Habey USA Kickstarts the HIO Wallpad, a Drop-in, Android Universal Controller

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – April 8th, 2014 – Just days after the announcement of the HIO Project, an open hardware project, Habey USA launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund the HIO Wallpad. 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 Freescale ARM Processor, the Android powered Wallpad is universally compatible with a number of different control and home automation applications.

Powered by Android, the HIO Wallpad is an open architecture design, which allows you to code your own software and develop your own hardware to control almost anything. The data and power have been consolidated 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 comes with a 3.5″ LCD Touch Screen as your control panel interface. In the future, community developers will be able to design, develop, and create different screen sizes for the Wallpad, expanding user experiences. a 7″ development kit is available as a backer option. Since it is based on the HIO Project’s HIoTX form factor, it can easily fit inside a standard 2-Gang Box making installing relatively quick and easy. With the combinations of our PoE dedicated system and third-party home automation software, the HIO Wallpad can be used as a standalone home automation system. In the future, the open architecture community can provide more applications and uses for the HIO Wallpad.

Kickstarter:
Kickstarter Short Link: http://kickstarter.hioproject.org
The HIO Project: http://www.hioproject.org

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