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Control Your Home with Phlink

The Phlink Telephone Adapter for Mac OS X provides a way to control and monitor your home over the phone, and it’s easy to integrate with Indigo.

How would you like to check on your house while at the office or on the road? There are a few ways to do this, such as using a web browser [Hack #99] or having your home send you email [Hack #73] . One of the most useful methods, especially in a situation in which you don’t have access to a computer, is to control your home over the phone using touch-tone commands. But beyond just sending commands to your home [Hack #33] , it’s even better when you can have the home speak its status using voice synthesis.

This hack uses Indigo [Hack #18] and the innovative Ovolab Phlink (http://www.ovolab.com/phlink/; $150). The Phlink, which connects to your phone line and computer (via a USB telephone adapter), can answer telephone calls, identify callers based on CID information, record voicemail messages, and make outgoing telephone calls. Additionally, Phlink has terrific AppleScript support, which allows for integration with other Mac OS X applications. Perceptive Automation has written a set of AppleScripts that integrate Indigo and Phlink, giving you a speech-synthesized menu system that enables you to control Indigo in the following ways, all over the phone:


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