Openarch recently released their prototype of a completely digitized smart house to the public. Designed to adapt to its inhabitants, all components of the house are connected to the internet creating a parallel home on the web. Real time data feeds continuously to provide information and the ability to control any aspect of the digital house through a gestural interface – parting from the traditional mouse and keyboard.
One of the most interesting aspects of the smart house is the integrated video mapping system that incorporates sensors and cameras to display information ranging from exterior weather conditions to Twitter followers onto any surface in the home. It mixes hardware and software elements, combining things like moveable walls, with Kinect-based gestural interfaces.
"Our goal is to experiment, but for me the best way to do a real research is trying to build real things," says Ion Cuervas-Mons of Thinkbig Factory. At present, the physical design is fully implemented while the software is at about 20%. The video depicts a combination of current and future applications. Everything that is shown in the video could be implemented with current technology, but "only the gestural interface and the custom wallpaper application are working," says Cuervas-Mons, "There is still a lot of work to be done."