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As mentioned in a recent post I've installed MCE2005 - and scanning back through some previous Gizmodo posts I came across this Home Automation plug-in to MCE2005 from HAI.

Now I love my gadgets and love the idea of a central integrated control system (just using WebShifter to schedule TV recordings from my Smartphone is currently pushing my geek buttons) but connecting a Windows based PC to things that could potentially destroy your home*....hmmm. Still MCE2005 is nice and extensible (check out the SDK here) so maybe I can make some money from an 'Alert Emergency Services' plug-in!

Anyway these guys are the UK distributors for HAI - my next post will probably from the park bench just across from the smoldering remains of my flat.

Seriously though I'll be checking out the product line up and prices - it looks a fantastic system and having it in MCE...top marks.

PS: If you are installing MCE2005 don't bypass "Windows Messenger" on the install if you want IM integration - I didn't bother with it as I wanted to install "MSN Messenger" but MCE only integrates with XP's "Windows Messenger" - I'll have a hunt for a hack or tweak maybe. Why there are two products is a mystery in the first place?!

* Disclaimer (think I should included something about the above): er, I have no knowledge that these products have any ability to destroy your home.

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