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Problem Statement The idea of an ‘Internet of Everything’ has been floating around for a while, but beyond mere buzzword this concept carries with it immense, and unfortunately as of yet untapped potential. The idea of complete interconnectivity most typically conjures images of home automation; smart appliances capable of self-regulation, self-setting thermostats, etc., but with this connectivity comes with it not only the capacity to remotely monitor an existing system but to control it as well (be it with a smart phone, online application, what have you). There exists ‘smart technologies’ which incorporate user’s smart phones in the operation and monitoring of home appliances, but rarely has this extended beyond novelty. The technology has failed to take off with the general public, be it due to the design not being given serious consideration (again, capitalization on mere novelty), limited functionality, or in perhaps the more obnoxious of scenarios unnecessary ‘bundling’. Without addressing the issue, the technology, and the potential it brings with it, will descend further into the realm of novelty and make serious consideration just that more difficult.

Rationale There is a niche available to produce a system which can be easily incorporated into a future design which takes into consideration this interconnectivity; a highly flexible, highly portable system would ideally, help this technology, and the ideas which inspired it, finally take off in the capacity we feel it capable.

Approach The approach taken by the team will be to construct an embeddable system which can detect parameters vital to the operation of a given appliance/component of the home as well as communicate remotely with the end user those parameters and adjust conditions accordingly. Anticipated

Results and Conclusions The anticipated results of our project is a system capable of receiving and interpreting a set of signals relevant to a given system, respond to the signals according to a program set by the manufacturer, and deliver those metrics to the end user while allowing for remote control. To better illustrate the concept, our intention is to design an iPhone app which allows for the control of a circuit constructed for demonstration purposes, and can receive updates/warnings should the circuit behave in a way unintended for the system.

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electrical and computer engineering, home automation


Electrical and Computer Engineering | Engineering

Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Robert Klenke

VCU Capstone Design Expo Posters


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Date of Submission

August 2015

Home Automation via Smart Technology