Has Smarthome finally cracked the "more hassle than its worth" problem that dogs home automation? Their new INSTEON Hub certainly looks like it might (but it is not shipping yet).
The price is right ($129) and it appears to just be a sleek, quiet box that you control using an iOS or Android device. No monthly fees, and there seems to be a smidgeon of scheduled event and notification support, too. Those of us used to the total control and flexibility that a PC-based system offers might feel this is too simplistic, but my gut reaction is that this could be exactly what the average person would consider. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how this develops.