Thanks to some students over at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology, here is another potential solution for address power concerns and needs for homes. With the aid of an iPad and a Kinect Solar Bar, check out the CHIP (Compact Hyper-Insulated Prototype) house concept.
The house also comes with solar panels and exterior insulators that easily adapts to the overall house design without worrying about ruining the design. Up to 45 solar panels can be placed on the roof which will be used to power up energy-friendly devices in the home. This includes LED lighting and wireless switches which should be more than enough to aid the power requirements that consumers would need.
As for tech, the iPad is used to remotely control the wireless ZigBee Control4 lighting and other kit, as well as show real-time information on power consumption, while the Kinect means you can control the CHIP’s various systems using gestures and pointing. Sensors mean CHIP can turn on specific hardware when you sit in certain chairs, close blinds when it’s bright, and automatically lower shutters to avoid passive heating.