Imagine sitting in your room typing a very important email in the middle of the night and the light goes off. Now, in order to turn on the generator which is set in the garage downstairs, you’ll have to leave your email, grab a shawl to cover yourself and walk down the stairs with your hands feeling the walls. Once you are in the garage, turn it on and then go back to your room. Then again, when the light comes back, you’ll have to go and turn off the generator. Wouldn’t it be good if there was a way to automate your generator to turn on when the light went off and vice versa?
Let’s take another example; you set your oven to two hours and go back to your room to read that novel you’d been trying to read for the past few weeks. You get so involved in your novel that the thought of the oven totally slips out of your mind, the result being a burnt-to-ashes kind of food. What if you were able to control your oven right from your room? That’s where the Home Automation System comes in.
A system which allows you to control your electronic devices etc without having to reach for them is called a Home Automation System (Stabley wrote an excellent post about it). By using Home Automation Systems you’ll be able to control the working of your home appliances right from your computer. It’s as simple as that.
Imagine controlling all the appliances in your home from your Mac computer. There’s quite a number of Home Automation Systems which can be used with your Mac computer.
How it works is not a difficult question to answer. There is no complicated procedure to be followed under controlled conditions. All you need is a Mac computer and a few hardware devices that can be used to connect your appliances to your computer, and then you can enjoy efficient home integration without a worry in the world.
First of all, you need a Mac which can support any of the higher versions of Mac Os X (Panther) Automation system. Such Mac will have built-in USB ports which are very important. Just in case, you have an older version of Mac which doesn’t have any built-in USB ports, then, you’ll have to buy a USB-to-serial converter as well.
Second requirement is the home automation equipment, the hardware devices to be used for connecting your appliances to your computer. Get the equipment that supports X-10 home-automation standard. Such equipments are quite economical. A separate X-10 module is required for each appliance that is to be automated.
The next thing you’ll need is an X-10 interface and software. An X-10 interface is the way by which your computer or mobile phone will communicate with your appliances. For example, Smart-home’s Power link USB. Home-automation software is necessary to control your Home Automation System e.g. XTension.
The settings and the installation procedure varies depending on the module or software you use. However, the steps are quite easy; all you have to do is connect your appliance to the Automation system and your Mac, set all the data like time of turning an appliance on or off etc. And then see how it works.
I think a home automation system makes life way easier than you can imagine. There may be times when you feel quite lazy and don’t want to get out of your bed and you need to turn on the light. In such cases a Home Automation System comes to your rescue and saves you from getting up.
I’m a big fan of technology and Mac apps and gadgets, so I tried a Home Automation System for my home. The one I chose for my home is a Mac OS X Home Automation System. The best thing about these automation systems is that they can be availed at reasonable prices and yet offer high level Home integration. When I had this system installed in my home and connected to my Mac computer, it worked so well, I could control each and every thing from the lights to the temperature of my AC right from my Mac computer. All I had to do was click.
So, with my new Home Automation System, first of all I connected my deep fryer so that I won’t have to worry about my food getting burnt. Before we get to that, let me tell you about the appliance that I use for deep frying. I have one of the best deep fryers ever. The appliance that I use is oil-free and called an air fryer. Check an excellent chicken breast airfryer recipe that I cook all the time.
Once my deep fryer was connected to the Home Automation System, I cut some potatoes to make French fries, poured oil into my deep fryer and turned it on through my Mac and set the timings. After I was done with the setting for my deep fryer, all I had to do was wait and watch. And I did watch as my regular deep fryer turned into a smart appliance. All I did after that was, take out the fries when they were ready and that was all. So far, this was a very good experience for me as half of my problems have been solved by this.
Earlier, I used to be hesitant when inviting people over because of the time management issue. And I was never so sure when the food will be ready. Just a moment’s delay would turn it to ashes. But now, my smart deep fryer is my cooking expert. Whenever I throw a party, all I have to do is put the food in my appliance and set the time. When the time is up, my deep fryer will stop automatically. And the food will be saved from getting burnt. This helps a lot as I don’t have to worry in the slightest bit. Whether it’s fried chicken or French fries, the food cooked in my smart appliance is extremely healthy and delicious. It’s time saving as well and my guests totally love it. Now, if you try this, your life will never be the same again.