06. September 2016 · Comments Off on The 10 Best Apps For Your Digital Smart House · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

It’s official – the 1999 Disney Channel Original film Smart House has moved out of fantasyland and into reality. While admittedly we don’t yet have breathalyzers that analyze your diet or carpets that absorb smoothie spills, we aren’t as far off as you might think!These incredible home apps upgrade daily living, allowing users to monitor and adjust their homes to startling specificity.

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10. April 2015 · Comments Off on How will the smart home change the way we live? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

With What is the smart home?, I started a series that looks at the implications of the Internet of Things taking over our homes. The thesis is that the Silicon Valley geniuses who are designing smart thermostats don’t know much about how heating systems work, and the people designing smart houses don’t know much about houses or the people who occupy them. In 1956, if someone wanted a vision of the smart house of the future, they would go to architects; now it’s all about interconnected sensors designed by engineers. As much as I continue to praise the dumb home, we are going into an era of tumultuous change in how our houses work and how we interact with the things in them.

via How will the smart home change the way we live? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

11. March 2015 · Comments Off on This guy’s light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The challenge of being a futurist pioneer is being Patient Zero for the future’s headaches.

In 2009, Raul Rojas, a computer science professor at the Free University of Berlin (and a robot soccer team coach), built one of Germany’s first “smart homes.” Everything in the house was connected to the Internet so that lights, music, television, heating and cooling could all be turned on and off from afar. Even the stove, oven, and microwave could be turned off with Rojas’s computer, which prevented some potential panic attacks about leaving an appliance on after exiting the house. One of the few things not connected in the house were the locks. Automated locks Rojas bought in 2009 are still sitting in a drawer waiting to be installed. “I was afraid of not being able to open the doors,” Rojas said in a phone interview.

via This guy’s light bulb performed a DoS attack on his entire smart house — Fusion.

15. January 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Westinghouse Security’ Launches with Home Automation Hub Built into Crazy-Smart Door Lock · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Westinghouse is in the house. The smart house. Westinghouse Security launched this week at CES 2015 with a Z-Wave home automation hub built into one of the smartest door locks out there. Too smart, maybe, but we’ll get to that.

via ‘Westinghouse Security’ Launches with Home Automation Hub Built into Crazy-Smart Door Lock – Article from CE Pro.

15. December 2014 · Comments Off on What is a smart home anyway? · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

At a recent panel discussion on smart homes held at Toronto’s Workshop, three of the four panelists had been on TreeHugger before: Janna Levitt, Paul Dowsett and Ted Kesik. Both Ted and Paul showed this image of what they considered to be a really smart house: a wigwam, as built by the Algonquin and Chippewa. And it is surprisingly* really sophisticated…

via What is a smart home anyway? : TreeHugger.