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Welcome to Your Smart Home

January 17, 2008 by Lisa 

Jetsome home of the future - smart homePicture a day in the life of Jane Jetson – her biggest task is to push a button on the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle machine that dispenses food of all types, instantly. Can you imagine never dealing with bad weather, the Jetsons never had to. Their residence at the SkyPad Apartment building, employs huge hydraulic lifts which raise and lower the building as needed to avoid inclement weather! George never even worries about parking, he just folds his vehicle into a suitcase and takes it along with him. Robotic machines ease the burden of household chores, and things like sonic showers, clearly make life a little more easier to live.
The Jetsons cartoon was aired during the 1960’s, but it showed the lifestyle of the future –ahead of its time. Though it’s not quite the same as the Jetson’s future, new technology has made home automation a reality, for today’s families.Without realizing it, you may already benefit from home automation that is part of your day to day life. Do you remember actually changing your television channel or volume by hand? Walking all the way to the tv and twisting a dial on the unit? The advent of the remote control changed all of that. With it, you could simply point the device at your television, press a button, and make all your adjustments from your couch or chair. Didn’t your life suddenly become easier?

There are many items in our homes that make our lives as easy as possible. For instance:

  • Cable TV allows you to watch broadcast television as well as order movies – all at the click of a button! Suddenly, you’ve saved your self a trip to the local movie rental store and also saved the gasoline in you car.
  • Voice mail systems have made it easy for people to listen and pick up their messages from anywhere, and at anytime. Say hello to convenience, and goodbye to old busy signals! Voice messages can be received through your e-mail box and then listened to, just by using your computer.
  • Automatic garage doors, are a home automation tool that has helped to take us further into the automated world, via a wireless remote.
  • Can you even remember the last time you had to adjust the temperature on your preprogrammed home thermostat? These thermostats let you set your heat to fit your lifestyle; warmer when you’re home, and lower while you’re at work. The tiny plastic box, located on the wall, utilizes a solid-state microcomputer that enables your unit to provide flexibility in controlling the temperature.
  • No one can live without the miracle of a microwave. Right? Once the microwave became widely available, cooking became easier and much faster. However, microwaves weren’t always included as an essential part of our lives. Even though microwaves were actually invented in 1946, sometimes taking up a full room, they were much to large for the home kitchen to accommodate. By 1967, they were scaled down to fit the home environment. It wasn’t long before the microwave could be found in most homes across America.

Smart technology is smoothly blended into the home, reducing the amount of time spent on everyday household tasks, and increasing the fun you can have.

Some gadgets in your home are so commonplace that they do not strike you as being automation. They’re just normal, everyday items. Technology is constantly improving; with new inventions ready to show up in your home!

We can’t even imagine, all of the new and exciting gadgets that will be made available, to make our homes more automated and more comfortable. You can integrate as much or as little smart technology into your home, as you want. It really only depends on your budget.

  • Generally a lot of time is spent in the kitchen by everyone, usually in cleaning or cooking. Traditionally, the height of cabinets and sinks in kitchens were not designed for individuals, but for one preset height. In the new intelligent kitchens, cabinets and sinks can be adjusted to your preferred height, with the simple touch of a button. This machine not only allows family members of varying heights to use the kitchen with equal ease, but also can assist people in wheelchairs.
  • If you hate carrying those heavy pots of water from the sink to the stove, then you’ll be a big fan of the all-in-one-sink. Integrating the stove top into the sink unit, provides extra convenience, especially when doing your cooking. With its built-in drainage, you no longer have to worry about boiling water spilling over.
  • Have you ever pondered who invented the peephole. A tiny hole is almost impossible to see through, even if your vision is flawless. A new innovation, great for safety as well as convenience, some door surfaces can change from opaque to transparent.
  • If you need more laundry room space, the combination ventless tumble dryer and washer will be a favorite choice. Since it washes and dries your clothing in the same machine, it takes up less space than you would expect. With its high power efficiency rating, you will save on power consumer, which justifies it’s higher purchase price.
  • Even if your current refrigerator still works fine, you may wish to replace it with a newer model, with many improved features. An intelligent refrigerator gives you the ability to check your email, assemble a to-do list, re-order groceries via the internet, and even watch TV on its screen. This is all brought to you by a high-speed connection, high-tech tracking database, and a high price.

New inventions are coming in the future, like: appliances that communicate with each other, self cleaning showers, intelligent cooking devices downloading recipes from the internet, fog proof mirrors, and so forth.

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  1. Home Automation » Blog Archive » Hands-on with Control4 home automation on January 18th, 2008 7:58 am

    [...] Welcome to Your Smart Home Picture a day in the life of Jane Jetson – her biggest task is to push a button on the Food-a-Rac-a-Cycle machine that dispenses food of all types, instantly. Can you imagine never dealing with bad weather, the Jetsons never had to. Their residence at the SkyPad Apartment building, employs huge hydraulic lifts which raise and lower the building as needed to avoid inclement weather! George never even worries about parking, he just folds his vehicle into a suitcase and takes it along with him. [...]

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