“Home” is where the heart is, and it’s also where we spend our remaining free time to relax. Nearly every aspect of the home has become connected — from the living room to the kitchen to the garage. Technology is growing exponentially. People today own multiple appliances which have become an integral part of their life. What if all these appliances at home can be connected and controlled by a single device? The market for connected accessories is expanding thus your entire home can operate automatically when you program an intelligent system to become the brains of your connected home to control lighting, climate controls, entertainment components and security. Hence, they not only provide comfort, but it also contributes to an overall cost reduction and energy conservation.
The beauty of this system is to tie home appliances and electrical fixtures together so they perform as one unified system with the help of an intuitive user-interface. If the process is quick and simple, home users who might be intimidated by technology can easily use the system. A good example can be – having the lights turn off when you are leaving home, so instead of switching off the lights individually, a “goodbye” button can switch off all the lights.
Home automation systems face four main challenges; these are the high cost of ownership, inflexibility, complex interface, and difficulty achieving security. Manual based home systems are more limited than fully customized integrated systems, which have more functionality than manual systems. Also, fully integrated custom systems tend to be more expensive and often require a consultant to install them along with structural changes to the home. Furthermore, the complex interface makes the system inaccessible and difficult to interact with people who might be technologically inept.
Approach and Solution
The aim of this project is to address some of these challenges by designing an intuitive user-interface of an operating system for a home automation system. This system would help users make their household more safe and comfortable while meeting all the demands of the user.
The athome system will be able to control multiple devices, with one touch of a button from the screen of the device. This system can become an integral part of the home environment. The convenience alone is enough to persuade people to adapt this kind of technology. The entire home environment, ranging from lighting, thermostat settings to audio-visual playback is placed at the hands of the user.
A home automation system helps prevent potentially harmful events by enabling you to monitor parts of your house conveniently from tablets, smartphones and other devices. The user can check up on the house even when miles away.
Real world interactions will heavily influence the interface of the athome. This would be done by utilizing the design concept of Skeuomorphism, the aim is to create an unique design, that users who might not be tech-savvy can easily interact with.
The athome system can fit into your lifestyle with features that can be tailored exactly to your needs.
Audience and Stakeholders
Our project is aimed at homeowners and families who would benefit from the development of such a product. This product is appropriate and can be used by all the family members, from teenagers to senior citizens.It could turn out to be a good solution especially for the geriatric population who has low mobility or families with toddlers, when the toddlers cannot be left unattended.
As for the stakeholders, companies dealing in electrical devices (like GE or Philips) or software companies could be tied in to invest as they have the facilities and research centers where such a project could be worked upon.
- User Profiles
- Lighting and Temperature Control
- Security (Video surveillance and Smart lock – keyless entry)
- Sensors (Smoke detector)
- Home Entertainment
- Window & Drape Control
- Vacuum System
- Remote Access
- Chandan Mahapatra
- Rootwa Sagar
- Sangram Pawar
- Trina Ray