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Posted - Sep 02 2010 :  15:17:10  Show Profile
Hello there,
This is my first post.
I am quite interested in integrating a V.A. like Guile3D's one in an architecture for my home and I would like also to have some extended features (most of them are already provided by Guilde3D).
My question is more about the architecture as I think I would go for a dedicated machine.
So far I know I'll have the need of a complete hardware configuration to run V.A. but, as I work in application architecture, I would be more confident in having a dedicated server for hosting the DB. Once gone this way, I am thinking of an architecture that would consist of several Motherboards and CPU to create dedicated spaces for specific functions.

I would like to know, in your point of view, what are the aspects of a V.A. that can be "externalized" and processed apart in order to ensure a better responsiveness ?

So far I have thought of the followings :
Learning module
X10 and external management (as I would like also the V.A. to connect my laptops and smartphone, plus managing some domotic stuff)

Here is the architecture so far I am building at home :

Thank you for the reply


Edited by - Fandaor on Sep 05 2010 23:41:46


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Posted - Sep 12 2010 :  15:39:45  Show Profile
First of all, Welcome!

I like your ideas and layout. While there are MANY home automation software programs, two that really seem to be favorites are Hal (Home Automated Living) and Homeseer.

Both have their pros and cons and can control a wide variety of devices and protocols.

On thing I have envisioned is to construct a learning module. It could be set to "learn" from paying attention to events that are repeated OR it could be told which events normally repeat. Example: I usually get home from work around 5:30 pm so expect the garage door to open, interior lights to turn on as well as my favorite music or TV station.

If for some unseen reason you do NOT arrive home within say 5 or 10 minutes of 5:30, the home could call you to see if you were ok. If no answer, the home would / could call your spouse, friend, neighbor, etc.

There are many other learning types of events, birthdays, anniversary, holidays, etc.

It would tend to give the illusion that the home was more intuned with it's human occupants and would provide the users more beneficial features.

Always lots of thoughts on subjects like Home Automation.

What type of devices best suit your applications? X-10, UPB, Insteon, Z-Wave....?

Might have to ask Vrossi for a separate topic area for Home Automation.

Like to hear your thoughts and plans and again, Welcome!

- Art -
In the world of AI it's the thought that counts!
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Posted - Sep 17 2010 :  01:00:32  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
As you suggested, Art, I created this new area dedicated to Home Automation.

Thank you, Fandaor, for sharing your detailed project. Please keep us updated about it.

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