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It’s Not Disney’s Smart House Anymore—It’s Your Smart Home!     Remember the 1999 Disney movie Smart House, about a computerized home designed for the specific purpose of making life easier for a family? Everyone knows the mishaps that follow the Cooper Family—until “Pat” the Smart House is reprogrammed to discharge her original responsibilities.   Fast forward to 2015, and the Disney comedy is not quite so unreal any more, as the “smart home” has transcended just being a trend. It is now here to stay.      Say Hello to the Smart Home and Its Integrated Systems   Very popular by 1998, home automation became trendy as more Read more
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Published On : 06-17-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Smart Things for Your Home: The Latest Sensors and Video Security
So far this year the Internet of Things has brought forth some exciting technologies to benefit homeowners, making our lives more convenient and safer, but certainly more complicated, especially when it comes to alerts. Today it seems like our smartphones are on alert overdrive. But the good news is that now motion, heat and moisture sensors can alert you of there is a change in temperature at home - such as a fire - and could help save lives.   SmartThings is a new company that’s makes sensors to monitor moisture levels and detect motion in your home. The company's key message is:  A safer, smarter home in the palm of your hand. Once you have the SmartThings Hub and free app, you can add as many devices Read more
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Published On : 06-11-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Technologies for the Conscious Home Save Energy
The United States government is now requiring energy companies to figure out ways to save power and become more efficient.  Seems the last time they did this in automotive industry – we started seeing a lot of new solutions like gas-free cars! Enter thermostats and smoke detectors. Now consumers who are building a new home will be integrating the latest technologies into their modern house plan.   Today, companies like Google are seeking ways to take the smarts of smartphones and build them into everything else, including your home.  And now the company is setting great expectations for a world populated with Google-powered smart devices. Google has just acquired Nest Energy Services for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more
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Published On : 03-18-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Cool New Technologies for Home Design
New home design technology trends in the last couple of years have been focused on energy efficiency and mobile control for homes. Some of the highlights of these new technologies featured on the CNBC Slide how entitled, “Hottest New Home Technology" which were previewed at a recent Home Builder’s Show include: A laser robot vacuum – cleans your house efficiently. The Neato Robotics adds a laser that maps your house; then knows what has already been cleaned and what still needs to be done. After it is finished it heads back to its own home base. Kohler eco-friendly Numi toilet for today's modern bathrooms. It offers a motion-activated seat and lid, an air dryer, a multi-option bidet wand, a deodorizing charc Read more
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Published On : 12-30-2013
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Website for The Plan Collection
We recently completed a development upgrade and redesign of our website at theplancollection.com. The goal was to improve the user experience and provide our users with access to more detailed and relevant information. We appreciate your comments, feedback and suggestions. Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2012
Author : Steve Donegan
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New Technology Section
As part of our efforts to become more interesting and more transparent we have added a couple of new sections to ThePlanCollection.com. This section will focus on the technology we use, updates to the website and other technical issues that we find are interesting or relevant. Hopefully everyone finds this useful. Read more
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Published On : 01-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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The Plan Collection is on Facebook
When you are a small business and don't have an enormous development team you have to be careful about technology decisions. Most of our time is spent ensuring that our application is secure and running properly. Some of our time is spent adding new features including making changes to the design of the interface so that the website looks nicer.   Every once in a while we have a moment to breathe and we do something that is fun and interesting and that will hopefully lead to new opportunities. To this end we have created a Facebook application that lets users save house plans and then share them with friends. Users can also add comments to house plans and then watch what others are doing/saying.   We realize that F Read more
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Published On : 01-14-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Need a Building? Just Add Water
I thought this article was worth sharing with you. Need a Building? Just Add Water As an emergency shelter alternative to tents, which provide poor protection, and prefabricated buildings that are expensive to transport, two engineers working on their master’s degrees at the Royal College of Art in London have come up with a “building in a bag.” Erecting the “Concrete Canvas” structure entails adding water to a sack of cement-impregnated fabric and inflating it with air. The volume of the sack controls the water-to-cement ratio, eliminating the need for water measurement. The Nissen hut-shaped shelter is dry and ready to use in about 12 hours. The inventors said they thought of the approach after hearing Read more
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Published On : 03-22-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
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