Domestic bliss: Home is where the smart is

02.02.2012 Apps : Control Appliances : Domestic Operating System

Madrid – Architecture and design consultancy Thinkbig Factory has created a prototype smart home that adds a digital layer to the home environment.

The prototype, called Openarch, responds to its user and features what Thinkbig Factory calls a D. OS, or domestic operating system. This enables people to stay connected with each other inside and outside the home, use a range of apps, control appliances and check energy consumption. The architecture of the smart home also enables people to change the layout of the interior.

For more on how the home is changing amid advances in technology and demographic shifts, read our Future Family macrotrend. For more on how people are adapting their homes to fit specific uses, look out for our forthcoming Hacked Home microtrend.

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