Sunday, May 03, 2015
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Cry Engine, Final Fantasy Direct X 12 Demos Impressed BUILD
Telecom Companies Seek Stay of FCC's Internet Regulations
Seagate Combines Cloud Storage Systems, High Performance Computing and Electronic Solutions Groups
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 for IoT Devices
LinkedIn Sees Slow Growth
Mozilla To Deprecate Non-Secure HTTP Sites
AMD Delays CrossFire Freesync Update
Microsoft Uses Machine Learning To Guess Your Age
Active Discussions
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
burning
 Home > News > General Computing > Microso...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Monday, April 30, 2012
Microsoft Announces Home Operating System


Microsoft has recently presented HomeOS, a platform designed for smart homes and presents users users and developers with a PC-like abstraction for technology in the home.

The operating system presents home's network devices (remotely controllable locks, lights, thermostats, cameras, motion sensors e.t.c) as peripherals with abstract interfaces, enables cross-device tasks via applications written against these interfaces, and gives users a management interface designed for the home environment.

Unlike past home technology models, which rely either on an "appliance abstraction," in which a closed, monolithic system supports a fixed set of tasks over a fixed set of devices, or a "network of devices abstraction," in which a decentralized collection of devices relies on interoperability protocols, HomeOS provides users and developers with a PC-like abstraction. It presents network devices as peripherals, enables cross-device tasks via applications, and gives users a management interface that is designed for the home environment. By so doing, the HomeOS overcomes the extensibility limitations of the appliance model and the manageability hassles of the network of devices model. At the same time, it brings the "app store" to the home environment, allowing users to extend the functionality of their home by downloading applications.

Microsoft says that HomeOS has already tens of applications and supports a wide range of devices. It has been running in 12 real homes for 4?8 months, and students have built new applications and added support for additional devices.

For example, HomeMaestro from the MIT Media Lab shows the power of the HomeOS approach. HomeMaestro is a platform for defining home appliance behavior. 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 "if my bedroom window is open, then switch off the heater." 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.

In another example, students at the University of Washington recently used HomeOS with Windows Phone 7 and cloud services (from Project Hawaii) to create a door-monitoring system and networked alarm, and to control various home devices using the Kinect sensor.

HomeOS' design is based on management primitives that map to how users want to manage their homes, protocol-independent services that provide simple APIs to applications and a kernel that is agnostic of the functionality and protocols of specific devices.

Experience with real users and developers, in addition to controlled experiments, help Microsoft validate the usefulness of the abstraction and its design. This experience also reveals gaps where Microsoft's engineers could not cleanly implement the abstraction due to limitations of device protocols (e.g., little support for diagnosis and incompatible implementations across vendors) or due to limited features being exposed by devices over the network.

Microsoft plans to to address these limitations in the future. More broadly, the company hopes is that this work spurs the research community to further explore the home as a future computing platform.

Services provided by the Home OS should not only be broadly useful but also almost universally implementable. For instance, consider occupancy information - which rooms are currently occupied by people. It can benefit many applications (e.g., lighting control, thermostat control, and security), but depending on the devices in the home, it may be difficult to infer reliably (e.g., motion sensors can be triggered by pets; cameras are more reliable). Making occupancy an essential service requires each home to possess the necessary devices, thus increasing the cost of a basic HomeOS installation.(This is akin to PC or smartphone OSes specifyingminimum hardware requirements.) Thus, careful consideration is needed to determine which services a system like HomeOS should provide in all homes.

In addition, some desired reactions to physical actions in the home depend on the identity of the user or who else is around. For instance, users may want to play different music based on who entered and turned on the lights, or parents may not want their children to turn on the Xbox in their absence. Currently, HomeOS can either not support such policies (lightswitches have no interface to query user identity) or support them in an inconvenient manner (ask parents for their password). A promising avenue for future work is to build nonintrusive identity inference (e.g., using cameras in the home, or users? smartphones), and then allow users to express policies based on that inference. A key challenge in realizing this system is to maintain safety in the face of possible errors in identify inference.


Previous
Next
ICANN's Software Bug Reveal Applicants Names For New Domains        All News        Yahoo To Cover Summer Olympics
ICANN's Software Bug Reveal Applicants Names For New Domains     General Computing News      Yahoo To Cover Summer Olympics

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Microsoft Uses Machine Learning To Guess Your Age
Microsoft Patent Describes Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses
Judge Rules in Favor of InterDigital in ITC Action Involving Nokia, Microsoft
Microsoft Cloud Business Drive Company's Profit, Revenue
Microsoft, Yahoo Renew Search Deal
Microsoft Introduces Lumia 540 Dual SIM
Microsoft Lens Transforms Your iPhone To A Portable Scanner
Data Requests To Microsoft Decreased
Samsung to Bring Microsoft Services on More Devices
Microsoft Collaborates With Ford On Conected Cars
Microsoft Releases New Business Products
Microsoft To Offer Cortana To Android, iOS

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .