Of course that meant running network connections to all my rooms, as well as to the pool and the garage. I also wired my house for home automation and security. But being that I live in two houses for the present (one in NYC and one in Las Vegas) until I make the move to Vegas officially towards the end of the year, I needed a way to "live" in the house, or better "occupy" the house virtually, while still working and living in NYC.
This is the result of that idea.
Check out the video on the next page!
Step 2: Home 9000 - The Video
Here is a link to a video that inspired my basic concept, however, this is vaporware.
Step 3: Creating the 'Monster'
Why I needed this:
Largely for security purposes, I needed a way to be able to answer my doorbell, no matter where I am (no, I am not that lazy. Well, yes I am ...) from anywhere in the world, but give the illusion that I am actually present in the house.
[Sound clip from Ferris Buller's day off]
I decided that Ferris Bueller had the right idea, but I wanted to take that ingenuity a step farther. I needed a way to talk to the person ringing the doorbell, as well as supplying a canned message that I was not there right now and leave a message (In burglar talk that means "Go ahead break in!"). I considered that as long as I am conversing, I would like to see the person as well. This brought me to the idea of using my iPhone and Apple's Facetime.