Smartphones today are ubiquitous. With the introduction of the iPhone and Android smartphones broke out from the business sphere into the general consumer sphere. Controlling an intelligent environment with one seems the logical step.
This thesis examines the history of smart homes, the users' requirements towards a smart home, the properties of the smartphones and ways of locating the user in a house using the smartphone's internal sensors and external sensors. Then it gives a recommendation towards a financially viable smart home controlling system with a smartphone client and tests a basic implementation.
The main topics are:
* The history of home appliances, how it led to the creation of smart homes and why smart homes aren't ubiquitous yet.
* Requirements of users towards a smart home
* Properties of the smartphones
* Recommendations for an intelligent home controller system that integrates a smartphone
* A basic implementation of a system
* How to locate a smartphone indoors with sufficient accuracy