Microsoft Tests An Operating System For Your Home

Microsoft Tests An Operating System For Your Home

HomeOS automates the house, controlling devices such as consoles, printers, lighting and air conditioning through a central interface.

Emma Hutchings

Microsoft Research has published a new white paper about its house automation software HomeOS, which it has begun testing. The operating system sees in-home devices like consoles, routers, printers, air conditioners and lighting, as peripherals controlled by a gateway PC running HomeOS.

Microsoft Research has been testing this project in twelve houses over the past few months and has developed some apps that can monitor energy use and carry out remote surveillance and face recognition. These apps would be available for installation on the users’ gateway PC through a portal called HomeStore, allowing them to expand their system’s capabilities for the home. You can watch a demo of Microsoft Research’s HomeOS in the video below:

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