Microsoft Research have posted about HomeMaestro: a platform that helps end users program their home appliances.
HomeMaestro is a platform for intuitively defining home appliance behaviour. The key concept in HomeMaestro is a repository of rules defined by other users, which can be mashed into interesting scenarios. These rules could be simple if-then statements, such as â€œif my bedroom window is open, then switch off the heater.â€ The rules can be defined on Windows Phone 7 and uploaded to the cloud (Project Hawaii web services and Windows Azure) for later use and sharing.
To date, the HomeOS research prototype has been running in more than a dozen homes and nearly 50 students, across several institutions, have already built some exciting applications for HomeOS.
Read more about the project at Microsoft Research here.