Web Exclusive: Smartphone homes becoming less fantasy, more reality

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(CNN) - We've seen it in plenty of sci-fi movies and TV shows, a computer-controlled house or office, where everything from the lights to kitchen appliances are voice-activated and fully automated.  That futuristic fantasy is fast becoming reality with what may be the world's first smart-phone home.


Welcome to the home of the future.  From the moment you step out of bed, there is a house where everything is connected by smartphone.  It's owned by tech entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg, an investor in 'SmartThings,' the company responsible for all the technology.


"It can sense it via motion or you can tell it good morning. In this case, one of the developers in the open community integrated a Jawbone Up, which is wearable and tracking your sleep patterns.  I'll say good morning by hitting the button on the Jawbone Up then you can see the house kind of senses it, the lights are coming on in the background and now let's take a walk to the kitchen like I would when I wake up," says Alex Hawkinson, CEO and Founder of SmartThings.


Walk into the kitchen and the coffee starts brewing for you.  Tough work commute? Your kitchen lamp will tell you. Green means no traffic.


"It senses that we're in the kitchen and we just woke up. In our platform, a developer's written an app where you put in your commute pattern and it checks the traffic and it will tell this lamp to change colors based on the timing of your commute," says Hawkinson.


Your home will tell you the forecast before you step outside.  Just open the door.

"If I open the door, it will play the weather report for the day over the kitchen speakers," says Hawkinson.


SmartThings makes use of a hub that's kind of like a router. Once you've installed it, you can download different apps on the SmartThings platform to control different devices.


"Your home becomes programmable.  In the same way you can put apps on your phone, you can install an app, like what kind of coffee you want to have brewed in the morning," says Hawkinson.


It seems like something out of science fiction, but it's just part of the morning routine for Matt.  

"What I see happening in sort of the connected home is that right now, there's expensive systems and that's all being radically democratized, where now you can use these little cheap devices, control it from your smartphone and there needs to be a platform for it; and SmartThings can be that platform," says Matt Mullenweg.  


The tech is also being used to protect your kids.  And here's a cool one, your connected home plays your music of choice when you step inside.  It's part of a larger trend of technology moving beyond your smartphone.


"We wanted to make it very intuitive so people are used to texting with each other. We give your home a voice. And you can say hello home, and goodnight home," says Hawkinson.




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