You May Soon Be Able To Control Your Home With A Smart Wall

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    Forget about a smart speaker, you will soon be able to control your smart home with a few taps on your wall. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed a way to make their walls smart, at a cost of $ 20 per meter, as observed by NBC News.Nicknamed Wall ++, the researchers discovered that they could use conductive paint and a custom sensor plate to create electrodes and convert a standard wall into a gesture-sensitive touch screen and an "electromagnetic sensor to detect and track electrical devices and devices."The system could monitor room activity, automatically adjust light levels when a TV is turned on or off, or send an alert when a device shuts down. The Wall ++ could also track people who use certain electronic devices that emit an electromagnetic signature.This is not the first time that Carnegie Mellon researchers have found a way to convert an analog surface into a touchscreen. Last year, researchers at the university announced a system called Electrick that allows spraying conductive paint on smooth surfaces to allow touch controls.There is still work to be done, the Wall ++ has not been optimized for power consumption, and there is likely to be an easier way to install it than to place a sensor board in the socket, but the overall functionality seems to be solid. Get ready to stop screaming at Alexa and start hitting your wall.