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LinuxWorld: Home, smart home

Oct 05, 1999, 00:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Komarinski)

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"An intruder is detected in the back yard by infrared sensors, setting off the automatic sprinklers -- or even dialling 911. Not that he'd have been able to get in anyway, as the house is protected by Java-based iButton keys...In the 1960s, MI6 or U.N.C.L.E. might have paid millions for the things you can do today on your Linux box with MisterHouse -- without installing any new wiring..."

"A few days ago at lunch, however, I was speaking with a hardware engineer who changed my mind about the next great technology. At first I wasn't convinced by his vague arguments about "intelligent appliances." But after I pressed him for more detail -- and after we agreed that neither of us are much interested in having automatic toasters (who will put the bread in? and why?) -- we decided that the idea of higher-grade commercial appliances would be great..."

"The best part is that you can have this kind of home automation today: the X10 protocol allows for the home automation part, and Linux and a piece of software called MisterHouse can take care of the rest. Until recently, X10 had mostly been used to turn lights on or off at some particular time, or from two rooms away. But new advances allow you to interface an X10 network to your Linux box via a serial port."

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