Automation Archive

Time to Mechanize

What is stopping the industry from implementing automation at a higher level than we we do today? The answer is simple … standard APIs. I would like to investigate my assertion with this post....
September 26, 2014

Start Making Your Home Smarter

Last year my wife and I bought our first house. I love technology so this was my first opportunity to integrate some smart home tech. I’ve previously written about the Nest Learning Thermostat and how much I like mine....
May 15, 2014

You Wouldn’t Download a House, Would You?

You would if the director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) at USC, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis has his way, because his “Contour Crafting” system uses 3-D printing technology to reduce the time and cost that it...
January 24, 2014

The Iterative Smart Home is Here

Smart devices have really taken off over the last couple of years and this is going to be a huge year for them in real estate. At CRT, we are focused on where these are going but we’re not...
January 16, 2014

Nest Learning Thermostat

Living in an older house, finding a comfortable temperature isn’t always easy. Constantly changing the temperature was a pain. Just when I’d get comfortable, my wife would be cold. Let me walk over to the thermostat and adjust it....
January 10, 2014

How’s Your Home’s Health? Find out with CubeSensors

Yesterday, I posted about the Internet of Things and how Stephen Wolfram is cataloguing the IoT devices. Our colleague from the GREEN REsource Council, Amanda Stinton, forwarded on this article from Eco Building Pulse about a ‘fitbit for your...
January 8, 2014

From The Verge: Internet of Things Catalogued

I read an interesting post on The Verge today about Stephen Wolfram and his new Connected Devices Project. It will catalog devices that are part of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is comprised of devices that are...
January 7, 2014

Automation Will Set You Free

Some of the most important best practices in software engineering deal with automation; automated builds, automated testing, automated backups etc. It seems that developers are obsessed with automation, but why? Is it because they are lazy? I think there...
February 13, 2008