Watch how an "Apple freak" automated his house for $80,000

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The lack of a common home automation standard has so far been prohibitive to the mass adoption of this technology that allows us to control lighting, HVAC, appliances and electronics in our homes from afar. 

That doesn't mean you can't reach a pretty sophisticated level of automation with a certain amount of money or time on your hands, and that's exactly what Savan Kotecha, a songwriter for the X-Factor show, has done with its house.

As a self-proclaimed "Apple freak", he uses an iPad with the Crestron home automation app, and the respective paraphernalia of sensors, motors and remote-controlled thermostats, to the tune of $80,000 spent, to automate his house, and prove that even backend X-Factor staff seems overpaid.

The possibilities are endless - from feeding your cat while on vacation, to broadcasting video stream if you take care of a child or an elderly parent, to warming up your driveaway in the expectation of a snowfall, not to mention the usual light and air temperature controls. For more information on the competing home automation systems and apps for your iOS or Android device, you can read our dedicated article here.

via WSJ



1. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I've said it once and i'll say it again. Some people just have way too much money on their hands. I just wish i were one of those people..

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

When people do this kind of stuff, it brings this technology to the forefront and gets people talking and looking.. Companies notice and start putting out products for the "regular" consumers to adopt. It's a good thing.. just glad I'm not shelling out the 80k! This is a much better use of this kind of money.. would you rather he spent 80K on a diamond encrusted iPhone case? Or 500K on a car? This is cool stuff.. even if on Apple products. :P

12. Nickmfnjackson

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

I'd rather spend 80k on a car...

15. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I wonder how well Android will fare on this? NFC locks, bluetooth CCTV, so many things that Apple can't even scratch the surface.

14. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

this guy aint only a freak but dumb as well :) thats just wasting money!!!

19. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

He called awnings an ottoman...WTF???

2. galokjai

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

what happens when the power goes out

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The iPad's battery will manage the whole house for a minute!! :P

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Then it's back to 1800's technology: candles, bonfires and

13. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

NBC's Revolution! =P

3. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Thats what I call Smart House

17. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

not smart at all what i sees is just a wireless remote to turn on/off things

4. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I tend to believe they have some power backup of some kind if they are willing to go all this far man.

18. galokjai

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

power generators last for a week, month, or even a year? I think they run on fuel. What if there is no fuel like Hurricane Sandy?

6. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

no life and waste of money

8. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Says the guy whose moniker is "techguy22" posting on an internet article :)

9. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Interesting. As more people adopt these things, the price is sure to go down. Also, I'll bet if you're building a new home, you could cut that 80K by half or more if you were to build it into the home from the start as opposed to retrofitting the home. Eventually it'll be a standard thing to install in a home, and you'll be able to go to Menards and buy home automation kits that cost just a few hundred, or a few thousand if you want the apple logo on your thermostat.

11. deviantirish79

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Sadly he spent way to much on the system. We automated a full sports bar for $25K. We control lights, ceiling fans, and heat. Also 83 TV's independantly, 12 DirecTV boxes independantly, 8 Zone Sound system, and a Blue-Ray Player. Along with a 1000 command macro. And we only use one app so there is no switching between them.

20. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Yeah, he did. Someone will be taking a looong Tahiti vacation with all the dough they made on him. As they say, there's a sucker born every

16. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Is there an apple fridge and washing machine?

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