The system that we have going has a office/commercial space part as well.
Let me give you a rough idea of what it would be like::
The client would enter his/her house using a biometrics fingerprint reader (keys can be replaced, forgotten, lost, copied etc.). The house would immediately customize the lights to his/her liking (if no one else is at home). The house would then go on to tell the person if he has any messages (voice/email) and also read out loud any reminders (mom’s birthday, taking medicine etc.)
Meanwhile, the tea kettle would automatically switch on in the kitchen and 5 minutes later the house would announce that the tea was done. The house also would take care of anything forgotten on the stove etc.
It also has modes, such as night mode in which all the doors/windows are automatically locked and the alarm mode is triggered, meanwhile the lights in the master bedroom go on and the lights in the passage-way go on so the person can go to bed. The other modes can include guest, safety, romantic etc. These are customizable to the customer’s liking.
The house also has power saving modes like switching on/off the lights/fans/ac in a room when there isn’t anyone there and switching it on as soon as someone enters.
The user also has the capabilities to access the house remotely (very secure) and control most of the gadgets from there, including video cameras for surveillance etc.
So basically what I’m trying to say is that the SmartHome System isn’t limited to X10 in which the user can control various devices at the press of a button.
Also, just about a week back, there were 2000 apartments built with the ‘SmartHome’ Package by a similar company. The project was estimated at a cool 500,000 USD, so I do think there is potential.
Sorry about my earlier rantings again… I hope it isn’t too late to take back all my stupidities. Thanks.