For the past while I’ve been thinking about extending my ancient X-10 based home automation. It wasn’t clear to me what technology was most appropriate but earlier this week my mind was made up for me. micasaverde announced their Vera home automation server based upon Z-Wave RF technology.
This little device is essentially a router platform running Linux and built to control Z-wave devices. Combine this with a story I read over at Small Net Builder about how to connect X-10 and Z-Wave control systems and I think I may have found a way to keep what I have presently, but grow in capability.
What pushed me over the edge on this was the companies offer to sell the device at 50% off to a group of early adopters. They will get a device before it’s general release to help the company test their software against the widest possible range of Z-wave devices.
I’ve ordered one for myself. More news when I get one in-hand.