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    'wondered if anyone knew of an app (iPhone) that can be used to send a message to Cortex just by tapping its icon ...

    message to be varied from time to time, and perhaps the possibility of a choice of three messages ...

    for releasing locks on front door & opening garage doors ...

    ???

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    There are GSM gate openers. These have a couple of relays and you just dial the GSM box let it ring a couple of times and it opens the gate. You can set up via text messages allowed numbers etc.
    Have a look at these links
    http://www.gate-opener.co.uk/
    http://www.quantekshop.co.uk/gsm%20g...ontroller.html
    http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/sms-...-wireless.html
    http://www.gsm-caravan-alarm.co.uk/m...ate_opener.htm

    And a homebrew version
    http://www.35thchamber.com/content/s...ed-gate-opener
    Uses google voice,may be able to use Skype or VoipBuster.
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    interesting, thanks ...

    tempting, and some useful insights, too ...

    in our case, though, we'd need three ...

    and we already have the house end of the set-up, we're just short of the 'phone end ...

    ie: Cortex makes a pretty good job of interfacing with the locks & openers, allowing all sorts of interlocks & checks, and it can deal with e-mails & SMS & even Skype, to a degree - e-mail would be preferred, to avoid the costs of having to have more SIM cards - but ... the UI would be far too long-winded to be useful for everyday opening of doors ...

    'tis one of life's mysteries, that Idratek have nothing to offer in the App world of iOS & others ... so far, at least ...

    not easy, of course, to do well - there are some quite elaborate Apps available for (eg) iPhone, that provide Remote Control functionality, but none seems to go quite far enough or to offer a suitably direct & intuitive interface ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_j_hunter View Post
    'tis one of life mysteries, that Idratek have nothing to offer in the App world of iOS & others ... so far, at least ...
    Something like this perhaps ?
    (Multi-platform - HTML5)
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    Nice, I hope it is easily ported so that those not on the Apple bandwagon could also get hold of it.

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    imagine that's why it's being done in HTML5 ...

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    Doh how did I miss that in Karam's post!! Maybe looked at the pics and missed the mention of HTML5 which is what I was hoping for. Good news

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    >something like this perhaps ...

    looks good ...

    presumably the objective will be quick checks & interventions from (eg) iPhone - check the house is OK, open a door, turn-up a light, switch-on the telly, etc ...

    and perhaps the same but also something more elaborate from (eg) iPad ...

    iPad pixel count is really quite large now, which maybe opens-up the possibilities ...

    can't wait to try it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karam View Post
    Something like this perhaps ?
    (Multi-platform - HTML5)
    A preview of v26? How long to wait?

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