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.
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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...
Make room, Bender, Rosie and R2D2! Your newest mechanical colleagues are a few steps closer to reality, thanks to lessons learned during two robotics events hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the recent I...
Networked sensors and devices have huge potential but how can we ensure that they can all talk to each other? The answer, according to a European consortium, is to link them seamlessly through a common 'middleware'.
Motorola is trying to make the cell phone the centrepiece device which controls the digital home.
"People want access through their personal device," said Dan Moloney, president of the connected home division at Motorola.
A single software wrapper, enabling all manner of home appliances and processors to work together seamlessly as one whole creature, intelligent and servile, has been a holy grail of the home hub ideal for some years.