innovations in home automation/control
I've been thinking about home automation/control recently, and a news story on the local tv station about this apartment complex that had 'smart' tech built in (looked flashy but poorly implemented; the buttons didnt change color to indicate a selection about 1.5 seconds after they were pressed), and itmade me realize that there hasn't been any true innovation in home automation in years. The only innovations have been in cost, but that is a given with any technology. What we have here now is nothing more than a glorified, expensive remote control. I'd rather have a light switch.
I want to hear from everyone #1 what they think will/should happen with home control tech, and #2 when it will happen.
I think that what needs to happen is we need to figure out how to put everything in context. I don't want to have to program the system to know everything, I want it to pick up on my habits and traits, and adjust accordingly. I want it to be able to figure out where I am, and adjust itself.
One thing that I would do to help this process along: RFID tags for all my clothing. Think about it: #1 your closet can be your virtual assistant, telling you to not wear that tie with that shirt, tell you to grab your jacket b/c its probably going to rain, etc, #2 what clothes you wear gives your environment clues to what you're up to. If you're putting on a coat and tie, it will know to turn the tv on to whatever news channel you prefer and syncing up your podcasts for the commute, as opposed to knowing that you're going to be jogging if you're throwing on sweatpants.
Plus, there's got to be some way for computers to infer things from your schedule. I want it to know that I don't need to set my alarm differently every morning, the computer should do that for me, and change it depending on what I have to do next.
the old AT&T research labs in cambridge had assigned everyone 'bats' so that the environment could track them, and also use them as pointers. Example: get a call, your bat beeps, and to accept it you just pick up the nearest phone. Goto the networked scanner, touch your 'bat' to the options that you want on an options poster, and the doc is dropped into your personal box, which is also timelined and saves a copy of everything you've ever worked on. Its an environment like this that I want for my house, except I don't want to have a plastic 'bat' clipped onto me at all times (rfid is okay because i could sew them into my clothes).
The big thing is that I want to unpack everything, plug it in and configure itself and answer a few questions about my life, and be set. It should be smart enough to figure out my parents, without having them call me all the time. So much of this seems like common sense, I'm surprised why nobody's trying to make this into a business model. Make the tech work, make it cheep, and you'll be making a ton of money.