I am getting a new apartment and am going to move-in in October! This time it is a fancy one, not a basement of a house, but well it is still technically in a basement (subterranean as the apartment office calls it). It is fancy in that it is part of an apartment complex. The best part though is that I will be moving in there with my then to be wife, Leslie :).
So, last night Leslie was on her amazon because she was checking the shipping order for one of her friends wedding gift. I was watching and she accidentally scrolled down too far and I saw what she got me for my Birthday! She got me a Raspberry Pi 3! So, it is a bit early for my birthday, but I don’t care. I’m getting a raspberry pi!!!
This got me thinking of multiple ideas of what to do with it… From making the whole kitchen into a smart kitchen. Where we have smart outlets, automatic faucets, lights that turn on when you walk in or off when you leave, and automatic alarms that go off if the oven has been on for longer than you set it for, sound system controller, humidity regulator (since a basement probably will need a dehumidifier), temperature controller. dishwasher monitor, voice controlled kitchen timers…. I mean the list just goes on and on and on!
This got me thinking that apartment complexes would be the ideal candidate to start renovating for smart living spaces! Essentially a smart community. They could operate on there own smart/micro grid, have there own micro water plant (because why don’t we operate water and sewer like the micro-grid? I mean that way the entire water system is not so easily polluted by a single source. Also, that means a more exact amount of water is able to be cleaned etc. idk but seems like a cool idea right?), also there would be solar panels installed on all the roofs (or at least those that make sense). Then they could also renovate the apartments themselves. Of course the more you pay the more the automation and the higher end the appliances etc are. Of course you would want the smart house to be easily able to integrate the apartment resident’s devices and personal augmentation. That way they could add more automation themselves if they desire.
So, that is a lot up front. But, if the complexes start offering for a significant rent increase the basic smart house, they could start to increase there revenue and start to renovate the communities and start to make there company stand out. Eventually they would have the dream of my last paragraph. Of course if they are building a new community they might consider doing this from the start.
So, that was a fun idea I had. I think that this would be a fun business to get into. Contracting with apartment companies to renovate their apartment communities.