Posts Tagged ‘Smart Home’

Modular Smart Home Controlled by Smart Phone

May 26th, 2015 Comments off

german smart home  techvibes  creditA modular home being tested in Germany is controlled totally by a smart phone, generates enough energy from solar panels on the roof to power houses on either side and can be assembled in one day. At the end of the test, B10, as the house is known, will be deconstructed and 100 percent recycled or rebuilt elsewhere.

The everyday functions of the home, such as opening blinds, turning on lights and controlling appliances can be done remotely by a mobile app that learns which behaviors operate the house most efficiently. MHProNews has been informed data regarding energy generation and consumption is continuously gathered over the life of the project, and evaluated at the University of Stuttgart.

Currently the house is being used as an office, and while not all the functions are operative, alphaEOS, one of the companies involved in the project, says it is all within grasp, according to Knowlton Thomas, editor of Canada’s techvibes. The house is generating a surplus of energy, and during the second phase, two students will live in the home.

If the project succeeds as anticipated and the homes become mainstream, options regarding floor plans, size, colors, textures, etc. will be open to customization. ##

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Wounded Vet to Receive Smart Modular Home

July 15th, 2013 Comments off

A Marine who lost both his legs and his right arm when an improvised explosive device exploded during his tour of duty in Afghanistan will likely be receiving a modular smart home that allows severely wounded veterans to live independently. John Hodge, director of operations with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, says the home for J. B. Kerns will be on 30 acres overlooking the Ararat River in southwestern Vir., and will be equipped with technology and electronics specifically for Mr. Kerns. Partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation to create “Building for America’s Bravest,” Hodge says they are very close to choosing a contractor who can meet the requirements. Originally, the plan was to construct a site-built home, but the process has taken so long it makes more sense to go with modular. As MHProNews posted in a story Dec. 17, 2012, the Stephen Siller Foundation is named for a firefighter who lost his life in the 9-11 attack in New York City. The organization also provided modular homes for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. Funds needed for the home have been raised, according to martinsvillebulletin. Similar homes have cost around $500,000. By the end of the year the foundation plans to have provided 23 other wounded warriors with smart homes.

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You Cannot Drive Your House Yet, but…..

May 7th, 2012 Comments off

In the near future you will be able to know when your children receive visitors to your home in Tennessee while you are on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Applying rapidly evolving technology to home building, Honda Motor Co. is evaluating two test homes in Japan that run on a unique combination of gasoline, solar cells, and a rechargeable battery. The Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) optimizes energy usage, reduces emissions, stores energy in case of a power outage, and can be accessed from an in-home display, a vehicle navigation system, or by smartphone. As tells the system allows you to remotely lock a door or open a faucet, and also provides a plug-in for an electric car. According to Strategy Analytics of Massachusetts, the market for this home technology will grow from $7.6 billion this year to $24.3 billion in 2017.

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Modular Home Combines Old and New

June 13th, 2011 Comments off

InmanNews reports the modular house built on site at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry in 2008 has had another interior facelift.  This year’s theme for the “Smart Home,” as it is called, is “green” and high tech.  The upholstery on the couch is made of old automobile tires, and the kitchen cabinets are 1940’s University of Chicago laboratory cabinets.  The bathroom mirror connects to Facebook, displays time, temperature and traffic reports and can track your weight. The solar-powered toothbrush combines electrons with normal oral acidity to clean your teeth without toothpaste.  The electronic bulletin board in the kitchen tracks individual family activities, sending text messages to each member.  The large old cabinet in the living room that once held mail in a post office has a flat screen TV on top that tracks energy use throughout the house.