Home automation has been around for decades. But with the recent advent of the smartphone and the tablet, the market has started to evolve much more quickly. Just look at products like the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Philips Hue.

It seems like you can control pretty much anything with your smartphone or tablet these days, and we’ve come across a cool example of that. Check out this video of a house that has $80 grand of iPad-controlled home automation equipment…

The video comes from The Wall Street Journal (via BusinessInsider):

The 2,400-square-foot house is located in West Hollywood, California and belongs to Savan Kotecha. He is a songwriter and vocal producer for Simon Cowell’s popular X Factor TV show, and is a self-proclaimed “Apple freak.”

Kotecha uses home-automation company Crestron’s hardware and complimentary iPad app to control nearly everything in his house, from the shades and lights to his stereo and security cameras. He can also operate his pool from his tablet.

Of course, not everyone can afford an $80k system. But we’re starting to see more and more consumer-level products, like the Hue and the Nest, bring home automation to the masses. And we expect this space to grow exponentially over the next few years.

What do you think of home automation?

  • seyss

    are you serious

  • Al

    I’ve been thinking of this all along.. too bad I don’t have the money to make it come to life.. kudos to him.

  • CamSince89

    I bet its a bummer when the internet goes down for a while. Pretty cool though.

    • Damani Brown

      Has 4g/Lte. So the remote will always work. But, yeah internet in the house would destroy everything. LOL

  • there is a house in San Fran being built next to me with a very similar setup. Ipads on walls in every room and full automation.

  • iXanczy

    Comon iDB, this is your time to shine, EPIC GIVEAWAY!! jk(not really) ;D

  • too expensive at the moment bat as the tech matures will become cheaper and more available. The idea itself is great it’s too bad that the implementation is extremely long and the prices are extremely high

  • Dan

    Where did he get the app to control his swimming pool? App store?

  • Breathless

    I bet he would enjoy using a iPad mini instead to accomplish these tasks.

  • Justin

    That’s a house!

  • I would love to have a little drive by hacking on this house 😀

    I somehow understand that it’s cool to have an automatic house, but the security is much more worth i think :/

    And as far as i see it must be either controlled via Wifi (which is from easy hackable [WEP] – hard hackable but also possible [WPA2]) or bluetooth (which can be easily hacked)

    So yes, would be funny if he already have some cam’s in the house and you would first hack the cams than make some funny shit like changing music, turn on/off the lights and everything that is possible in it and record it by his own cameras 😀
    AND AFTER it, play the Recordings on all displays in the house with funny background music ^^