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Open Source Smart Home

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 02, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Aug 01, 2014

Image from Architect Magazine Honda (yes, the car company) recently made the plans for its experimental smart home available for free. Such open sourcing is de rigueur in software development circles, but in architecture? Michael Koenig, a project engineer for the company, explains: "We're not in the business of building houses. Honda wants to be involved in this future, and there are certainly some products where it might make sense for us to participate in. It'll be on the energy management side of it, for sure." Image from Architect Magazine By actively monitoring and optimizing energy consumption, the Honda home located in Northern California is expected to generate a surplus of 2.6 megawatt hours per year. Such research into energy efficient may make, at least tangentially, sense for a car company. But the smart home of the future will actually extend far beyond energy management. It will be about each of us individually. About streamlining the way we live. Take a table lamp with night light for example. Now imagine it communicating with your alarm, switching to the night light in the early evening and fading the lamp back on as the sun rises.  Or consider your front yard. We carry an awesome selection of modern outdoor lights online , but imagine if your outdoor lighting system could sense your proximity and brighten the yard minutes before you arrived home to "secure the property" and guarantee you safe passage from the car to the door.  Image from Architect Magazine These are the real promises of a smart home, in which your calendars, GPS, and machine-learned habits are all understood and catered to. Pipe dreams for the future? maybe, but with Honda's open-sourcing just the latest bold move in the smart home arena, I think we will soon see those dreams turn into reality. Images: Architect Magazine






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