ThinkFlood Launch RedEye Pro Linux Based Home Automation System

RedEye Pro

ThinkFlood’s popular original IR system for iOS devices just got a new big brother.  The RedEye Pro is a rack mount Linux server that attaches to your network to provide IR and Home Automation control.

You can command your home from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with the iOS app, as well as any PC, Smartphone, tablet or other device with a browser.  ThinkFlood are currently developing apps for Android phones and tablets too.

RedEye Pro’s 8 routable infrared ports with gain control are ideal for complex AV system management and its contact closure sensors allow you to trigger activities and commands in response to external events, such as the opening of a garage door or the a rising water level in your basement.

Contact relays make it easy to activate other equipment and its RS-232 and built in scripting gives you the ability for two-way control and integration with a host of smart home systems such as lighting and security.  Network connectivity comes from the on board 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11 b/g WiFi…

RedEye Pro Rack

“RedEye Pro goes beyond the home theater control of our original RedEye and allows you to manage a wide variety of equipment, including lighting and security systems, HVAC, pumps and sprinklers, and more. Of course RedEye Pro still lets you use whatever device you have handy as a controller, whether it be a PC, a smartphone, or a tablet.

On the surface, RedEye Pro works just like our original RedEye unit — it attaches to your home network so that you can control equipment from a wide variety of devices, including iPhones, iPads, and personal computers. RedEye Pro simplifies control of your equipment using activities, so you can tap one button to play a movie, another to listen to music, a third to watch television — without having to provide a user manual explaining the gory details of how your TV connects to your AV receiver connects to your cable box connects to your Blu-Ray player. Phew.

RedEye Pro further extends simplified control by allowing you to connect to more equipment. First, RedEye Pro is able to control more than one room in the house at a time — it can even synchronize control across multiple rooms. Second,

RedEye Pro comes equipped with a wide array of physical connections so that it can work with devices that receive infrared commands as well as those that communicate over a serial port (RS-232), using sensors, relays, and more.

For example, by integrating with a lighting system, you can configure RedEye Pro not only to control the lighting as part of your activities, but you can also use light switches to control RedEye Pro and the other equipment connected to it. Imagine walking in the front door and having the lights come on automatically and your favorite music or radio program start playing quietly in the background.

  • Connected – Routable infrared with digital gain control, contact closure sensors and relays, RS-232, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11 b/g WiFi mean RedEye Pro can talk to anything you care to throw at it.
  • Flexible – Configure a single RedEye Pro to control multiple rooms, and soon combine multiple RedEye Pro units together into a single functional unit for even more connectivity.
  • Sophisticated – Advanced scripting for complete control and seamless integration with other systems. Internal power supply, fanless operation, stylish design, and included mounting kit so RedEye Pro looks great in a rack or a stack.

RedEye Pro is available now from select dealers and custom integrators.

Technical Specifications


  • Eight (8) dual-purpose, 3.5mm infrared emitter/contact closure sensor ports with digital gain control up to 150mA @ 5V per port
  • Four (4) contact closure relays, each rated up to 1A @ 24V with debounce
  • Two (2) RS-232 ports (DB9) running up to 230.4kbps, with software or hardware flow control
  • Two (2) 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45) with an internal switch
  • One (1) USB-A port (front panel)
  • Two (2) USB-A ports (rear panel)
  • One (1) USB-B port (rear panel)
  • 802.11 b/g WiFi


  • “RedEye Pro” networked home automation processor
  • Power cord (6 feet/2 meters)
  • Rack mounting kit (ears, faceplate, fasteners)


  • Routable infrared control
  • Integrated infrared learning sensor
  • Multi-room and whole house control
  • Bi-directional device control using RS-232
  • Storage capacity for dozens of devices and hundreds of commands
  • Simultaneous communication with controller clients (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, PC, etc)


  • iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation), iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4, or iPad running iOS 3.0 or later
  • RedEye software application (available as a free download from iTunes)


  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) network with Internet connection


  • Virtually all home entertainment devices with infrared capabilities. (Infrared transmission up to 1MHz; infrared learning up to 100kHz.)
  • RS-232 devices up to 230.4kbps
  • 802.11b/g networking
  • WEP, WPA, WPA2 security protocols

Device Compatibility

  • iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generations)
  • iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS/4
  • iPhone 4
  • iPad
  • Personal computer (running Windows, Mac, or Linux OS)
  • Android phones and tablets (coming soon)

1 Comment on "ThinkFlood Launch RedEye Pro Linux Based Home Automation System"

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing more about RedEye Pro, looks like a really good product and from what i’ve seen the price isn’t bad either.

    I’d like to see some video clips of this in action, Thinkflood need more and better information on their website, before I buy!

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