Smart homes are intelligent environments that interact dynamically and respond readily in an adaptive manner to the needs of the occupants and changes in the ambient conditions. The realization of systems that support the smart homes concept requires integration of technologies from different fields. Among the challenges that the designers face is to make all the components of the system interact in a seamless, reliable and secure manner.
The causes of this debacle and the events surrounding its resolution have been docu-
mented and analyzed in great detail by academics, governmental bodies, former bank and
thrift regulators, and journalists.
Assertiveness is one of the most important skills you can learn today. It can be used in almost any situation at work as well as in your home and social life. Assertiveness changes the way you communicate, changes the way you deal with conflict, and changes your own relationship with yourself. It is the gateway to confidence, respect, and self-esteem. As you will learn in this book, assertiveness is something you are born with and naturally good at. Only the intervention of others with your best interests at heart rob you of assertiveness and teach you unsatisfactory substitutes, such as...
Aidan McDonald has just received a DSL line Internet connection to a local ISP in his home. The ISP
has allocated only one IP address to be used on the serial port of his remote access device. Routing
between the ISP and the home router is done using a static route between the ISP and the gateway
routers, and a default route between the gateway and the ISP routers. The ISP connection to the
Internet will be represented by a loopback address on the ISP router.
The iRobot Roomba is perhaps the best example of mobile robotics entering the home. It performs
a useful task and is relatively inexpensive, and while it doesn’t look like Rosie the Robot
on The Jetsons, it does have a charm of its own.
The purpose of this book is to introduce robot hacking to people who are interested in programming
and modifying their own robot but who don’t want to destroy a functioning Roomba. This
“reversible hacking” is device modification that can be undone to return the device to its original
Furniture is a
ubiquitous object, i.e., it can be found everywhere at home or the office, and it can
integrate and hide the sensors of a network. This work addresses the lack of an exhaustive
study of the effect of furniture on signal losses. In addition an easy-to-use tool for
estimating the robustness of the communication channel among the sensor nodes and
gateways is proposed. Specifically, the losses in a sensor network signal due to the
materials found within the communication link are evaluated.
Out of the sunshine and shadows of sixty-eight years come these personal recollections of California--of the
period when American civilization first crossed its mountain heights and entered its overland gateways.
I seem to hear the tread of many feet, the lowing of many herds, and know they are the re-echoing sounds of
the sturdy pioneer home-seekers. Travel-stained and weary, yet triumphant and happy, most of them reach
their various destinations, and their trying experiences and valorous deeds are quietly interwoven with the
general history of the State....