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Use the iPhone To Control Home Security Via Vista Sideshow

Getting an NES emulator to work on the iPhone ain’t got nothing on this! Lagotek Corporation and Ikanos Consulting are working together to bring Vista Sideshow technologies to the iPhone and iPod Touch. What makes their application particularly interesting is that you can effectively transform the iPhone into a mobile controller for your home, switching on lights and activating the security system right from the palm of your hand.

Dubbed Lagotek HIP Modes, these “user created macro states of the Home” can automatically and wirelessly control lights, temperatures, music, audio/video devices, and more. This seems incredibly handy. In order to get it to work, you need the software for the iPhone or iPod touch, but you also need to run Go Gadgets for iPhone and iPod touch on a Windows Vista machine. This is a web application and a client-server system “for adding Windows SideShow capability to a wide range of connected smart devices” like, say, the iPhone.

This SideShow control can also be used with other devices that connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, or GPRS/EDGE/3G. I hope to check out their booth while at CES 2008 to get more details, but this sounds like a very promising application!

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