.NET Micro Framework & Home Automation


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It looks like the .NET micro framework is becoming an attractive platform for home automation. In the last few weeks, I spotted 2 articles which discuss this:

http://www.embedded2enterprise.com/issue2/pg01.html (Z-Wave)
Looking for a solution path to reach the goal of innovation in home automation on the Z-Wave standard, Leviton found that the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework provided the development environment best suited for its product development and integration needs. Lightweight embedded control technologies are central to the .NET Micro Framework because it combines the reliability and efficiency of .NET with the productivity of Microsoft Visual Studio®. The .NET Micro Framework extends the power and richness of .NET development into the realm of the smallest of devices, where there are typically constraints on cost, memory, processor capabilities, or battery power.

“Among the factors that made the .NET Micro Framework attractive to us was Microsoft’s position in the marketplace,†says Ian Hendler, Director of Automation Products for Residential Technologies for Leviton. “Having a common set of libraries that developers can write to in the .NET Micro Framework was also very, very attractive.â€

http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS6488003219.html (ZigBee)
Crossbow Technology will demonstrate its tiny XScale-based platform for wireless sensing, at the Sensors Expo tradeshow next week. The Imote2 is supported by a 2.6.14 Linux port from Intel's Mote 2 project, and will soon gain support for .NET Micro Framework, Microsoft's new low-end embedded platform.
.NET Micro Framework 2 or above I have 3. Is also needed for the Simplehomenet EZIO Setup Utility for their line of EZIO modules.
I have been interested in this for a while also. I was waiting for it to become more popular tho before I start investing time and money into a new hobby.