Automation works better when everything can be integrated together so they can work together as one.
The Alarm Clock
- By itself it works well, but what if by setting the alarm you also set the Coffee maker to go off.
- Using Insteon (X10 isn't enough) the alarm clock tells Misterhouse (the central server) that you want to get up at 5:30 AM. You've already setup Misterhouse to make the Coffee when you wake up (so it has to know when you need to wake up). Now setting the alarm also makes Coffee. Oh Misterhouse also tells your alarm clock to wake you up with gentle music that gradually get louder or wakes you up with a nasty, loud, annoying alarm. Now I need to solve the dang snooze alarm.