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Firecracker Serial Interface
Firecracker kit includes Firecracker interface, Palm Pad Remote Control, Powerline Transceiver and Lamp Module
Got home from work yesterday and there was a package on my desk. Ripped it open and it was the firecracker kit I bought on ebay.

Haven't had a chance to play with it yet, but I will be this weekend. (Michael Earls chastized me for messing with firecrackers, due to the serial interface. I'm getting the USB one soon... btw, you never replied to my last email.)

There's a few .NET & Firecracker related projects on the net already. GotDotNet and Sourceforge both have some.

Home Automation This is the USB one I want to get, eventually...

ActiveHome Pro

There's just too many toys to choose from right now.

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2005 8:53 AM General Interest | Back to top

Comments on this post: more X10 stuff

# re: more X10 stuff
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I personally never had much luck with the ActiveHome stuff, and just stuck with the Firecracker. The interface was flakey, software sucked, and there was no API available.
Left by Rob Chartier on May 27, 2005 12:59 PM

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no API? Have you tried downloading the SDK? and if you've given up on the AH stuff, are you looking to unload any of it cheap?? :)
Left by Chris on May 27, 2005 1:05 PM

# Control X10 devices + a/v equipment with Bluetooth mobile phone
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Pluto is a free, open source smart home solution that seamlessly integrates: 1) media with a server for music, movies and tv shows, plus a PVR and DVD Player, 2) a home automation system with touch-screen tablet and Bluetooth mobile phone controllers, 3) a phone system with video conferencing, 4) a security system that feeds you live video on your mobile phone when there are interruptions, and lets you speak to visitors through your stereos, and 5) a home PC solution. Check it out at

It lets you control your X10 devices with the PC, webpads, pdas and mobile phones, using both scenario shortcuts and interactive floorplans.
Left by laurac on Jun 16, 2005 2:14 PM

# re: more X10 stuff
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Did I ever return that email?
Left by Michael Earls on Sep 06, 2010 8:07 PM

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