Microsoft has long imagined much of the functionality of a smarthome, and has just released the computer code it hopes will stitch it all together: HomeOS. It’s timely because with so many pertinent technologies evolving at the same time (powerful Wi-Fi, the Internet of Things, smart metering and many more) the long-dreamed for intelligent house is incoming. HomeOS is a whole platform, designed to overcome the problem that while “in theory,” Microsoft Research notes, the tech “enables scenarios like remotely monitoring cameras from a smartphone or customizing climate controls based on occupancy,” currently they’re “limited to expert hobbyists and the rich because of the high over-head of managing and extending current technology.” HomeOS aims to solve this. MS’s only PR worry? A whole new meaning to having your Windows crash.
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