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Brief Published: 13 Jun 2013

The Tweeting Home: House of Coates


Tom Coates, co-founder of San Francisco-based technology start-up The Product Club, can monitor his home remotely through a House of Coates Twitter feed that relays information in real-time from a network of inter-connected home devices hooked up to web applications. 

Coates’ data-reporting devices include the Twine wireless sensor from US tech start-up Supermechanical, and WeMo light switches from Californian electronics company Belkin. The feedback pooled from these separate home devices is processed by a web program developed by Coates, called If This Then That (IFTTT), which generates automatic responses from the House of Coates Twitter account.

Tweets include basic notifications (“I just turned on the bedroom light”) while others engage Coates directly when action is required (“Hey, @tomcoates, I just noticed some movement in the sitting room, is that you?”). 

See Stylus’ report the Internet of Things for more discussion on internet-connected appliances and household devices. Read more about the potential for growth in the market of digital innovations for the home in Domestic Digital.

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