Automation interface

2006.07.24 (Monday, July 24)

The reBang post, Hybrid Reality Cocooning, is about software that connects real space to a 3-D digital representation. This is used to establish an interface for building automation tasks like controlling lights, sound, television, climate, appliances and even simple tasks like opening and closing doors, by hooking into home automation software and hardware standards. vCrib has an integrated 3-D browser and modeller devoted to debugging, simulating and executing actual home installations. (See the video).

Its integration with metaverse networks like Second Life ( SL) suggests yet another example of one reality augmenting another; whether it’s material reality augment an immaterial one, or vice versa. Essentially, the two realities are reversible as far as augmentation is concerned. From being able to control and monitor real spaces from a distance, like turning off the stove in your home, or seeing who’s at work in your studio by jacking-in to SL when you’re cross town, someday SL –the simulacra, will be put to work accessing your real life, and not just feeding off of its metaphor(s).

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