Meet my new obsession: the smart house. Smart homes are the wave of the future, and they're starting to become more than just idle speculation or characters in pop culture. Using an array of interlinked systems, they bring the latest to home automation and universal design, creating a home that's capable of controlling its own temperature, helping people save water, and, yes, even reminding people to take their medications. Pretty cool, right?
Smart homes require a tremendous amount of carefully thought out design as well as cooperation between electricians, general contractors, and other members of the team involved in their construction. They essentially allow their residents to control all household functions from a single control panel, which also usually permits remote access. That means you can turn the TV off to make your kids focus on homework even if you're somewhere else, and you can check from work to confirm you turned the stove off and set the home alarm when you ran out the door this morning.
Smart homes can monitor energy usage, regulate temperature, raise and lower curtains and shades, help out in the kitchen, control household electronics including lights, gadgets, and chargers, and a whole lot more. The underlying systems architecture of a smart home is partially customized to the home, depending on the features it has, and partially dependent on standardized software used to manage smart home systems. Every user can program the home to meet specific needs, too: want your house to wake you up when the baby's restless? It can do that.