For the course Ambient Screens I did a project with four fellow students. We have designed & built a platform for Home Automation & Integration of various things you use in your daily life. It is a hub where your e-mail, facebook messages, calendar appointments but also light control, music etc. comes together.
The system embeds speech recognition as well as gestures using a Kinect. The main goal was to make daily tasks easier and less-intrusive.
For the project, we have built the display, a night stand with phone charging capabilities and lights that can fade to any color. All is wirelessly connected to the main hub. The idea is to enable 3rd party developers to build apps for this system, to create an industry standard for home automation. But for now, it was a proof of concept!
We were graded with a 9.
Click here to watch a demonstration video