Watch how an "Apple freak" automated his house for $80,000
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 27, 2012, 8:51 AM
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.
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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..
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 8:57 AM 23
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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
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 9:43 AM 13
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this guy aint only a freak but dumb as well :) thats just wasting money!!!
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 5:59 PM 2
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what happens when the power goes out
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 8:59 AM 19
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Thats what I call Smart House
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 9:02 AM 1
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I tend to believe they have some power backup of some kind if they are willing to go all this far man.
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 9:07 AM 1
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no life and waste of money
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 9:33 AM 5
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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.
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 10:29 AM 2
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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.
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 12:58 PM 6
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