Apple's smart home concept will know exactly where you are

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When we think of the home of the future, chances are we think of something like Tony Stark's mansion or the home of George and Jane Jetson; a home that can facilitate our every whim, and all we need do is ask. It's a fantastic idea, but it's also one which Apple believes doesn't go far enough.

A recently published patent, awarded to Apple by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has shed light upon a possible future where our homes act to make us more comfortable before we even ask it to. The patent specifically refers to a "System and method of determining location of wireless communication devices/persons for controlling/adjusting operation of devices based on the location." Through the location of your iPhone (or possibly iWatch?) your home will be able to offer up all the comforts you may wish.

There is also a component to the patent that refers to your "possible future location". It seems Apple idea for a smart home will not only keep constant tabs on your location, but will learn from your past habits. If you always head into the kitchen to make a coffee in the morning, you will find the lights on, the coffee brewing and the heat turned up upon your arrival. If you leave for work at the same time each day, the garage may open for you right on time.

The system will also remember different users by their individual devices, meaning that you won't have to worry about the TV flicking on Sports Center when you were hoping to catch the latest episode of The Walking Dead. We're not quite sure when Apple plans on implementing the tech they've patented (if ever), but with the iWatch theoretically entering the market soon, we may see the beginnings of the home of tomorrow sneaking into reality very soon.

USPTO, via Apple Insider

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