Modular components, such as kitchens, baths, and service closets, are pre-fabricated as “whole” assemblies to then be shipped to and installed on structural modular frames at a factory assembly line. Completed building modules are then delivered to a construction site, where they are stacked to construct entire buildings, such as apartment and condominium housing complexes.
Embedded in the house are enhanced sensing and control capabilities that incorporate all facets of daily activities, providing the capability to learn a resident’s needs and to respond to changing conditions. Residents interact with the house through traditional and non-traditional user interfaces (e.g., voice, touch, gesture, proximity, motion) that cover the entire house and its surroundings.
By monitoring living patterns and resources (e.g., energy, food consumption, dwelling habits), the house supports informed user decisions that lead to comfortable and healthy living. This ubiquitous and multimodal house interface makes it easy to perform daily tasks, thus increasing comfort level and supporting a more enjoyable lifestyle.