~e; programming building codes
human being <email@example.com>
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 17:13:02 -0500
[click 'demo' for a slideshow of pictures and text)...
The Programmable Building
Demo July/August 2002
(linked from the wirednews site)
The MIT Media Lab's Neil Gershenfeld tours the building of the
future, where interchangeable power sockets, switches and appliances
snap into the walls-then plug into the Internet.
Neil Gershenfeld thinks every light switch, power outlet, doorknob
and thermostat should be on the Internet. That way, says the director
of the MIT Media Lab's new Center for Bits and Atoms, everything from
climate control to security could be coordinated through a single
Web-based interface. Such a system would simplify both construction
and building management by doing away with the separate, incompatible
control technologies currently needed to keep a large building
comfortable and safe. What's more, he says, embedding computing power
in all a building's systems and components could offer unprecedented
flexibility and efficiency. Reconfiguring an office space, for
example, would no longer mean an expensive and time-consuming
rewiring job; switches, light fixtures and other components could be
moved around on power tracks and reprogrammed at will. But there's a
catch. "The Internet, as we use it now, doesn't work for every light
switch and outlet," Gershenfeld says. Standard networking technology
is too expensive and complicated for such massive deployment. So
Gershenfeld's team is developing cheap, simple Internet devices able
to network themselves with a minimum of human intervention.
Technology Review senior editor Rebecca Zacks got a look at the
technology in Gershenfeld's lab, where he demonstrated a whole new
way to turn on the lights.
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electromagnetism / infrastructure / civilization