Archinect - News 2017-09-23T01:58:14-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023205/considering-the-downsides-of-smart-home-technologies Considering the downsides of Smart Home technologies Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T14:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T14:52:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Essey is an engineer at Uber and an early adopter of the Internet of things. He can control his lights with his Amazon Echo or an array of touchpad sensors he has installed throughout the home. Sensors tell him when there's water in the basement or a leak under the sink. While Essey's setup might sound a little like science fiction, it's a prototype of the future. Some critics are worried these devices won't be secure and that companies will use them to spy on us to make money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/313765/internet-of-things" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Internet of things</a> becomes more ingrained in our daily lives, some people are turning ordinary homes into&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/90971/smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a>.&nbsp;One way of doing that is by integrating smart appliances (dishwasher, fridges, microwaves, toasters, etc). That strategy, however, can be expensive and not very efficient, since most of the devices are costly and often are not smart enough to communicate with each other, especially if produced by different manufacturers.<br></p> <p>The other way is to get sensors, and put them on everything you want to monitor. "But then those get really unwieldy and you've got all these things sticking around and they look ugly and socially obtrusive," Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University says. Laput and his team, in fact, built such a <a href="http://www.gierad.com/projects/supersensor/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sensor</a>.&nbsp;When plugged into the wall, the 2-inch-square circuit board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which inte...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019394/roombas-have-been-mapping-out-our-houses-and-big-tech-is-eager-to-buy-that-data Roombas have been mapping out our houses, and big tech is eager to buy that data Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T17:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T00:26:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q04rwstpygnxc33p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q04rwstpygnxc33p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q04rwstpygnxc33p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/q0/q04rwstpygnxc33p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. That data is of the spatial variety: the dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings. To a tech industry eager to push &ldquo;smart&rdquo; homes controlled by a variety of Internet-enabled devices, that space is the next frontier.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Most of the available on the market 'smart home' devices, including lighting, thermostats and security cameras are still quite primitive&nbsp;when it comes to understanding their physical environment.&nbsp;<em>All robovacs use short-range infrared or laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles, but iRobot in 2015 added a camera, new sensors and software to its flagship 900-series Roomba that gave it the ability to build a map while keeping track of their own location within it.</em></p> <p><em>Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp, said iRobot would not sell data without its customers&rsquo; permission, but he expressed confidence most would give their consent in order to access the smart home functions.</em></p> <p>Apple, Google and Amazon have already heavily invested in iRobot.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/125374469/robot-gives-a-helping-hand-as-taubman-college-breaks-ground-on-new-school-addition Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition Alexander Walter 2015-04-15T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-04-16T13:41:23-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iy/iyeg7t7xauuojjc3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iy/iyeg7t7xauuojjc3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iy/iyeg7t7xauuojjc3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/iy/iyeg7t7xauuojjc3.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>On April 15, 2015, University of Michigan's President Mark &#8203;Schlissel and Taubman College Architecture and Urban Planning Dean Monica Ponce de Leon broke ground with donor, A. Alfred Taubman on the new wing of the Art &amp; Architecture building. [...] The ceremonial shoveling of the ground was performed by Taubman College's Kuka robot, normally used for architectural digital fabrication research, painted maize and blue for the occasion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95947337/university-of-michigan-revives-plan-for-architecture-school-addition-and-doubles-budget-to-28m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Michigan revives plan for architecture school addition and doubles budget to $28M</a></p><p>Also, don't miss our recent <em>Dean's List </em>feature with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/120370300/deans-list-monica-ponce-de-leon-of-university-of-michigan-s-taubman-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a>, the Dean at UM's Taubman College.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/112801104/robot-ray-parks-your-car-at-the-airport Robot Ray Parks Your Car At The Airport Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:43:54-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Are you in a hurry to catch your flight and still need to find a parking place? Meet Ray, a shiny robot that parks your car at D&uuml;sseldorf Airport in Germany. Ray makes sure you don&rsquo;t have to park miles away from the terminal, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking place. Just drop off your car within a few meters from the check-in area [...]. When you come back from a holiday or business trip, the robot will make sure your car is ready to go when you walk out of the airport.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/89218959/robotics-challenge-creating-the-disaster-response-of-the-future Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-19T14:39:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T14:45:02-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant marked the beginning of the "Robotics Challenge." Developers were rankled by how helpless robots were as they wandered through the radioactively contaminated reactor building. As they swerved around aimlessly in the steam, cables broke and the operators lost contact with the robots. [...] They compiled a list of eight tasks that robots would have to master in the future to be capable of performing well in disaster response.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/59910334/phantom-geometry-winner-of-the-sci-arc-gehry-prize-2012 Phantom Geometry, Winner of the SCI-Arc Gehry Prize 2012 Alexander Walter 2012-10-23T17:09:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:48:57-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kx/kx9d009hnyqcta3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kx/kx9d009hnyqcta3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kx/kx9d009hnyqcta3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kx/kx9d009hnyqcta3f.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Husband-and-wife team, and 2012 SCI-Arc graduates, Liz and Kyle von Hasseln are the recipients of the inaugural Gehry Prize. The couple was recently presented with the prize for their outstanding masters thesis Phantom Geometry, a unique 3D printing method developed in the SCI-Arc Robot House with advisers Devyn Weiser and Peter Testa. This summer, the school had received a $100,000 gift from architect and SCI-Arc trustee Frank Gehry for the establishment of the institute's annual Gehry Prize.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously in the Archinect News: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56711095/frank-gehry-establishes-annual-gehry-prize-for-sci-arc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry establishes annual "Gehry Prize" for SCI-Arc</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/28280080/usc-on-the-moon USC on the Moon Alexander Walter 2011-11-21T18:29:05-05:00 >2011-11-21T18:36:12-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gw/gwns2vmv6tayyddl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gw/gwns2vmv6tayyddl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gw/gwns2vmv6tayyddl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gw/gwns2vmv6tayyddl.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>USC Professors Behrokh Khoshnevis (Engineering), Anders Carlson (Architecture), Neil Leach (Architecture) and Madhu Thangavelu (Astronautics) have completed their first visualization for their NASA research grant into the potential use of Contour Crafting robotic fabrication technology to build structures on the Moon. [...] Contour Crafting was recently voted one of the top 15 innovations most likely to change the World. The question now being addressed is how it will change the Moon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more information on Contour Crafting, visit <a href="http://www.contourcrafting.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contourcrafting.org</a>.</p>