Who wants a super-house?
POSTED ON 19TH JUL 2013
Last week, I was discussing with my girlfriend the possibilities of a super-house; a house that can monitor, manage and maintain it's environment, that would also be capable of learning. Therefore, I've decided to outline what I think would be cool, useful and hopefully what I'll be able to create in the near future!
All of what I am proposing here is realistically achievable with today's technology, this isn't science fiction!
Of course what I am about to explain will have to be controlled from somewhere (TO THE CLOUD...just kidding). It will also require a decent computer network running throughout the house.
There will be networking ports in every room to allow for a fast home network, which would benefit a media centre with several terabytes of actively backed up storage. Multiple wireless access points would provide great coverage all over the house for mobile devices.
The primary concern in most aspects of life is how to keep yourself entertained as instantaneously as possible. Media such as music, video/film and photo albums that have been create or discovered, would be stored on the media centre (frequently backed up of course). The media centre would convert content into all available file formats so that all media would be available to use on all sorts of devices.
Temperature and humidity would be monitored and corrected using computer aided radiators, air conditioning systems and extractor fans. These systems ensure that your living environment is always perfect for you.
An alarm system that is hooked up to motion sensors, cameras and window/door sensors would help detect any unauthorised entry. The system would also be connected to the fire/smoke detectors, that would be installed in various rooms throughout the house.
This would be quite an important factor in the day to day running of the super-home. When a room is unoccupied for a certain amount of time, the lights would automatically be switched off. If you walk into a room, the lights would then come on (if required).
Each element explained above has the potential to have integrated with it an element of learning. For example it would remember what room temperature you like at different times of the day/year. It would know when you are out and would prepare the environment for when you are coming home from work. For entertainment it would work out what you like to listen to at certain times of the day. It could also suggest new things in the shops that you might like...(a course it would search and compare to find the best deals for you).