All entries for Friday 07 January 2005
January 07, 2005
Writing about web page http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.01/properties.html
In a sight departure from my usual talk about Warwick Blogs, I've got to mention houses. It's been a while since I've mentioned my DIY efforts at my new house (new being 6 months ago now).
However, I can't help but be jealous of some of the setups showcased in the above Wired article. These things are so packed with gadgets, the USS Enterprise would be jealous.
I like these little notes:
To help visitors rest easy, an oxygen line supplies master and guest bedrooms, ensuring sea level conditions at nearly 8,000 feet.
The chef can watch a live feed from the dining room on a 9-inch fold-down monitor to know when it's time to offer seconds.
A concealed scanner under the doorbell reads fingerprints and unlocks the door for family members and regular visitors.
Door and window sensors tell the central automation system whether something is open or closed. To check status, the family calls up layouts of the house on one of the in-wall touchscreens or via the Web.
A Lutron lighting system with six presets can create an intimate candlelike effect or wash the walls to highlight the paintings.
The bedside nook houses a custom multimedia panel with six ports. Joy can plug in earphones to the home's music system, pipe in tunes from an iPod or laptop, or add new tracks to his 1,600-album inventory.
Not sure I could knock together any of that stuff :(