« on: September 17, 2012, 09:32:23 am »
- lighting control
I'd recommend a cabled system like KNX over wireless solutions like Z-Wave
- whole house music
either get squeezeboxes for the zones where you don't have a LMCE MD or use soft squeeze on the core with an audio distribution system
- whole house A/V
done by the MDs
- temp control
KNX has nice temp controllers, for Z-Wave there are thermostats, too. There are also wifi powered thermostats available (and some of them supported currently via GSD)
- tts is built in
- voice recog is not yet supported
- proximity detection
works via bluetooth with mobile orbiters (either symbian or java phones). With some hacking you can also use active RFID tokens
- door locks
KNX has I/O moduls that can attach to any electromechanical door or opener. Z-Wave has bolts.
make sure that you've some motion detectors in place, they can also be used for lighting in e.g. the hallway. Run cables to your windows for contact closure sensors.
get some good webcams like axis or mobotix (the cheap ones make shitty pictures in the dark)
- garden sprinkler
get a rain8net device (it is supported) and attach 24V AC valves to it (e.g. from Gardena)
- appliances control
- other stuff
don't forget smoke detectors. What about blinds/drapes?