Home automation

“Home automation” is the design and inclusion of cybernetics that improve the “habitability” of a residence i.e. computer-controlled systems that attempt to adjust the environment in anticipation of our messy, fleshy human needs.

Ideas

Lighting

  • smart-switches lights
  • dimmers
  • motion-sensitive stair lighting
  • controllable shelf accent lights in library for finding books

Environment control

  • temperature logging
    • rooms
    • refrigerator & freezer
  • weather station
  • automatic heating, cooling
  • powered curtains/blinds

Monitoring

  • utilities
    • electricity
      • mains
      • solar (input)
    • water
    • gas
    • Internet usage (GB)
  • services
    • database
    • web-server
    • file-server
  • security
    • Cheap!
    • No ongoing costs
    • Motion detection
    • Intrusion notification
    • email
    • IM
    • SMS
    • phone
    • Remote-controllable
    • Integrated display on existing screens

Network/Comms

  • Media
    • integrated UI/UX
    • television – smart-tv
    • multichannel TV recorder (PVR)
    • downloaded tv series
    • movies
    • streaming channels
    • music collection
    • ripped CDs
    • downloads
    • streaming Internet radio
    • multi-zone:
    • multiple displays
    • multiple (zoned) speakers
    • multiple control schemes (but only ONE required)
    • universal remote
    • android and iPhone remotes
    • wiimote
    • wireless gaming controller e.g. xbox360
    • kinect “minority report”
    • lounge room starscape
    • computer games
  • Storage
    • Massive file server
    • code
    • ebooks
    • movies and music with metadata
    • television series
    • documents, books with metadata
    • source code repositories (git)
    • software upgrades (e.g. apt-cache)
  • Telephony
    • voice call in-out
    • voice-mail
    • ability to transfer calls
    • video conferencing
    • cheap overseas calls
    • integration with Home Multimedia (e.g. pause, play)
    • SkypeOut
  • Faster LAN (gigabit minimum)
  • separate media-streaming cable-run
  • separate short run to the lab
  • Telemetry with the Jeep

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