15 Jan '14, 6pm

In praise of the Dumb Home

In praise of the Dumb Home

It's all so wonderful, the smart home where all of our appliances talk to each other and turn on and off automatically. Bosch wants to wire up our windows so that the Internet of things can close them if it starts raining. Dacor wants us to control our oven through a tablet computer. Matt Hickman shows us a wifi-connected Crock Pot. Now Google is buying Nest Labs , with its thermostats and smoke detectors, hopping on the smart home bandwagon. One of the main justifications for the smart home is to save energy, and to increase comfort. But the Nest thermostat, as one example of a connected device, isn't the most effective way to do either. © Comfort zone chart Victor Olyay As Victor Olgyay noted exactly 50 years ago in his book Design with Climate, comfort is not determined by temperature alone, but by a combination of temperature, humidity and air movement. The Nest thermo...

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