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Home Automation Contents
Part I: Introducing Home Automation
Chapter 1: Home Automation 101
Chapter 2: What You Need to Get Started
Chapter 3: Determining Your Home Automation Needs (and Wants)
Part II: Automating Inside Your Home
Chapter 4: Keeping Your Cool or Turning Up the Heat
Chapter 5: Nice and Tidy Does It!
Chapter 6: I’m in the mood for . . . Anything: Automated Lighting
Chapter 7: Safe, Sound, and Hunkered Down
Chapter 8: Home, Home on the Automatic Range: The Automated Kitchen
Chapter 9: Monitoring Water Use and Detecting Leaks
Chapter 10: Smart Home Entertainment
Part III: Automating Outside Your Home
Chapter 11: Checking the Weather
Chapter 12: Your Grandfather’s Dream, Your Reality: Automating Lawn Care
Part IV: Taking Command of Your Home Automation Systems
Chapter 13: Working with Mobile Devices and Computers
Chapter 14: Controlling Your Home from One Platform
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 15: Ten Easy Ways to Begin Automating Your Home
Chapter 16: Ten Great Websites for Home Automation
Chapter 17: Ten Other Options for Automating Your Life
Introduction to Home Automation For Dummies PDF
Flying was a pleasure meant only for birds or for fools jumping off a cliff with homemade wings. The stuff of fancy and fantastical tales. In 1903, a couple of brothers put that kind of talk to rest with the first flights of their Flyer in North Carolina.
Computers in the home were something only seen in science-fiction films until a few kids got together in one of their parents’ garage and created a little thing they called the Apple I. According to Forrest Gump, that little “fruit company” has done quite well since those days.
Staying on that theme, folks used to think that teleportation was only possible in Star Trek, but just yesterday I was beamed from my local transporter to our secret moon base in no time flat! It was really — uh oh! I’m not supposed to talk about that yet
. . . just forget you read that last paragraph, please. Nothing to see here. Moving on. The point is that when it comes to technology, fiction can often become reality.
The fiction of being able to automate our homes became a reality a few decades ago, but it was something only the very (and I do mean very) well-heeled could afford.
Since the advent of the smartphone (there’s that “fruit company” again) and the proliferation of cellular networks, we have had greater access to each other and our world than we’ve ever dreamed.
As smartphones and apps have grown in popularity, so has the need to use them in ways many of us couldn’t have conceived of before. Today we not only can make calls and send texts, but we also use our smartphones (and tablets) for watching movies, catching up on the news, checking weather forecasts, viewing live sporting events, listening to our favorite music, and many more tasks that Isaac Asimov couldn’t have thought of.
Wi-Fi networks and the Internet have also opened the door (in some cases literally) to a whole new level of home accessibility: using our smart devices and apps with our home’s Wi-Fi network to remotely control and automate tasks in our home.
You can use your iOS or Android device to adjust the temperature, set the mood with customized lighting schemes, preheat the oven so you can cook your meal the moment you walk in the door and even tell your lawnmower to start cutting your grass.
That’s just scratching the surface of what you can do with today’s smart home automation technology and in this book, I happily tackle the subject with you.
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