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A home that can be remote controlled by a smartphone

Our smartphones have become a vital part of our days - we receive emails, browse the web, search for property, keep in touch via social media or even organise meetings - but how about being able to control your home from your phone?



The Soleta ZeroEnergy One is that home. The tiny home is a prototype developed by the Justin Capra Foundation for Invention and Sustainable Technologies (FITS) - it runs on clean energy and can be controlled from your smartphone.



Now the home might not be a mansion at just 48 square meters but the technology in this home is quite big. The concept home can be powered by renewable energy sources and has 45 percent energy effciency which is achived through a smart energy, climate and ventilation monitoring and management system, KNX. The KNX System can be controlled remotely with an iPhone or similar devices.



Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including glue laminated wood for the structure and wood shingles for the roof. Instead of solid walls, FITS used insulated glass to create a distinct relationship between nature and the interior while also providing natural light and ventilation. Additional ventilation is “forced” in and coupled with a heat recovery system.





Smart and sustainable, what more could we ask of the homes of the future?

(Images via Soleta)


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