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Home Automation

Home Automation, often referred to as Domotics, is a complex system of integrated robotic devices and central management via a computer system or set of integrated computing devices which together turn a home into a smart environment.

A smart home is able to predict its occupants needs via biometrics or behaviometrics. In such a building, the climate may be controlled tto optimal settings for the occupants, the food and drink in the house monitored, or even the contents of the toilet checked for pathogens or chemical imbalance before being flushed.

In fact the range of possibilities for home automation is so wide, that it is hard to pin down. However, it essentially refers to aspects of the home being automated and capable of making decisions without waiting to be told by those who live in the home.

See Also: Climotics, Domotics, Building Automation, Augmented Reality, Sensor Web, Behaviometrics, Biometrics

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Living in a Phone-Controlled Home
An augmented reality control network for the home, known as the HexaBus home automation system is entering the market. It's primary aselling point? The ability to securely control your home's power consumption over the internet, and via sensors as well as house owner input.

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Multi-Agent automation on the Factory Line
Although use of AI and AGI to give robots minds of their own is something still very much in its infancy, great strides are being made. In this specific case, automation Scientists Fredrik Danielsson and Bo Svensson of University West in Sweden, have created an automation system where such robot arms make their own decisions and adapt to external circumstances.

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Home 3D Printing: The movement Starts
Back in January 2007, we took our first look at the fab@home printer: A creation of Hod Lipson and Evan Malone from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, the fab@home was a cheap to make, easy to assemble, home fabricator, capable of printing almost any material into 3D shapes.

The hope of its creators was that it would kick-start the home manufacturing revolution, and we speculated as to the directions this technology might take, as well as touching on projects being planned at the time. Useful as a comparison to how the technology has actually developed.

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Home V Hospital
In the past year in the UK, there has been increasing interest in 'home hospitalisation'. People look after a spouse, or relative at home in preference to having them treated in a hospital.

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Pre Launch: Sony?s Home
Home, is Sony Corporation's current answer to the phenomenon of virtual worlds. Running solely on their Playstation Three console. It is hoped that when Home launches in late 2007, it will provide a true attraction, and a basic snow crash styled VR system that can expand and grow.

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Home-Use desktop 3D Fabricator debuts
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The age of cheap, home fabrication and rapid prototyping WITHOUT dedicated facilities, may finally be dawning upon us. A cheap, self-assembly unit, costing little more than a new PC, has been developed by a group of US researchers, which actually has superior capabilities to many high-end commercial fabricators.

The age of cheap, home fabrication and rapid prototyping without any requirement for dedicated facilities, may finally be dawning upon us. A cheap, self-assembly unit, costing little more than a new PC, was developed at the very start of 2007. Here, we chart its progress, and see if the revolution is truly revolutionary.

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VR Demonstrated as a Serious Commercial Design Tool
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation in Germany, have demonstrated the advantages of using virtual reality for product development in commercial settings.

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PC Specs for Virtual Worlds: General
In order to appreciate the true majesty of any virtual environment, you require the most apt hardware for displaying sensory data that you can afford. For the most part, this article is directed towards home uses of VR. The home user with a seven-year-old office computer, who can barely access a modern virtual environment, lagged to death and not understanding why.


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The kitchen has long been considered a breeding ground for germs, but you probably don't expect your toaster to infect your cell phone.

A variety of consumer products--from smart phones to digital theater boxes, and from car...

31st May 2014 - 5th June 2014
Hong Kong International Convention Centre, Hong Kong, China

The 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibitio...

26th August 2013 - 29th August 2013
Amber Baltic Hotel, Miedzyzdroje, Poland

The 18th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Control (MMARí2013) is to be held 26-29 August 2013 in Miedzyzdroje...

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioural patterns. T...

26th August 2013 - 28th August 2013
Yinchuan, China

IEEE ICIA is the premier conference series presenting the state of the art and future perspectives of information and automation technologies, and it has been an eve...