The automated home has been a part of the vision for the future for a long time, from its earliest incarnation in devices like the Clapper people have been looking, wanting, needing their home to take away the hastel, bother, and annoyance of getting up out of the chair and turning the lights on and off.
Today we are seeing more and more the consumerisation of this technology, starting with products like X10 moving on to even cheaper Bye Bye Standby and Domia Lite systems, now you can’t walk through the electronics isle in B&Q without walking past the Home Automation kits, or bumping into the Energy Saving remotes in Robert Dyas.
Although all these systems propose to make your life easier and your home more energy efficient, the one thing they don’t offer is automation, a automatic some might say robotic home is a home where your every need is precalculated and enacted ready for you to enjoy.
Detecting you’re just around the corner from the drive, your house turns on the flood lighting to the drive way, and if your a tea or coffee drinker will have the kettle filled and boiled ready for your arrival.
Depending on your behavioral patterns, the environmental conditions and other factors the home makes decisions based on probablities:
- Is he likely to make a coffee?
- Does she want that light turned on before she enters the room?
- A stranger is walking towards the front door, should I close the front door before he arrives.
- The phone is ringing and the pasta is about to boil over, should I turn the gas down.
- The dog is barking, shall I let him out?
- The cats are congregating near the food area, shall I feed them?
The system using various sensors inputs is able to make intelligent decisions to preempt your needs and allow you to focus on living rather than doing.