Thursday, 24 January 2008

Special launch edition - up for auction!

AlertMe is now offering our SPECIAL LAUNCH EDITION - only 10 limited edition kits, signed by the team, and including an AlertMe logo T-shirt and 1 Gb USB memory stick!

It's up for auction on eBay - CLICK HERE TO BID.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

ZigBee at the Consumer Electronics Show

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas gets quite a lot of mainstream press these days, as well as being thoroughly covered in the "techie" media.

TechwebTV have a video interview about ZigBee, in which they talk to the ZigBee Alliance's head of marketing, Brent Hodges. Brent talks about the ways in which ZigBee can help people have more energy efficient homes, by connecting thermostats, appliances, lighting, and electricity meters together. He also mentions ZigBee being used for home security, and around 5 minutes 10 seconds into the clip, you'll spot AlertMe's demo!

If you're at CES this year, you will find our very own VP Marketing, Nik Rouda, at the Ember booth, and demos of our kit at both Ember and Control4's booths.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Solar Hot Water

Just before Christmas we had an interesting meeting with folks from Viridian Concepts. With high oil prices and global warming, there's lots of interest in domestic solar water heating solutions but it can take a long time for such systems to pay back their install costs. Viridian's novel approach is to avoid chasing every last percent of operating efficiency and focus instead on keeping the initial cost low, so payback time is short. Their "Solar House" report is a model example of how to gather and present data clearly, and a real treat for a graph-nut like me. They also taught us the important concept of Embodied Energy - the energy used to make a product, including all of its constituent parts.

If and when AlertMe integrates with domestic Heating controls, maybe we'll end-up working together - of course we plugged the benefits of ZigBee to them!

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Ember powers AlertMe

News from AlertMe and Ember:

Read the press release here.

A great start to the New Year!