CA automated container home on a budget obeys voice commands


As co-founder of Oaklands shipping container live/work commune, which we dubbed Containertopia in 2014, Luke Iseman has been pushing the limits of container living for years. For his most recent experiment, he attached an Raspberry Pi and a relay board to his ever-evolving Boxouse and with voice automation (specifically Amazon Alexa), he created a very affordable smart home. By investing in a window coating, he can even tell the windows to go opaque or translucent. He admits that these hacks arent life-changing, but they hint at a more-connected future where windows could incrementally adjust to a changing day, lights could track our motion through a space or heating could shift with our location. These are things that you can buy individual devices to do, explains Iseman. Whats cool for me is its, especially with a tiny house, when you stop worrying about the cost per square foot, when you think about it as, oh, this isnt that big of a house, if I want 3 or 4 smart systems I might as well just spend the 20-40 hours to learn how to glue these together with open sourced things. I mean its basically a container-based smart cabin.”Containertopia” 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqunEuw61k”Containertopia” 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWIJc144mgQBoxouse: https://boxouse.com/


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