Repost From Old Blog: Smart Homes


In the future people will live in smart homes… We’ve been hearing this forever… But the time has come.

First things first, not all my posts will begin with “smart” by  coincidence it just so happens I’m thinkin’ about “smart” stuff.

Anyways… Smart Houses are coming, their rise has already begun, consider home servers, lighting systems controlled by people’s iPhones, etc. The real, everyday smart home will work like this…

Scenario: Average weekday morning. Setting: Smart Apartment…

  1. A seemingly normal alarm clock awakens you, but said alarm clock has a motion sensor. The sensor makes sure you are awake for real, not just reaching to hit the snooze button.
  2. The clock confirms you “awakeness” and sends a signal to the smart apt.’s core (A small, linux based computer in your closet).
  3. The signal triggers various scripts on the core cpu, these scripts turn on your shower, begin making your coffee, and queue  up a collection of preselected podcasts [their audio follows you throughout the apt’s speaker system] (They could also turn on the TV or radio).
  4. You take your shower, get dressed.
  5. Your coffee is waiting.
  6. You leave, the smart apt turns off all the lights and appliances (except the fridge) and locks down the security system.

I chose a smart apartment for my example because the first instances of the technology would probably be in smaller dwellings. Smart home tech could be implemented easier than you think, too. Barring the speaker network and the programmable shower you wouldn’t have to rip out any walls to set up your smart home. The Linux computer core in your closet would have a web connection and would also be a full fledged server, it would have (assuming the OS wars are still going) clients for both Mac and PC that would allow you to set up the scripts or select from a collection of basic tasks. The core would connect to your home’s power system and use standard wall outlets to command the devices gathered in your abode. All smart home compatible devices would use an industry standard system to send and receive commands. Standard wall outlets have been used for internet connections and could definitely handle simple commands.

In short, A geek with a medium budget could build his own smart home, go forth geeks, let’s see google house before decade’s end!