Discovering openHAB

I was looking for a software I could use to build a neat remote control for home automation on iPhone and Android tablet.

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I first found OpenRemote which is quite nice. I already used it to build a remote for my IP remote controlled power strip.

But OpenRemote it did not work really as I expected (may be a bit complex to use) and the OpenSource version seems not to be really active on the development side.

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So I did look around to find an atlernative and finally discovered openHAB quite a while ago. When I first discovered this project, current version was 1.2.

Since then, the latest release is 1.4 and they have a very nice new website.And, most importantly, they build my.openhab.org which allows managing your hosted HAB instance from the Web (currently in beta).

With openHAB, you can build simple interface for the Web, iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. It is probably not as powerfull as OpenRemote but then is quite a few “bindings” for many devices or protocols (http, tcp, ntp, Google calendar, EnOcean, KNX…) More than 50 are available today.

With a few lines of code, you can build a nice interface to your home automation systems…

… on iPhone

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… or Android !

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Nice !

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