That headline is only half the story. Savant Systems, a home control company exhibiting here at CEDIA in Atlanta, actually has two blog-worthy products. One is its Protégé system, which uses the iPhone as its controller.
The other is an add-on to its Rosie (inspired by the Jetson's robotic maid) system, which adds what the company calls TrueImage Control with GestureTouch Navigation. TrueImage uses a touchscreen panel (pictured) that displays pictures of your varying rooms. You touch a lighting fixture on the picture, and that light turns on or off. Hold your finger on the fixture image and the light dims up or down. And the fixture on-screen shows you what the light is doing as its doing it. You move from room-to-room on the touchscreen by swiping through room images, iPhone-style.
There are six TrueImage touch panels; 7- , 9- and 12-inch in-wall panels and 7- , 9- and 13-inch table top panels. An installer comes to your house and takes pictures of your rooms, then maps those images to the system. What happens if you redecorate? Um, well...
While TrueImage only controls lighting at the moment, the company plans to add A/V and window shade control in the coming months. The initial lighting system will be available later this year. You need the multi-room Rosie controller system, and a basic system will run you around $15,000.
Protégé is a smaller, simpler multi-room system, but offers all the usual distributed A/V (including an iTunes Digital Media Server), lighting, security and window shade controls. It's also the first/only Apple-based system, and let's you use up to eight iPhones/iPod Touches as controllers. You can even supplement your iPhones with TrueImage panels. A basic Protégé system costs "only" around $5,000.