For people who are too lazy, too tired or too busy to adjust the light in a room, put on music or use a remote control to lower motorized shades, electronics manufacturer Crestron is bringing a new smartphone-and NFC-controlled home automation system called the airConnect. Unlike iPad or smartphone app-based home automation systems that require users to tinker with a number of options before a desired effect is achieved, the airConnect simply uses a few cleverly placed, pre-programmed NFC tags that are smart enough to sense a user’s proximity to a room to trigger a number of home systems like air conditioning or thermostat etc.
The Crestron airConnect system is designed to help the NFC tags identify individual users and the device they are interacting with to initiate automated action. For example, children’s smartphones may be set to trigger just the lights and the music system in a room while the homeowner’s smartphones would trigger the lights, the thermostat, shade positions etc. Control settings on the system can be personalized to make automation for a room as simple as a swish of the smartphone in front of an NFC tag. The NFC tags used in the system measure just one square inch and can be placed discreetly behind faceplates and keypads. The home automation system can also be easily programmed for a user’s particular needs via smart devices. Crestron airConnect is currently only compatible with NFC-enabled Android devices though the company will support for the iPhone and the iPad as soon as these devices are made compatible with NFC.
Via: Electronic House