Home I/O – Bringing home automation
Home I/O is an educational software which simulates a smart house and allows you to learn and improve your skills in home automation, heat transfer, energy efficiency and much more. It can be as simple as controlling any of the 174 available devices, like a motorized garage door or a thermostat, or as sophisticated as setting up a network to enable centralized control of the entire home with the Home Automation Console. It is also possible to select different dates and locations, try out different weather conditions and see how everything reacts in real time. Alter all the conditions of the house and learn about energy efficiency by observing and analysing the consumption of energy or cost per hour, day, week and month.
You don’t have to wait for days to see the results anymore, Home I/O also works in a faster than real time mode so you can simulate a day go by in 16 seconds! By using Connect I/O together with Home I/O the user gets unlimited possibilities by accessing and controlling Home I/O through external technologies, like PLC, microcontrollers, etc.
The software has been designed for the classroom, technology projects or just to explore and have fun. Today Home I/O is being used globally as a didactic tool in several courses across different levels of education. The range stretches from initiating high school students in technology classes and courses, up to community colleges and university research labs. It covers topics of home automation, energy efficiency, and a lot more.