The next generation of home automation systems

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Casalinga Automation

Petah Tiqwa, Israel

#1 Mar 12, 2012
My name is Alon and i'm the CEO of a new start-up company which develops (hopefully :)) the next generation of home automation systems incorporating advanced Artificial intelligence technology.

I'm addressing this forum in the hope of understanding better consumers needs. home automation currently offers a wide variety of solutions , from a movement sensor operated lightning to whole house systems. i want to identify those needs, does the majority wants simple DIY hardware or bigger more sophisticated systems are the future (for example the one we develop).

With best regards, Alon.
Anand

Bangalore, India

#2 May 20, 2012
Personally, I am looking for DIY kits like x10 or insteon based switches to automate my home - if only they are available for 220VAC 50Hz.
smarthomeiq

Livermore, CA

#3 Apr 9, 2013
Id like to hear what you have so far. Ive had several ideas in the works for years.

I own a home automation installation company we do fully engineered systems.

You are asking the wrong people. Consumers rely on us..Integrators to mix and match the right selection of products for there needs

jabar@smarthomeiq.com
homedreamer

Hudson, OH

#5 Sep 15, 2014
I don't want a pro installer unless it's under $500 for their services and I have complete control to add and change settings without there help afterwards. I've replaced most of my house switches as well as garage door control. All z-wave at this point. I've helped a couple friends too. The thing I and others have realized is that having control is nice but true automation is what people want. The less I have pull out my phone and push buttons the better.

Some things I'm looking for or have done myself.
-The ability to use off the shelf tablets or old cell phones as wall control panels: Example: One at the entryway or main living area to control basic house functions and basic scenes. Or make a system panel that is similarly priced.
-Easy light automation based on motion, time, existing light levels and 100% customizable by the user.
-Custom audio feedback. Similar to the smarthings use of sonos.
-Voice control from the control panels or cell phone. Easy bigger mic options for specific rooms to call out commands anywhere within the room.
-It would be really nice to integrate a camera system with face detection so the system knows who is at home and when. Can alert you to unknown people in or around the house. Greets people as they enter the house.
-Integration of a front door video intercom.

This is the crazy stuff I wish was available and I'd pay good money for a system easy enough to install myself. Basically a mild AI. Other wise most systems already do the same stuff. You need something that an existing box that controls lights can't do. Also make it be able to locally run. If my internet goes down but my power is still on I want my lights to still turn on/off as I walk around. This is all kinda random thoughts but the general idea is to focus on having the system do most of the thinking and making that setup process easy and customized.

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