With all the smart-devices in our homes it only makes sense that Microsoft would come up with a way to control them all within a centralized hub. Devices like smart-fridges, automated coffee makers, motion sensors and mobile phones can all be manipulated through the use of Microsoft’s HomeOS software which turns your home into a sort of smart-house. Researchers designed the software using what they call ‘PC-like abstraction’ which is a fancy term for their specialized software kernel (written using C# and Net 4.0) that gives our appliances the ability to communicate to a computer as well as being remotely-operated through mobile devices. For the past 8 months, researchers have been testing HomeOS in 12 homes with promising results according to Microsoft. In fact over 50 students have already been writing various apps for the software with some letting the user control gaming consoles and Blu-ray players directly from your mobile phones and tablets which will be available on Microsoft’s HomeStore in the near future. As of now, the HomeOS SDK is available for free to any academic institutions (schools) to encourage teaching on automated homes with no word yet as to when it will become available to the general public.
HomeOS logo (via Microsoft)
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