Digital homes to sense your requirements

“The home will sense humans and know our gestures and actions,” Fox News quoted Jonathan Cluts, the director of consumer prototyping and strategy at Microsoft as saying.
Cluts, who is in charge of the Microsoft Home project, said radio ID tags will rule the roost in the future, communicating with central computers to let you know that the refrigerator is running low on milk.

He said the kitchen countertop will automatically recognise appliances, too, such as a food processor, and pop up instructions and tips on a countertop display.

When you lay out ingredients, a computer will offer recipes based on what you have available and a history of your personal tastes.

Corning, which makes glass displays used in smartphones and televisions, released a video that shows just how this whole system could work in the digital home.

The video shows touchscreens all around the kitchen, bedrooms, living room, and even in the car.

But Bruce McMillin, a computer-engineering professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, doesn’t think the future digital home will have so many screens—we won’t need to see computers at all, he said.

He described a future home that will sense your needs. Say you’re cold and reach for a sweater; the home might automatically raise the heat, based partly on your customised energy profile.

And your house could maintain different temperatures for family members in a different room, ultimately leading to better energy management.

This concept is a stark departure from the future home shown in movies, where a robot tends to our needs.

Instead, the home itself acts as a robot and adjusts to our wishes.

Another example: The house could sense if someone falls, based on the rapid motion and a cry for help, and call 911.

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