Just wanted to do give a quick week end update on Open Remote. We hang out around OR skype chat these days. This is a good way of working. Everyone is remote, but chatting with someone in China is not a problem. It is fun and it also leaves a trace you can read. The chuit-chuit sound is as intrusive as email so it works for me.
Most notable, Juha is making progress on the hardware. We were looking at assembling custom hardware to fill the role of the Controllers. It is a Linux box on miniATX hardware (Alix, Atom etc). After spec'ing around we are going to go with the eee. I am awaiting a shipment of 10 B202, origin TW. These will be OR limited series :) development machines. I was going to have them tagged by a talented street artist here in Madrid, but he flew back to Chile.
By standardizing on the eee it enables us to focus on software and delivering a box that works with IR as a milestone. We are actively pursuing delivering iPhone-IR integration as a first runtime. The interesting thing is that once we have a running end-to-end example, adding new runtimes will be modular. Both from the hardware and software standpoint.
We are surfing the eee wave, then. Atom is a good thing and will go down in price, Moore's Law style. Juha was commenting on Skype that it would be ARM vs ATOM in the near-future. With ARM7 currently pricing in the $30 range, we are talking about actuators, embedded soon.
Something tells me the hardware side of automation is about to evolve by a quantum leap.