Housemate allows you to use your Android or Apple iOS smartphone/Tablet to control your home environment by connecting with your appliances.
HouseMate is a combined hardware/app solution that enables a switch user to fully control their iOS or Android device via Bluetooth.
The device is controlled using the built-in switch or by connecting an external switch or joystick. It can also be interfaced to R-Net and DX wheelchair control systems.
It is powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and contains a powerful omnidirectional InfraRed transmitter and a Bluetooth radio module. The hardware communicates the switch presses to the smart-phone using Bluetooth. On an iOS device the switch presses drive the iOS Switch Control functions. On an Android device the ClickToPhone app implements the scanning. When the user chooses an environmental control option the app instructs the hardware to transmit the corresponding InfraRed code. The Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and HouseMate is reliable and fast. When the user presses their switch the smartphone wakes up immediately and is ready for use. HouseMate can be fitted with a radio frequency pager. This alarm can be activated at anytime by pressing the switch for a defined period of time. Importantly, this feature is independent of the smart-phone. A further possibility is the control of EasyWave or Z-Wave appliances using HouseMate’s optional internal RF transmitter to control light switches, thermostats etc.