HIO Wallpad

HIO Wallpad

An ARM based open architecture in-wall Power-over-Ethernet touch controller to connect and automate everything in your home or office.

The HIO Wallpad is a way to completely connect and control your entire home or office in one centralized easy-to-install unit. Running off the latest generation ARM Processor, the Android powered Wallpad is universally compatible with a number of different control and home automation applications. 

 

Features

PoE (Power over Ethernet)

We consolidated the data and power into one port with Power over Ethernet. This provides the HIO Wallpad with power and network connectivity using only one standard Ethernet cable. The Wallpad includes the low-voltage PoE module to adhere to building safety codes so you don’t have to worry about running new high-voltage electrical lines to power the unit. We know how expensive it is to have licensed electricians and installers work in your home or office. With the Wallpad, installation is now as easy as running an Ethernet cable through your wall without violating building codes, creating fire hazards, or voiding insurance claims.

Power-Over-Ethernet also makes the HIO Wallpad a dedicated and secure network controller without the hassle of WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity issues.  

Modular

Accomplishing this small form factor was no easy task. We developed a modular design to both save space in cramped areas (like a standard electrical gang box) as well as making upgrades super easy.

The Wallpad control panel is made up of three different boards connected by HIO Project’s 200 available pins. The first board is the HIO Main Board which holds CPU, Memory, and Storage. The second board is the Display Board, connecting the LCD touchscreen, and the third board is the PoE Board which provides Power Over Ethernet, serial interface, and 12V DC power option.

With this modular design, the HIO Wallpad allows you to swap out different screen sizes for the touchscreen, making expansion and upgrading easy in the future, based on the same platform. Also, additional stackable boards can be developed for a number of display interfaces, camera ports, audio input/output, and other home automation communication protocols.

Touch Screen

The HIO Wallpad comes with a 3.5″ LCD Touch Screen as your control panel interface. In the future, we will be able to design, develop, and create different screen sizes for the Wallpad, expanding user experiences. Upgrading is as simple as putting Lego bricks together with our modular design.

Open Architecture

The Wallpad is an open architecture design, allowing you to code your own software and develop your own hardware to control almost anything. The Wallpad is powered by the newest Freescale Cortex A9 1GHz iMX.6 DualLite Processor and comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean).

As mentioned in the video, many home automation installers are using Apple products like iPods and iPads to serve as controllers. This only adds to the overall cost of a wall-mounted touchscreen controller. As we all know, iOS is a closed OS platform which restricts you to what is only available in the App Store. Also, Apple products requires a proprietary power connector, limiting in-wall power options and making installation difficult.The HIO Wallpad is an open architecture design, making this unique system easy to install and ready to hack.

Customizable Face Plates

We will provide you with the CAD files, Gcode, and STL files, and drawings of the standard faceplate. You can 3D print your own custom faceplate in different colors and different shapes to match your wall colors and room decor.

Standard Gang Box Ready

The HIO Wallpad was designed to easily fit inside a standard 2-Gang Box making installing relatively quick and easy. This was accomplished through our newly created form factor of the HIO Project board which is only 72mm x 80mm. Also, having a screwless design, installation is effortless.

We came up with a way to keep the Wallpad looking sleek and integrated into your wall with two rare earth magnets which hold the unit to the included metal bracket. As stated, there is no need for screwdrivers to remove the HIO Wallpad. Simply pull the device out of the wall to make quick adjustments. 

Applications

Controlling your home just got easier with the HIO Wallpad centralized touchscreen control unit. With plans to develop and build hardware platforms to connect with standard home-automation communication protocols such as Z-Wave, the Wallpad controls your home effortlessly.

With WiFi, Z-Wave, and Ethernet you can control your entire home’s lights, HVAC system, and set your thermostat. With screen mirroring you can view your entire security feed all in one place. In addition to security features, the screen mirroring can be used to share videos and pictures from your home or cloud servers.

Other Home Automation Activities

  • Remote Slow Cooker – for a hot and ready meal for the entire family after a long day at work.
  • Smart hub for all media around your home – connected to a home server or the cloud, the Wallpad can be used to play music and videos through your home entertainment system.
  • With screen mirroring and WiFi option, the Wallpad serves as a hub to which you can stream apps onto your TV screen or projector.
  • Home intercom system – with plans for new screens and camera options, you can use the Wallpad as an intercom system to check who is at your front door or connect with your family members around the house.

With the combinations of our PoE dedicated system and third-party home automation software, the HIO Wallpad can be used as a stand alone home automation system. In the future, the open architecture community can provide more applications and uses for the HIO Wallpad.

Having a single location where you can make sure your office building is secure and safe can make your life and business easier to manage. Knowing you can lock your doors and monitor your company’s sensitive material guarantees your peace of mind.

You can program the HIO Wallpad to control

  • Indoor, outdoor, and perimeter security lights
  • Security Surveillance Systems
  • Conference room projectors and screens
  • Office thermostats

The HIO Wallpad can also help save energy costs, limiting how long your A/C or heater is running and making sure lights are off.

With many TV shows moving towards online streaming, more and more dedicated streaming devices are launching like the Chromecast, and Roku. If you have a screen mirroring capable TV, the HIO Wallpad with WiFi option can be used as a host device to provide all your online video content.

You can also use this as a smart controller for a much bigger project. For example, you can use it on a dispensing machine like a custom soda mixer, ice cream vending machine, or any general vending machine. With 400 available pins bringing out different I/O and customizable board modules, you can control almost anything with the HIO Wallpad.

Specifications

The Main Board

PROCESSOR – Freescale Cortex A9 1GHz i.MX6 DualLite
MEMORY – 1GB on-board DDR3
ETHERNET – 1x Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi – Internal USB WiFi module (With HIO Wallpad WiFi Option)
STORAGE- 1x microSD slot (internal), on-board NAND Flash (4GB default)
USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 OTG (device only, internal)
AUDIO – MIC-in internal header, 2x header to 2x 1W internal speaker (optional)

The Display

DISPLAY – 3.5″ LCD Touchscreen Panel
INTERFACE – Parallel RGB
RESOLUTION – 480×800
BRIGHTNESS – 500 cd/m2
CONTRAST RATIO – 500
TOUCHPANEL – Projective capacitive touchscreen

The PoE Board

POWER – RJ-45, Power Over Ethernet 802.3af compliant
ETHERNET – RJ45 PoE input or standard GbE input without PoE module
DC INPUT – 2-pin terminal block or RJ45 12V DC power input
SERIAL PORT – 1x RS-232 (Tx,Rx) via RJ45, 4x RS-232 (Tx,Rx) via internal pin header

The Enclosure

BEZEL – White (default), interchangeable
MATERIALS – Plastic, Aluminum, Steel
COOLING – Fanless
MOUNTING – 2-Gang box (vertical), Screwless faceplate
OPERATING TEMPERATURES – 0 – 50°C 
DIMENSIONS – 164 x 114 x 40 mm

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