NEW YORK (CNN) — A futuristic fantasy is fast becoming reality with a computer-controlled house or office, where everything from the lights to kitchen appliances are voice-activated and fully automated.
CNN Money’s Laurie Segall gives us an inside look at what may be the world’s first “smartphone home.”
It’s owned by tech entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg, an investor in Smartthings, the company responsible for all the technology.
“It can sense it via motion, or you can tell it, ‘Good morning,’” said Smartthings CEO and Founder Alex Hawkinson. “This case, one of the developers in the open community integrated a ‘Jawbone Up,’ which is wearable and tracking your sleep patterns. I’ll say ‘Good morning’ by hitting the button on the ‘Jawbone Up.’ Then, you can see the house kind of senses it. The lights are coming on in the background.”
Tough work commute? Your kitchen lamp will tell you. Green means no traffic.
“It senses that we’re in the kitchen and we just woke up. In our platform, a developer’s written an app where you put in your commute pattern, and it checks the traffic. And it will tell this lamp to change colors, based on the timing of your commute,” said Hawkinson.
Your home will tell you the forecast before you step outside. All you have to do is open the door.
“If I open the door, it will play the weather report for the day over the kitchen speakers,” said Hawkinson.
Smartthings makes use of a hub that’s kind of like a router. Once you’ve installed it, you can download different apps on the Smartthings platform to control different devices.
“Your home becomes programmable,” said Hawkinson. “In the same way you can put apps on your phone, you can install an app.”
And here’s a cool one: Your connected home plays your music of choice when you step inside. It’s part of a larger trend of technology moving beyond your smartphone.
“We wanted to make it very intuitive, so people are used to texting with each other,” said Hawkinson. “We give your home a voice. And you can say, ‘Hello, home,’ and ‘Goodnight, home.’”