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Home wired with impressive technology

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Home wired with impressive technology
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The smart home is loaded with smart technology in the wall switches, outlets and appliances.

"It’s purpose in life is to act as a live laboratory for our OCC students in the ELT Department to get some hands-on experience with smart technology, smart appliances and also learn a little bit about alternative energy systems solar, geothermal, that kind of thing," explained Woody Everett, an assistant professor at Onondaga Community College.

Some of the technology is familiar, such as motion-activated lights.

Everett said, "They can sense if there’s movement in the room. If there’s no movement for a period of time they can shut the light off or they can turn the light on when you walk in which is nice when it’s dark."

In addition, you can program the switches and operate them remotely. Even better, you can program and remotely operate your appliances.

"Smart appliances make it so that they control themselves turning themselves on or off. Also, you can be at work and remember you remember you left the basement light on or you left the dryer running or something else so you log on and turn it off," added Everett.

The washer and dryer are smart appliances and so is the refrigerator.

Everett said, "It is network connected so you can bring your groceries home and scan them so the refrigerator knows what is in there, what the expiration dates are and tell you it’s time to throw out the yogurt.

If you’re at the grocery store and can’t remember what you need, you can just dial up the fridge and ask, saving yourself an extra trip to the store.

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