How it Works
CastleOS is an integrated software suite for controlling the automation equipment
in your home - an operating system for your castle, if you will. The first piece
of the suite is what we call the "Core Service" - it acts as the central controller
for the whole system. This runs on any relatively recent Windows computer (or more
specifically, the computer that has an Insteon PLM or USB stick plugged in to it),
and creates a network connection to both your home automation devices, and the second
piece of the integrated suite - the remote access apps like the HTML5 app, Kinect
voice control app, and future Android/iOS apps.
Working in concert with the Core Service, these apps allow you to interact with
the system from any device, and, with a Kinect, in any room of your house by speaking
out loud. The HTML5 app can be accessed from your homes internal WiFi/network,
and if you choose to configure your router to allow it, from outside your home as
well (for instance, on your smartphone).
The Kinect voice control app similarly runs on a Windows computer (could be the
same one as the Core Service, or not) with an Xbox360 or Windows Kinect plugged
in. Once enabled, it persistantly listens (does not record) to any speech
in the room, and when a command is spoken aloud, it acts accordingly. We are very
proud to say that despite running 24/7 in a living room blasting loud music, movies,
TV, and other noise at it, we have reduced false positives to all but zero.
CastleOS is a protocol-agnostic system, that means it's designed to work with any
and all home automation protocols, like Insteon, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Android@Home, and
others. Our hope is to democratize home automation by using these "open" protocols,
so homeowners are no longer locked into expensive, proprietary systems like Control4
and Crestron. However, as we continue to develop and refine CastleOS, we are launching
with Insteon (and its built in X10) support only. You can expect other
protocols to follow suit in the coming months.
For the CastleOS Core Service
Windows XP SP3, 2003 SP3, or newer
Intel Pentium 4 or newer
Insteon: USB/Serial PLM, Hub, or SmartLinc
Z-Wave: coming very soon
Microsoft .NET 4.0 or newer (free download