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Users / Announcing Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC for RaspberryPi
« on: Today at 04:31:39 pm »
The Dianemo RaspSqueeze-CEC software combines Squeezelite & dianemo-cec-pi and installs on a single Rpi. Simply run an HDMI cable to your TV to provide HDMI-CEC control from Dianemo to your TV - Supports Standby On/Off, Mute & Vol Up/Down. Use Squeezelite and the on-board analog audio out jack on the Rpi to send stereo analog audio to your Hi-Fi or powered speaker system. Supports HDMI audio & external USB audio cards too. Both HDMI-CEC control and Squeezelite functionality are available concurrently.

Currently the Squeezelite functionality is compatible with LinuxMCE installations but the dianemo-cec-pi functionality is Dianemo only.

Built on top of Raspian Linux and installs simply in a few minutes. Installs to 4gb or larger SD cards. 4x RaspSqueeze-CEC License is only $99.95 USD.

For further information or to placde an order please email us at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the subject 'RaspSqueeze-CEC for Rpi'

All the best

Andy

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We're adding support for Sonos Radio to Dianemo and we are looking for anyone who would be interested to join our Beta test program and get early access to this great new capability. If you are someone who already has some Sonos installed in your home, or you are thinking of installing Sonos and would be prepared to get involved, we'd be very interested to hear from you. Our support for Sonos Radio is already in its late development stage so your role would be to report any final issues you experience prior to release by simply using your System to listen to the Radio - its a tough job but someone has to do it!

The only requirement to join the Sonos Radio Beta program is that you have, or plan to have a Dianemo system and have at least some Sonos Radio products.

Please email us at; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'Sonos Radio Beta Invite' as the subject line of your email if your interested.

All the best

Andy

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Users / LightwaveRF support is being added to Dianemo
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:11:15 am »
We're adding support for the LightwaveRF (http://www.lightwaverf.com or for their product details http://www.lightwaverf.co.uk) range of wireless lighting, power and heating control products and we are looking for anyone who would be interested to join our Beta test program. If you are someone who already has some LightwaveRF installed in your home, or you are thinking of installing it and would be prepared to get involved, we'd be interested to hear from you. Our support for LightwaveRF is already in its late development stage (lighting & power products are our initial focus - energy & security to follow in our first update after release) and so your role would be to report any final issues you experience prior to release by simply using your System.

The only requirement to join the LightwaveRF Beta program is that you have, or plan to have a Dianemo system and have at least some LightwaveRF products.

Please email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with 'LightwaveRF Beta' as the subject line of your email if your interested.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo Athena UI Beta Test Program - More Invites Available
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:35:41 pm »
Hi al,

We're getting closer to being ready to open up our Athena UI Beta test program to invited participants. We've had an excellent response so far, and many of you have asked for an invite. Thanks. Today we're announcing a further 10 invites are being made available to enable more people to join the Beta program. These are being offered on a strictly first come first serve basis.

To be considered you must obviously own a Dianemo system. But luckily its never been cheaper to set up a Dianemo system - see here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221. Although its not a requirement, it would also be useful if you also owned either an Android/iOS device and/or a Rpi running Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC as we would like to get some feedback about using those platforms with Athena.

If your interested in joining the Beta program please contact us asap; inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com with the Subject line of; "Athena Beta - Invite Request"

All the best

Andy

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Users / Why CEC Control Your TV Using Your RaspberryPi?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:03:44 pm »
One of the most important uses for HDMI CEC is in fact to wake your TV up from 'Standby'. Why? Well almost all TV's when placed into 'Standby' mode unfortunately also power down their network interface chip too, which means you can't use IP control to wake the TV up. However HDMI CEC is always waiting for commands, and is never powered down when your TV is in 'Standby' mode - unless you set your TV to power it off in 'Standby' that is.

This means therefore placing an HDMI CEC controller behind your TV's - even your brand new SmartTV's, is about the only solution to powering them up from 'Standby' under control of your system. In fact we have many installations that simply use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi even with a brand new SmartTV, which has in own built uPnP media playback capability, to just to wake the TV up from 'Standby'. Even systems that have traditional Media Managers driving their TV's can use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software on Rpi to send on/off commands to their TV's.

Whether your planning to use your Rpi with Raspbmc-CEC firmware as a upnp media player and UI (ie a replacement for a Media Director) + CEC controller or purely as a CEC controller for your TV, you can use your Orbiters UI to send control commands to the Rpi to browse, select & stream media and also to power on/off your TV.

How many TV's support HDMI CEC control? In our experience if your TV has an HDMI port and was manufactured in the last 6 years it will almost certainly support CEC and specifically at least On/Off. So you may well have an older TV that has no RS232 or IP control capability but has an HDMI port - this almost certainly means HDMI CEC control is possible.

Find out more about Dianemo CEC Control for Rpi here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/ and info about Dianemo Licensing offers here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

Whether you have a LinuxMCE or a Dianemo Installation if you have any comments or questions about CEC control, or anything related to it, please post them here in this thread. You can also email or PM me - see the footer below for details.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo SmartHome App waiting for approval in the App Store
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:26 pm »
The new Dianemo SmartHome App that incorporates our new Athena HTML5 Orbiter technology is waiting for Approval in the iOS App Store. The new App will be free to download as with our original Dianemo iOS App (which will continue to be available in the App Store).

The Dianemo SmartHome App requires the new Athena architecture to be installed on your Dianemo NC for it to connect. We will be opening up our Athena Beta program in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andy

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Users / First look at the new Athena Orbiter iOS App
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:06:08 pm »
Here is a first look at our new Athena Orbiter App for iOS. We will also have an Android Athena App too as soon as we can get to it;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4

Anyway enjoy the video (it's a little improvised and rough around the edges). We'll hopefully post some more video over the weekend.

Enjoy!

Andy

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Developers / Open Source Dianemo
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:34:36 pm »
We've launched a Kickstarter Campaign today to fund the development of Open Source Dianemo;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100040#msg100040

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Users / Dianemo - Looking for Athena Orbiter & UI Layer Alpha Testers
« on: August 28, 2014, 01:42:12 pm »
See the forum post below for details of how to join our Athena Orbiter Alpha test program - make sure you watch the video linked to in the post;

http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100008#msg100008

Thanks

Andy

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Users / Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:36:41 pm »
First off I know this post will be contentious for many of you...but read on and then respond;

Back in the day when Pluto Inc were first developing Pluto (of which LinuxMCE & Dianemo are direct descendants) the Tech world was very different;

- Crestron were the Elephant in the room (still are?)
- Everything was expensive (I mean everything)
- There were no inexpensive Media Players or SmartTV's
- No inexpensive Tablets and SmartPhones hadn't been invented
- Building custom hardware was difficult & expensive

Its in this context that PXE booted Media Directors were born. They solved several problems in one hit; They enabled a '10 foot' TV based custom UI, they played local CD/DVD discs and could stream video from the Core, they provided local in-room control I/O at essentially zero marginal cost. At the time all these capabilities made incredible sense even though they added complexity. But today they largely don't.

Today the UI has migrated to your tablet or smartphone and is touch driven, we have low cost IP controllable media players and Blueray/DVD players that can play disc media and/or stream video content from anywhere, independent small IP controlled I/O is cheap and easy to install where ever you need it. The Media Director is a hangover from a previous age. It adds cost, complexity and adds considerably to the amount of energy a system consumes. Its another point of failure and a source of many problems both for those building and installing their own systems and for those using systems too.

How many threads here in the forum relate to problems with MD's? I don't know the number but its a big one. And they continue to cause reliability problems in use too. Yes some installations have MD's that don't cause any problems - but most do experience problems at some point. Of course upgrading from one OS release to another is also problematic too in terms getting displays configured and working properly again.

Removing MD's, using Orbiters on tablets or Smartphones and using IP controlled media players/SmartTV's seems to me to be a much better approach overall and its the one we've taken with Dianemo. It improves overall reliability, lowers energy usage, reduces the physical size of your system while improving video playback quality & performance.

For some of us its the challenge of getting our systems working that is the payback and in that sense MD's improve  systems! But I think for most of us we'd like fewer challenges and more smooth and rewarding usage of our systems. After all there are an infinite number of other pieces of hardware you can get a challenge from when integrating that won't stop your family from watching Game of Thrones ;-)

Comments?

All the best

Andy

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Developers / Building Dynamic Orbiters with JSON/AJAX/HTML5
« on: March 26, 2013, 11:54:21 am »
Here at Dianemo we're in the early phases of exploring the notion of building 'Next Gen' Orbiters in HTML5/JSON/AJAX. The idea being to enable anyone with some modern Web technology skills to be able to design & implement new Orbiter UI's in a Web browser. These Orbiters will not be restricted by the current Web Orbiter implementation or be based in anyway on those ie they will not be based around a series of big whole Orbiter screen bitmaps generated at the Core and displayed in the browser. They will be built & designed like any other HTML5 page.

At present we're in the embryonic stages of implementing some prototype devices at the Core that will expose JSON objects representing some simple devices eg On/Off Lights & Dimmable Lights etc. We're several months, at best, from having enough working to have anyone play around with this outside our team. However it would be useful to be able to gage how many of you with the right Web Development skills would be interested in being involved in testing this capability when we are ready.

So please drop a post into this thread if your interested in getting involved when we are ready and have the right skills (you will need to be familiar with building Web services/sites using JavaScript/JSON/AJAX/HTML5).

Also If you have questions about what we're doing in this area then by all means post them here too... I may not be able to answer every question as we're still figuring this out but I will do my best to answer as fully as I can.

All the best


Andrew

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If you are a Dianemo S user that has any of the following brands of IP enabled TV/BluRay Player/Media Player's;

- Sony
- LG
- Samsung
- Panasonic

If you have any devices from the above companies and would have some time to test your device with an upcoming update that will add support for IP control to these devices then please PM me or post here in this thread. If you have a device we have not tested support for then you could play a role in testing support for your device.

We expect the first release of IP control to be for Sony TV devices and this should be in about 7 days time. We are testing currently with the Sony BDP-S370 BluRay Player and the Sony KDL-32EX723. Any of the following TV models should work;

KDL-HX920 series
KDL-HX820 series
KDL-HX720 series
KDL-NX720 series
KDL-EX720 series
KDL-EX620 series
KDL-EX520 series
KDL-EX420 series
KDL-EX320 series
KDL-CX520 series

Get in touch if you can help test your IP enabled TV, BluRay Player or Media Player.

All the best


Andrew

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Users / Anyone using or thinking of using the LeGrand BTicino Bus system?
« on: September 28, 2011, 12:01:50 pm »
We just added support for LeGrand BTicino bus bus based systems to Dianemo. Support is implemented as a DCEwhisperer device template and initially we are supporting Lighting, Audio & Video bus components. We intend that over time the remaining bus components will be supported. The BTicino device supports full 2-way bidirectional comms with the Bus.

If anyone here in the forum has any BTicino bus hardware installed or has plans to install any we'd like to hear from you. We'd be happy to help anyone with plans to implement support for BTicino components that have not yet been implemented - please get in touch if BTicino support is something thats of interest to you.

All the best


Andrew

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Developers / First test of Dianemo 10.10 to Dianemo 11.04 upgrade
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:39:44 pm »
Just a heads up that we have successfully tested the upgrade of a standard Dianemo 10.10 NerveCentre installation to Ubuntu 11.04 using the standard Ubuntu upgrade procedure. We have logged a few minor issues but overall it was a completely painless upgrade with a normal reboot back into Dianemo at the end.

I should stress that this is a test of the process and should not be attempted yet by end users. When we are confident that we have any issues addressed then Dianemo users will get notified that they can Upgrade is the wish too.

Expect more updates on this here in this thread in the coming few weeks. If you have any questions relating to upgrading please post them in this thread to share them with others.

All the best


Andrew

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