Benefits to Home Automation

Jacob Newberger is a designer and programmer of automation devices. Using cutting-edge technology, Jacob Newberger and his employer Panacea Technologies provide consumers with innovative new ways to maintain their homes or businesses. In a culture where technology is king, home automation harnesses the incredible power of smart devices. Home automation allows individuals to manage their homes at the touch of a button using any smartphone or tablet. This provides a number of benefits.

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Safety: The ability to manage lights in the home remotely allows users to make it look like someone is home, even when the home is empty. Many systems also feature automated locking systems.

Savings: Home automation allows users to ensure lights are off when not in use and to adjust the thermostat as needed. Timeliness: Busy parents no longer have to rush home to unlock the door for children returning home from school.

Peace of Mind: Individuals on vacation can control their homes from anywhere. Instead of giving a key to another individual, users can let them inside remotely. In addition, users can check the status of their homes using security cameras.

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Jake Newberger: Robotic Trends for 2013

With advances in technology occurring every month, keeping up with robotic trends for 2013 might be a daunting task. Robotic prosthetics, robot-assisted care giving, and industrial robots continue to be burgeoning fields in 2013, according to Illah Nourbakhsh, who is a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

Robotic prosthetics have the ability to do more than simply assist with walking; they can also be used to help the patient build stronger muscles. In terms of robot-assisted care giving, there are already places in Asia where couples leave their children at home while they go out to dinner, and if there is a problem, the robot alerts the parents. However, Nourbakhsh warns that it may still be too risky to leave children in the care of a robot. In addition, industrial robots may help with productivity, but they also cause unemployment because the robots often do the work cheaper and faster than humans could.

As an automation validation engineer for Panacea Technologies, Inc., Jake Newberger troubleshoots distributed control systems. Prior to working with the Pennsylvania-based company, he interned for Prototype Productions based in Virginia where he helped to design surgical simulators. Jacob Newberger graduated in 2011 from Penn State University, where he majored in mechanical engineering.