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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Will a smart home make you fat?

One of the main tenets of the smart home is that you can do so much from your phone or iPad. You don’t have to get up to change the thermostat or the lighting; with video monitoring and smart locks, you don’t even have to get up to answer the door. Nobody really walks to the mailbox anymore and everybody has a phone in their pocket. Perhaps it’s time to consider the longer-term implications of all this.

Two years ago, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg started the Center for Active Design in New York City, promoting “Active buildings: encouraging greater physical movement within buildings for users and visitors.” This is something we're going to have to think about for our homes, particularly with the advent of smart technology where you only lift a finger to operate an app that talks to your fridge and the robot cooking your food. We know what happened when the extension phone and the TV remote control came into our lives, but this is taking it to a whole new level.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/remodeling-design/stories/will-a-smart-home-make-you-fat

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