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The Smartest House on the Block

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 10, 2014 9:29:00 PM

Big technology companies are showcasing what can happen when Web technology is integrated with good building science.

At Green Builder Media, we’re working on a showcase project this year with Bosch, that we expect will rock the status quo of the homebuilding industry. Can’t tell you more now, but this effort is part of something even bigger—a global convergence between online connectivity and integration—and the very personal experience of living in a home. It’s a theme popping up everywhere, as if by happenstance. But we all know there are no accidents. For example, in Japan, Panasonic has opened a zero -energy show home that features some highly advanced technology. Environmental News Network reports that it has the following features:

Hydroponic Kitchen Counter Herb and Veggie Garden
From one side, it looks like a modern kitchen counter. On the other side, you can feed your family from your own hydroponic garden. Vegetable cultivation conditions are monitored on a 24-hour basis with smartphones or computers fitted with network cameras, allowing for growth records to be shared.

Color Customization Technology for Furniture and Walls
This groundbreaking innovation from Panasonic uses LED technology to allow you to extract color from one object, and impart it in another object instantly. With the use of color extraction tubes, you can change the look of a LED-equipped wall or furniture piece at a whim. This technology is in development, but it is painting of the future.

ECO NAVI Ventilation System and Air Conditioning
This hybrid air conditioning system uses both natural and mechanical ventilation to maximize air temperature control and energy efficiency. The system detects people’s movements throughout the home to direct air where it is needed most.

Smart Home Energy Management System (SMARTHEMS)
Panasonic’s Smart Home Energy Management System (SMARTHEMS) links all appliances and energy supplies into one central network. The program, which can be accessed by a TV or smart device, visualizes the energy, gas and water consumption throughout the home.

More Details at: www.scgh.com/home-health/top-5-new-smart-home-technologies

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