Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Tudor House that Twitters

Dr Andy Stanford-Clark has fitted his grade 1 listed Tudor cottage with hundreds of sensors, allowing everything from energy usage to the burglar alarm to be relayed by the the internet messaging service Twitter. The result? Now the rustic and charming cottage has been converted into one of the most hi-tech homes in the world.


Now the house can tell its owner when his dinner is ready, if someone is at the door or when a mouse has been caught in a trap. If he leaves a light on or a water tap running, the house will automatically tweet him - instantly alerting the 43-year old engineer and master inventor for computer firm IBM. Dr Stanford-Clark started renovating the house five years ago, installing sensors to monitor power usage, but later realized the potential that Twitter had to offer.

Stanford-Clark explains that he is interested in how how objects could be connected to the internet - especially "tweetjects" - objects that Twitter. Not surprisingly, the house can also be controlled over a mobile phone, allowing him to switch on appliances in the cottage when he is out of the house. “It's a bit of a showcase for the technology,” he said.

Happily, the high-tech system makes use of wireless sensors wherever possible because the cottage is a listed building. To read the entire article, go HERE.

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