A Groundbreaking Idea for a “Maintenance Free” Smart Home

A Groundbreaking Idea for a “Maintenance Free” Smart Home


A tech enthusiast’s frustration with the state of the connected home industry sparked an idea that has the potential to revolutionize the way builders implement technology.

“A lot of aspects of home automation were bothering me. I hated seeing a house becoming a fun peripheral for smartphones,” says Martin Winston. “If a house can take care of itself, why are you pushing buttons?”

Winston is referring to the use of smartphones to control devices and systems in the home, oftentimes forcing homebuyers to comb through pages of apps just to find the program to run one individual device.

In response, Winston is designing a concept smart home that uses responsiveness and intelligence through state-of-the-art systems, devices and sensors to cut-out most smartphone usage. The goal is to challenge builders and integrators to think about a “smart” home in a new way—one that responds to buyers’ behavior, instead of buyers responding to it.

Winston has already begun populating a website with a wide range of technical information on the home. Once the house is complete, builders and integrators can look to the site for guidance when attempting to build a home to similar specifications.

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The piece of land where Wilson's smart home will be built.
The piece of land where Winston’s smart home will be built.

The Smart Concept

Winston started out with an ambitious mission for his smart home concept—a truly intelligent smart home that requires little user interaction and no major maintenance for decades.

“It should never be just about remotely controlling the home; it’s about a home that’s smart enough to adapt itself, because it can perceive and recognize the building’s occupants,” says Winston.

The home will rely on a “sensor-rich” design. That basically means sensors will be embedded in the walls and ceilings to respond to human behavior.

“It all started with an LED lightbulb,” says Winston, who initially started thinking about the limits of home technology after learning about the extended lifespan of LED lightbulbs. Eventually he started talking to vendors, one subsystem at a time, in an attempt to understand how different technologies can be combined to offer a fully-responsive smart home.

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About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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