Home Automation advice and reviews

Is there anyone that knows something about home automation.  I've been tapped to desgin the perfect home automation solution.  ANyone know anything about brands, devices etc?  Best way to get started?
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CallandorCommented:
That's an interesting situation you are in - design a perfect home automation solution, and you have to learn more about it.

Take a look at what existing vendors do - http://www.smarthome.com, http://www.homeauto.com/main.asp, http://www.homecontrols.com/
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MereteCommented:
I don't personally,  we have solar power, and am in Australia so we may have different countries.
did you want voice recognition or just the entire house wired to a main

How about these to learn about the ins and outs,
Technical Manual
browse on the left
Do-it-Yourself Home Automation!
How Do I Get Started With Home Automation?
Brands
Winplus Home Automation Ultimate Starter and Security Kits - Reviewed
http://www.digitalreviews.net/reviews/miscellaneous/winplus-home-automation-ultimate-starter-and-security-kits-reviewed.html
http://www.homeseer.com/
http://www.whomedigital.com.au/?gclid=CIHcqLGtq68CFYYepAodu2Q-ng
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