Smart Home Stuff – Let’s Dive in

You’ve heard of smart home, right? I mean, it’s 2019. It’s time to do it. I’m all in, and I hope you are too, because it’s about frickin time. I have a few ideas that I want to bring to life, and maybe you have some to share too. Let me know in the comments!

Smart Light Switch

Yeah I get it, they make these. I want to make one that is:

  • WiFi or RF Serial with network connected main hub
  • Touch screen or capacitive button with touch dimmer and LCD displaying dim percent
  • 3D printed box to hold the components
  • Designed for regular rectangular opening face plate to cover

The idea is that I’m sick of running around turning off lights, I want to say I’m leaving or it’s bed time – and shut the house off. I don’t want plain looking switches like those that exist though, it’s 2019 so let’s act like it is.

What parts do we need to cram in there?

I’ll keep adding to this as I make progress as well, let me know if you have any ideas or creations of your own!

Technology in Construction

While construction companies seem to be among the least willing to adopt newer technologies, there’s definitely increasing interest being shown. From KPMG’s 2017 Global Construction Survey, to their 2018 survey, there’s been some pretty decent progress shown in technology investment.
The technology is definitely out there. If you haven’t seen it, go check it out. From AR/VR, to drones, or machine learning, right now is the time to dive in to more productive business processes involving technology.

Questionable reality

There’s nothing questionable about it really, otherwise I than questioning if what you’re seeing is real. AR/VR/MR is one of the most exciting things coming to the construction industry. One of the things I’m most excited about is the upcoming nreal light glasses. They are mixed reality glasses that are comparable to Microsoft’s Hololens. I’ve always been one to stay away from mainstream technologies though, I like smaller upcoming things like nreal. There are many uses for XR technologies like training, simulations, project planning, safety audits, and quality control checks. Do you have any other ideas for this kind of technology in construction? Comment below!

Automated and remotely controlled equipment

No way, seriously? Can you imagine an excavator swinging around without an operator in it? How about a bulldozer cruising down a right of way without someone in it? It’s getting real crazy real fast, and I’m pumped. What is next, how about welding, sand blasting and painting, or even simply daily reporting? There’s companies doing all of those things without humans controlling the machines, Mortenson Construction for example. My mind is blown, it’s quite a time to be alive. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Have you guys seen anything I should see? Share it with me!