REVIEW: Control4 Home Automation Technology for iPad


iPadPerhaps not a single product since the iPhone has caused so much buzz in the world of electronics until the iPad, released earlier this year by Apple.  Wherever we go with it, the reaction is the same, because it’s still so young:  You have an iPad?

The iPad  a touch-screen tablet about half the size of a piece of paper  is the lowest priced and best touch screen that has ever been released. You can read on it, write on it, browse the Web on it and more.  Most anything you can do on a laptop you can do from the convenience of the ultra-light iPad.

Prior to its launch, though, most of the touch screens that we have used and recommended (for controlling entertainment, HVAC, security or lighting systems) have run a minimum of $1,500.

The iPad, however, starts at $500.

One of applications you can download for the iPad is My Home developed by Control UI for use with Control4, a great technology that allows you to control all of the electronics and systems in your home through one simple device (provided that your electronics and lighting, security and other home systems have been installed properly).

The app is free, though you’ll need the license for the service and all your electronics integrated with the Control4 network.  It is the best on the market today in terms of all-in-one universal remotes.

Check out this demo video of the Control4 iPad app on YouTube:

And if you’re big into the environment, the Control4 app is listed as one of the five greenest apps, per the Earth2Tech blog.  That’s because it helps automate lights and ensures energy is being saved where needed.

Integrating Control4 technology into your home will require a professional installer, like Sound + Image Design.  We’re CEDIA certified installers.

For more information about how you can install Control4 home automation technology in your Richmond area home, simply call the Sound and Image showroom at 804.741.5816.  We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about integrating your iPad and Control4 into a complete home automation system.

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