Some while back, I got involved with floating houses and pontoons, primarily because of the products I was Tech manager of. It was an interesting period and covered several different types of construction and particular problems.
For me it was the way in which the floatation was provided, and the problems of water absorption, plus the long term effects of being constantly emerged in water, from Algie growth to natural damage, plus in many cases the way in which ballast we needed to be added to make the pontoon or house boat sit in the water correctly, plus the need to make the unit stable, ie ride the waves of passing boats.
Connection to the grid for power was an option some did not take, preferring to use solar and internal generators. Sewage was a combination of both connection, cassett, and internal tanks. And water was a combination of grey water and fresh held in tanks.
All this moving weight made for an interesting design, and one I had not given much thought to for over 20 years or so.
I am teaching volume at Gloucester and this little gadget in today's photo, on a web site I found is just excellent.
Take a look at this video on building intelligent bee hives, very interesting,
It will come, there is no stopping it and you should get to grips with it, what you might ask, Home WiFi, no not your normal home wifi to connect to the web, this is to allow all the other bits and pieces your fridge, home security, lights and the rest, talk to the net, and each other. Gigaom has an excellent article that outlines this with a review of the Belkin WiFi adaptor, WeMo system, that does all of this and probably more. The Motion Sensor, is ideal for so many things.
For us as Technologists, I can easily see it expanding to small smart sensors in the wall, looking at temp, humidity, stress/stain gages, tank levels, water and gas pressures, outside temp, in fact a whole host of appliances that help the well being of any domestic house.
So is the smart house creeping up on us, quicker than we might think, well yes, particularly as photo volataic panels gain more ground and wind and other means of power generation in the home are norm, the idea that my system could talk to the next system and sell energy is fast becoming a reality, and not Sci Fi .You might also ask, just how long will satellite continue, in it’s current form,