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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Portland, Iotas' pre-wired smart apartments let you rent the high-tech life

Planning for a smart apartment is very different from doing so for a whole house. Obviously, apartments are smaller, so it’s easier for the Iotas team to outfit every switch and plug. One reason the system isn’t integrated with Nest is that the building’s Cadet heaters – kind of like in-wall space heaters – aren’t compatible with the smart thermostat. Instead, Pike says buildings overall have to become smarter about how they funnel air to each room; at 3:00 a.m., it doesn’t make sense to heat the kitchen when everyone’s sleeping in the bedroom.

Iotas is centered around this kind of adaptive system, and it plans on using the data gathered from residents to make everything smarter. “Once we have some level of learnings from how you are living your life, we will start anticipating your needs and start offering up behaviors and offering up rules to you,” says Pike. If you fire up the radio in your bathroom every morning, eventually the system will suggest a rule that pairs turning on the radio along with the light in the a.m. If you decide that’s a great idea, you can accept and Iotas may suggest another rule in a couple days. If you’re creeped out and decline the suggestion, it may be two weeks before you get another rule recommendation.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/iotas-is-making-smart-apartments-more-automated/

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