Thursday, September 16, 2010

Current Smart House Research Projects

Drexel Smart House
Drexel Smart House is a student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring cutting edge design and technology. Participants will conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting.
I really think automating your home or business and controlling your energy can help to reduce the worlds growing energy problem. So the reason for me to show this all online is to let the people see what is possible today en how it can be done. And hell yeah there are some crazy things online as well but that's for getting the conversation going and believe me it fun to do :-)

Homesense Project
Homesense is a project that rethinks how we design smart homes and investigate how we interact with technologies at home.

Homesense brings the open collaboration methods of online communities to physical infrastructures in the home. Instead of having products forced on them through a top-down design process, selected households will create their own smart homes and live with the technologies that they have developed themselves without any prior technical expertise.

The Intelligent Dormitory (iSpace) is a student study bedroom built using the same design, furniturethe idorm and fittings as those found in the halls of Residence at the University of Essex. The iSpace was built by re-fitting a room in the Computer Science Department. Unlike normal student accommodation on Campus the iSpace’s furnishings are fitted with intelligent gadgets that can detect and learn the occupant’s behaviour with the aim of providing services that could improve the quality of their lives by generating an environment that suits their needs. These intelligent gadgets communicate with each other allowing groups of agents to coordinate their actions, and allowing remote access to their services via networks (e.g. Internet, GSM etc).

MIT Media House Project
the House is the Computer,
the Structure is the Network.
A multidisciplinary team of more than a hundred people developed the Media House, a prototype of a domestic living space unveiled in Barcelona in 2001, writes Lucy Bullivant. The project is a technologically advanced interface for interaction that is a benchmark of its kind.
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