play a movie, another to listen to music, a third to watch television — without having to provide a user manual explaining the gory details of how your TV connects to your AV receiver connects to your cable box connects to your Blu-Ray player. Phew.
RedEye Pro further extends simplified control by allowing you to connect to more equipment. First, RedEye Pro is able to control more than one room in the house at a time — it can even synchronize control across multiple rooms. Second, RedEye Pro comes equipped with a wide array of physical connections so that it can work with devices that receive infrared commands as well as those that communicate over a serial port (RS-232), using sensors, relays, and more. For example, by integrating with a lighting system, you can configure RedEye Pro not only to control the lighting as part of your activities, but you can also use light switches to control RedEye Pro and the other equipment connected to it. Imagine walking in the front door and having the lights come on automatically and your favorite music or radio program start playing quietly in the background.
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How Does It Work?
Your iPhone, iPad or personal computer communicates with RedEye Pro over your home network. When you configure the system, your configuration is stored on the RedEye Pro itself. Then if you connect with a different phone your stored configuration automatically syncs to the new controller. In fact, when you switch activities using one controller you can see the change reflected on other controllers. You can even back up your configuration to a PC through RedEye Pro’s built-in homepage.
RedEye Pro is designed to control just about anything, anywhere you have it in your house. For most home theater equipment, RedEye Pro’s eight routable infrared ports should do fine. Contact closure sensors allow you to trigger activities and commands in response to outside events, such as the opening of a garage door or the a rising water level in your basement. Contact relays make it easy to activate other equipment, such as pumps or receivers. And RS-232 gives you complete, two-way control of powerful systems such as lighting or HVAC.
Is all this equipment spread out around your house? No problem. You can configure RedEye Pro to recognize different zones, each of which appears as a “room” in the RedEye app. RedEye Pro even integrates seamlessly with our WiFi RedEye unit, so you can add additional rooms easily and inexpensively, and control them from the smartphone, tablet or PC that is most convenient to you at the moment.
Standard Internet Technology
RedEye Pro is actually a Linux server. It uses standard Internet technologies like TCP and HTTP, and sends around information in XML documents. Why do you care? Because it means that RedEye Pro isn’t just a remote control platform for your iPhone. In theory, any Internet-connected device can communicate with RedEye. We have already released software updates that enable you to control RedEye from any PC with a basic web browser. And we are currently developing software for Android phones and tablets.
RedEye Pro is much more than a box full of connectors, and software plays a key role. At ThinkFlood we develop our software in-house and strive to provide regular updates and improvements. Here are some of the things that we feel set our software apart from the crowd: