Archive for the ‘Shion Environments’ Category

Shion Environments: Air conditioned third floor (& iPhone app)

July 28th, 2009

I’ve been running a bit behind in posting new Shion environment entries, but I was fortunate a couple of weeks ago to have one contributed by a user. Guillaume Boudreau had the problem of keeping his house cool, and decided to use Shion to help solve the problem:

“My central HVAC system has issues cooling down the 3rd floor of our house during the summer. Even with all 1st & 2nd floor traps closed, the system, which is in the basement, has difficulties cooling down the 3rd floor. The higher the exterior temperature, the higher the difference of temperature between the 1st and 3rd floors. The average difference is somewhere between 4 and 5°C, and I measured differences as high as 10°C in the beginning of the summer. That means if I set my (1st floor) thermostat to 23°C, the 3rd floor temperature can reach 33°C. Quite uncomfortable to watch TV or work at our desks / computers. Even more so since I installed a (ceiling-mounted) HD projector to replace our old plasma screen on the 3rd floor, where our home theater is setup. That thing will start making a lot of (fan) noise as the temperature climbs… And temperature can climb pretty fast at the highest point of the house!”

Read on to see how he solved this problem using Shion, an INSTEON ApplianceLinc, a portable air conditioner, and a custom-built iPhone app.

Shion Environments: Audacious Software Office 2.0

May 25th, 2009

Audacious Software Office 2.0 This is the first in a series of posts highlighting how Shion users around the world use the system to automate their homes and other environments. If you are using Shion and would like to show off your setup, please send an e-mail to

Several months ago, I began working on Audacious Software as a full-time venture when I rented a small 7 foot by 9 foot space from my friends at The House Theatre of Chicago. It was a nice environment to bootstrap the development of the new version of Shion and it had the advantage of also becoming Audacious Software’s first live testing lab.

Last month, the theatre company and I relocated to a new space down the hall and I tripled my space in order to handle the growing amount of computers, test equipment, and other devices that this growing enterprise is generating. Along with the desks and computers, came the automation equipment as well. Once I hooked everything up, the new office became Testing Lab 2.0.