Perceptive Automation makes fantastic home automation software for Macs called Indigo. A couple years ago, I decided to delve into automating various functions in our house. After reviewing several of the technologies on the market including X10, UPB, and ZigBee among others, I settled on a relatively new technology called Insteon, in part due to the great software I found for it. Perceptive Automation, the brilliant brain-child of Matt Bendiksen, provides extensive capabilities for automating your home. It does so in a way that is user friendly for non geeks, but is also incredibly flexible for geeks that want to automate every facet of their domestic lives. Indigo and Insteon are backward compatible to X10. However, after experiencing the reliability of Insteon, you may find yourself replacing any x10 devices you have. I use Indigo to control our lighting and irrigation, with plans to eventually automate HVAC and home entertainment. If you have ever wanted a Smart Home and own a Mac, I highly recommend Indigo. Available from MacHomeStore.com for $180.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.