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Offline TC1

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2014, 03:28:43 pm »
@SirMeili: Exactly. With the BT and something like Pandora, all one ahs to do is add a couple of BT speakers in a room and you have a cheap media player setup.

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2014, 05:05:23 pm »
@SirMeili: Exactly. With the BT and something like Pandora, all one ahs to do is add a couple of BT speakers in a room and you have a cheap media player setup.

And hopefully they hold true to their word to me that they decided to take my advice and add a phono plug to it somewhere. This way you could also add it to a whole house audio setup. For some reason they are only adding it to the Bluetooth model, which I think it a mistake (it can't be that expensive and Android should support it natively).

Either way, I'm hoping to possibly test running it to a central location for WHA, I'm not sure how being so close to the main power will affect it, but we'll see. If it doesn't work, then at least I got them to add it for free, so no loss to me!
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2014, 06:11:23 pm »
Or just accomplish all of that with Sonos and the plugin :-)

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2014, 09:23:04 pm »
How much is each Sonos unit? And then you need a smartphone for each person or room to control it.

Until the costs of Sonos units comes down to something reasonable, it's not a good solution for everyone.

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2014, 02:57:05 pm »
I'm starting to think about doing this on my own.  I'm a Windows house, and you can get no contract Lumia 520's for $59.  It's a great phone, and already runs Sonos, Grasshopper, Skype, etc.  You'd still have to work the same power issues as with tablets, and maybe not quite a cool looking, but should work pretty well. 

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2014, 02:10:10 am »
Since you mentioned LCARS and tablet wall mounts, I wanted to share my tablet mount solution.

http://hackaday.com/2013/07/03/perfect-wall-mounted-tablet-integration/
http://www.controlmypad.com/projects.html

The picture just shows the LCARS clock that someone made for WebOS, but the tablet also boots Android ICS so I could run the iRule LCARS skin too. 

The only disadvantage I see with the Bright Switches is that all of my switch boxes are too low on the wall for me to be able to access any information on the screen, but with a simple interface (dimmer slider and a couple status indicators) I guess it could work as they have shown it.  I tried doing something similar with iPod touches when I realized my project linked above instead.
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2014, 10:52:44 am »
Drool.....very nice setup too...no wires showing.

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2014, 10:47:06 am »
I bought a cheap snap on back for my Nexus 7 and mounted a Qi (wireless) charger to it. I then cut a hole in the wall, ran electrical to place an outlet in the wall, then used that to power the USB adapter for the Qi charger. I then used 3M tape to adhere the back to my wall. I can easily remove the Nexus 7 for normal use.

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2014, 11:28:12 am »
Very clean mount!

I wish there was some good mounts for a Microsoft Surface.  I want to upgrade to a Nokia tablet (with built in internet via cellular) and would love to mount this on the wall.

Sadly, I haven't seen an interface that has tempted me to move on an iPad or Android after playing with them for a bit on my Fiance's ipad and kindle fire.
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2014, 12:16:13 pm »
Sadly, I haven't seen an interface that has tempted me to move on an iPad or Android after playing with them for a bit on my Fiance's ipad and kindle fire.

Just a heads up, don't mix up Android tablets and the Kindle Fire. While the Fire is indeed based on Android, the interface is different (OS interface). Granted, if you're talking about the app interfaces, then they would be the same. I would give a Nexus tablet a try if you can. I find I like the base Android experience. And if you are looking for a tablet jsut for HA, then check out the 2012 Nexus 7. Not the best, but good enough for HA and even watching Hulu, Netflix, etc.
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2014, 01:43:14 pm »
Check this thing out. It looks pretty nice.

http://www.flow7.co.uk/

Can't seem to actually buy it anywhere though.
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2014, 04:28:04 pm »
Check this thing out. It looks pretty nice.

http://www.flow7.co.uk/

Can't seem to actually buy it anywhere though.

Now that is slick!

It seems to be new. I couldn't find any purchasing information either.

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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2014, 07:20:08 am »
I sent an email to Habitech asking for purchasing options and pricing.  I will let you know.
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2014, 07:48:05 am »
Here is what I got back.

We do not advertise prices or anything as we are a Trade-Only organisation.
If you wish to purchase these units, you would need to set up a Proforma Account which requires the attached forms filled in.
 
Once the account is on our system you will be able to buy the units. Shipping would need to be organised by you I?m afraid as we can only do UK shipments and I believe you are US based is that correct?
 
Please let us know if you have any questions.
 
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Re: Coolest Looking Vera Tablet Interface for Wall Mount
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2014, 01:41:08 am »
That flow7 thing is pretty sweet looking.  I wonder if it's US 120V standard?

I bought one of these recently and am trying it with Imperihome.
http://store.homeseer.com/store/HomeSeer-WFTT07-WiFi-Tabletop-Touchscreen-with-HSTouch-P1742.aspx

I love Grashopper App interface on my PC,  Phone and Surface tablet.

It was a hard toss up between AutoHomation and Imperihome for my first foray into Android...but I need an HTTP API for dashboards and backup TTS alerts (if my Russound or TV alerts were not working).

I have noticed a lot of crashes with Imperihome. For those that use Android, is there way to restart a crashed app.  For a always on interface, I king of wanted always on :)

PS - Still haven't found the perfect wall interface to show off.
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