CA automated container home on a budget obeys voice commands




As co-founder of Oakland’s shipping container live/work commune, which we dubbed “Containertopia” in 2014, Luke Iseman has been pushing the limits of container living for years. For his most recent experiment, he attached an Raspberry Pi and a relay board to his ever-evolving “Boxouse” and with voice automation (specifically Amazon Alexa), he created a very affordable “smart home”. By investing in a window coating, he can even “tell” the windows to go opaque or translucent.

He admits that these hacks aren’t life-changing, but they hint at a more-connected future where windows could incrementally adjust to a changing day, lights could track our motion through a space or heating could shift with our location.

“These are things that you can buy individual devices to do,” explains Iseman. “What’s cool for me is it’s, especially with a tiny house, when you stop worrying about the cost per square foot, when you think about it as, ‘oh, this isn’t that big of a house, if I want 3 or 4 smart systems I might as well just spend the 20-40 hours to learn how to glue these together with open sourced things’. I mean it’s basically a container-based smart cabin.”

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47 Comments

  1. 805gregg
    June 26, 2017
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    It would be faster to just flip a switch

  2. JacobDeanTVX
    June 26, 2017
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    Great video!!

  3. Derptato
    June 26, 2017
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    He should put a sensor in the bucket so he knows when to empty it.

  4. Klaus Hildner
    June 26, 2017
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    Great stuff. This guy is right, great ecosystem. Please add details on the window foils and on the Hepa air filter!

  5. kobracom77
    June 26, 2017
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    Alexa………..is this shirt too small for me?
    WTF is wrong with people. You guys just looove "Smart" things. What happens when the computers go down? People will be too stupid and lazy to do simple things, like flick a light switch, or manually close blinds. This lazy technology will be the downfall of us all.

  6. RAD Aquatics
    June 26, 2017
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    "Stupidly brilliant"!!!!!!!!!! Remember this quote, repeat it and give your self the credit for the effort!!!!!!(and than give me credit for the quote)

  7. Dufffaaa93
    June 26, 2017
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    To me, automated home is a home that cleans itself automatically, and cooks and serves your food.

  8. Ghleehanna Leslie
    June 26, 2017
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    I think he has an absolutely brilliant ideas… being disabled those ideas… if all I had to do is talk to get things done… it would make my life much easier…instead of having to buy this this thing that cost $100 …this thing that cost $200 but it won't talk to A and it won't talk to B and won't talk to D… he's eliminated all of that and started it out of one point…I love that idea

  9. Joseph Tucker
    June 26, 2017
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    Fantastic! Thank you very much.

  10. leadslinger49
    June 27, 2017
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    Stack em, rack em and ship em where they are needed. Let someone else control all the smart electronics. A future utopia. Human resources.

  11. Victor Principe
    June 27, 2017
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    when I get my future bus I want him to do my windows and lights.

  12. Dan Rigsley
    June 27, 2017
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    Bad idea. You need constant wifi and high security issue from hacking. Huge mistake. This guy is missing the whole picture. You always need old school as a back up when shit hits the wall.

  13. Speedy Maui
    June 27, 2017
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    this guy is a trendy nerd. -container homes are supposed to be simple…yeah dude, all those wires look so cool!! Dork!!!

  14. jetfowl
    June 27, 2017
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    Just a comparison:

    1. "Alexa, lights." Pause. "(Whatever Alexa said.)"

    or

    2. Flick light switch.

    (hint, #2 is much, much faster)

  15. Carol Chen
    June 28, 2017
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    idk if the builder will ever see this comment but I just want to say a couple of things. One, great job! You're forging a path to affordable smart homes.
    Two, I understand that this is a proof of concept, but telling Alexa to cut the lights is slower than having to flip the switch yourself. Alexa was designed to answer people back so it would be the same as you telling your mom to shut the lights for you and she replies, "ok~!". If you want a challenge, perhap you can make your own voice sensor so that it just reacts to the vocal cues.
    Finally, this is great that you're proving a point by not adding switches but it's good engineering if you add them anyway. Especially the way your "utility closet" looks. If the humidity of your water system or the rain fries your computer system, at least you have a hard switch to turn your lights back on.
    Overall, thank you for sharing!

    last note: heard of the saying, "don't shit where you eat"? quick fix is a curtain but a better one is to move your bathroom to one end of your home (so that the tub and toilet face opposite of each other) and build a partition wall and then have the kitchen fit into that wall. If the objective is to have space, then this wouldn't take more than 5-7' of your lengthwise space.

  16. the green man
    June 28, 2017
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    oh look! pointless technology!

  17. SargonBighorn
    June 28, 2017
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    "HAL open the pod bay doors…"

  18. Trish Truitt
    June 28, 2017
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    It all seems pretty neat -BUT it's actually a bit of an EMF nightmare. I mean it's bad enough in a full size home but in a tiny box like this – Yikes. You couldn't even take the wireless down at night to sleep better – without exposing your house with the transparent windows.

  19. Barry Martin Jr
    June 28, 2017
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    Very impressive! I wouldn't want all the automation but it is eye-opening. Fantastic!

  20. ᴶᴼᴺ Comments
    June 29, 2017
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    Where can you buy pldc film?

  21. Nelson Di Salvatore
    June 30, 2017
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    I wish I had the time and money this guy has to experiment with all this tiny house stuff

  22. quikxfl
    June 30, 2017
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    Take a shot every time this guy says "like" – gah!

  23. Painter josh
    July 1, 2017
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    I bet the ceiling was a whole bunch to do

  24. Whydontcha Rydeme
    July 2, 2017
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    its a great idea, but pi's burn out easily. Even industrial computers burn out and are not as robust as a simple light switch.

  25. Chris Reece
    July 3, 2017
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    Awesome…great work!!

  26. Weston Vieira
    July 6, 2017
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    I find the beginning of the video very triggering …

  27. Bill Gatess
    July 6, 2017
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    get a gimbal, seriously. or a monopod to stabilize your handheld video.

  28. Strange Days
    July 6, 2017
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    Sometimes it's easier just to flip a switch. Who really wants to go around yelling alexa this, alexa that? It's cool because it's new tech but some of the old ways of doing things are actually more convenient.

  29. dogsitter68
    July 7, 2017
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    I want that window film

  30. carlosapian g
    July 8, 2017
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    Alexa is on the verge of becoming brokexa. Just move the device to a more stable location. Jeez!

  31. Brendon Baumgartner
    July 9, 2017
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    Girl comes over, SD card just happens to corrupt. Damn… no Netflix and Chill for you! heh

  32. matthewtattoo
    July 10, 2017
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    pimptainer indeed…

  33. Truth Seeker
    July 10, 2017
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    NOT IMPRESSED

  34. Pamone Brewshire
    July 11, 2017
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    can containertopia be in the video title, it is in the description and I was able to find this video as the 3rd in the series of these people's journey

  35. RGP B
    July 14, 2017
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    Love this channel

  36. BikeStuff
    July 16, 2017
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    lol, the valley girl boy voice crackle. had me loln.
    basically, like, smart like basically.. looool

  37. AYOzed
    July 17, 2017
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    Smart home = voice commands for something youd need to walk .5 feet to do yourself

  38. Valueless Dollar
    July 21, 2017
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    I've done this with an offline voice command system called "Jasper" No need for internet connection. He's still a noob, So I'll let it pass.

  39. Valueless Dollar
    July 21, 2017
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    Its funny how he calls that shipping container.. His "Pimptainer"

  40. upx63
    July 21, 2017
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    Thanks for another nice vid.
    I want that window ASAP !!

  41. Fragrance News 4U
    July 22, 2017
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    Where can I get those windows and doors can you please tell me how to make them Great job buddy love your home

  42. Angelica Arcade
    August 1, 2017
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    Waw classy, ​​I still can not make a video like this, because didaerahku hard to find a container house that can be used as objects

  43. joe fen
    August 23, 2017
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    the editing made this scene so creepy

  44. GreatBigRanz
    August 30, 2017
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    Houston People….this would be fucking perfect.

  45. AFFAN Azam
    September 6, 2017
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    He is so sexy . I can't get enough of him

  46. T. Stax
    October 24, 2017
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    This guys amazing. He need one of those CNN hero awards or something

  47. FeelItRising
    November 16, 2017
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    Linux for the win!

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