The Connected Home and Car: A Day in the Life of Story

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Welcome to my follow-up post about the connected home and car. Being it’s 2015 and we’re well into the year, I’m excited to see what companies are going to do about this. As an Experience Designer, I had written a Day in the Life scenario back at the beginning of the year, with what life could be like with the Autonomous Home (notice I’m not saying Home Automation) and semi-autonomous car.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it, and hopefully someday, we can see this come closer to reality. This is in a script format.

“A Day in the Life of Chris and Jenna: Living with the Autonomous Home ”

By

Greg Schumsky

Fade In:

Ext.Home,front- early morning, before sunrise

We open on an establishing shot of a nice, modern home that looks like it could be out of the future, but sits in a nice neighborhood of both newer and older mid-century modern homes. In the driveway we see the silhouette of s sleek looking car.

CUT TO:

INT. BEDROOM – SAME MORNING

Chris and his wife Jenna, a couple in their mid-30’s, are still asleep. A gentle beeping comes from the alarm clock next to the bed, which displays 5:30AM. Chris reaches over, turns it off, and turns over to give her a kiss on the cheek.

CHRIS

Time to wake up baby.

JENNA

(smiles at him while waking up)But it was such a good dream I was having. Plus it’s too cold to get up.

CHRIS

Yeah I know. Still gotta get up though.

JENNA

Five more minutes?

CHRIS

Sure.

Chris sits up, stretches, and starts to get out of bed

CUT TO:

HOME MANAGEMENT IN-WALL TABLET SCREEN IN FRAME

On the screen of this in-wall tablet is the Brain Corporation logo and the name HAILE: Home Automation Intelligent LEarning, different video windows including one of the bedroom, and a current activity window. As it sees Chris, the activity window switches to the home heater.

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CHRIS AND JENNA’S BEDROOM – SAME MORNING

As Chris sits on the side of the bed and puts his feet on the floor, the house heater comes on. Chris looks up, then back at Jenna, and gets out of bed.

CUT TO:

CU OF HAILE’S ACTIVITY WINDOW AND THEN VARIOUS SHOTS OF ACTIVITIES HAPPENING

HAILE starts sending commands to other things in the house, first the coffee maker, turns on the lights in the bathroom and gets the shower going, and slowly raises the lights in the bedroom to gently wake Jenna.

CUT TO:

BEDROOM

Chris starts to make his way to the bathroom as Jenna gets up and out of bed. As she does so, lights in the house from the bedroom that lead to the kitchen turn on.

CUT TO:

KITCHEN – SAME MORNING

Jenna walks into the kitchen, and heads over to the coffee maker, grabs a cup nearby, and starts to pour a cup.

CUT TO:

HALIE SCREEN

In one of the video windows, we see Jenna in the kitchen, moving towards the coffee maker and pouring a cup. As she does so, the activity monitor sends a signal to the flat screen by her.

CUT TO:

KITCHEN- SAME MORNING

As Jenna begins to pour her cup, the flat-screen display nearby turns on automatically to the morning news.

CUT TO:

BATHROOM-SAME MORNING

As Chris grabs a towel and gets out of the shower, the mirror de-mists and a built-in display behind the glass turns on with the same news station as well as displays an overlay of his schedule for the day, his most recent emails, weather, and current morning commute time. Chris takes a brief look at it, then gestures his hand in front of the display to turn it off. He heads out of the bathroom, gestures toward the bathroom lights, and they turn off behind him.

CUT TO:

LIVINGROOM- SAME MORNING

As Chris comes into the livingroom heading towards the kitchen, Jenna comes out of the kitchen. They exchange a morning hug, and then she moves towards a big window with window coverings (curtain or blinds). She gestures by putting her arms and hands out in front of her together, and then spreads them apart as if parting the red sea. As she does so, the curtains open wide to reveal the view of a city and mountains in the distance (or ocean?).

CUT TO:

KITCHEN- SAME MORNING

Chris is watching the news as he’s drinking his coffee and eating a bagel.

JENNA (off screen in other room)

Hey honey, can you see what it’s like outside? Looks like there’s some frost on the roofs out there.

CHRIS

Yep! Hold on.

Chris steps away from the flat screen and as he does so, the newscast pauses. He walks over to another screen in the wall and gestures. It comes on to show current weather as well as other information.

CHRIS

Yikes – 45 right now Jen.

JENNA (walks into kitchen)

That’s a bit nippy.

Chris sets down his coffee mug back by the coffee maker.

CUT TO:

HAILE INTERFACE

As Chris sets down his mug, HAILE sees this and sends a signal to a mobile smart system, MILeS (Mobile Intelligent LEarning System) in Chris’ car out in the driveway.

CUT TO:

EXTERIOR HOUSE- CAR INTERIOR/DASH CONSOLE

The inside of the car is both classic feeling as well as having an advanced touch screen in the center of the console. The console lights up, and we see “MILES” on the splash screen as it comes on. The interface is somewhat similar to HAILE, except designed more for mobile use. There are a few quadrants on the screen – activity, video on either side of the car, and front/back view. The activity screen shows the system starting the car as we hear the car fire up, turn on the driver’s heated seat, and adjust the temperature in the cabin.

CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE, FRONT DOOR – SAME MORNING

The front door of the house opens, and we see Chris holding some work related things, messenger bag with laptop, lunch bag and a few more items. We can clearly see his hands are full as he heads outside. Jenna, who wasn’t by the door moments ago, comes running out, he turns, gives her a kiss and heads off to the car.

CHRIS

Call me when you head out?

JENNA

Okay angel. Travel mercy.

He smiles and goes past the camera, headed to his car.

CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE, DRIVEWAY- SAME MORNING

We see the car in the driveway, a DeLorean, sitting there, engine purring. Chris looks at it, smiles, then realizes how much stuff he has and how he’d have to struggle getting in the car.

CUT TO:

INT. DELOREAN

From inside the car we see Chris approaching from the outside. The camera pans to the right to show MILeS, and something new happening on the activity window along with the video monitor of Chris getting closer. As he does, the both door automatically opens.

CUT TO:

EXT. DELOREAN, DRIVEWAY – SAME MORNING

As Chris approaches the DeLorean, the door opens for him. As he gets closer, he walks around the to the other side, and the passenger door opens as well. He puts his things in, closes the door, and heads back to the driver side, gets in and drives off.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE, KITCHEN – SAME MORNING

Jenna walks into the kitchen and grabs a set of car keys from a glass dish.

CUT TO:

HAILE INTERFACE

We see on HAILE’s screen Jenna grabbing her keys from the bowl. This triggers HAILE to open the garage door, and send a signal to Jenna’s car’s MILeS onboard, and prep it as the one in Chris’ car did.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE, FAMILY ROOM, SAME MORNING

Jenna grabs her things for work, and has an armful as well. As she approaches the door to the garage, it unlocks and automatically opens using a small inconspicuous motorized door hinge. As she enters the garage the door closes behind her.

CUT TO:

INT. JENNA’S CAR – SAME MORNING

We see a similar center console arrangement inside Jenna’s car as we did in Chris’. The interface for MILeS is the same – 4 camera views and an activity display all on the touchscreen interface. The front camera sees her, which triggers MILeS to open her driver door after she walks past it and the driver side camera. She heads to the back of the car, which triggers MILeS to open the back hatch. Jenna puts her things in the back, and walks back to the driver side. Her door opens, and as she gets in, the back hatch closes. She pulls out of the garage and as she clears it, the garage door automatically closes.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:

EXT.CHRIS & JENNA’S HOME, FRONT/DRIVEWAY- DUSK

We see Jenna coming home and pulling into the driveway.

CUT TO:

INT. JENNA’S CAR – CENTER CONSOLE AND MILES

As she pulls into the driveway, we see MILeS activity window, telling HAILE that the car pulling in is Jenna’s.

CUT TO:

HAILE INTERFACE

From the interface, we see that HAILE sees Jenna’s car coming in the driveway and getting the signal from MILeS. This triggers HAILE to open the garage door, as it knows Jenna always parks there.

CUT TO:

INT. JENNA’S CAR – WIDER SHOT

We see Jenna pulling into the garage from her vantage point with MILeS in frame.

CUT TO:

EXT. CHRIS AND JENNA’S HOME, GARAGE- SAME EVENING

We see Jenna’s car finishing pulling into the garage and turning off. Lights in the house come on.

CUT TO:

INT. JENNA’S GARAGE – SAME EVENING

Jenna opens the door and steps out, heads to the back to of the car to get her things and again, the back hatch automatically opens and then closes once she’s clear of the car.

CUT TO:

HAILE INTERFACE

HAILE sees she has her arms full and sends a trigger to open the door from the garage to the house.

CUT TO:

INT. JENNA’S GARAGE – SAME EVENING

We see the main garage door closing as Jenna is going into the house.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM

The curtains are closed. Jenna walks up, spreads her arms apart, and they open to reveal the city lights and view below in the distance. She then heads to the kitchen to get dinner ready.

CUT TO:

EXT. CHRIS AND JENNA’S HOUSE – DRIVEWAY

We see Chris pull up in his car, get out and head to the front door, carrying his messenger bag and some extra things.

CUT TO:

EXT. HOUSE – FRONT DOOR

As Chris approaches from the driveway the front door unlocks and then automatically opens for him. He enters and the door shuts, again by itself.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE- DINING ROOM

Chris and Jenna finish eating, and she gets up to put things away in the kitchen.

CHRIS

Need help?

JENNA

Nope. I’m good. Thanks angel.

CHRIS

How about a movie before bed?

JENNA

I really need to catch up on some reading tonight.

CHRIS

Okay baby.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE- MEDIA ROOM

Chris walks in, sits down on a big couch in front of the TV. As he does so it comes on by itself. He sets down a beer on the table in front of him, and the TV automatically switches to a sports channel.

CUT TO:

INT. HOUSE- STUDY

In the study sits a desk, nice comfy lounging chair and reading lamp next to it that’s OFF. Jenna comes in with a book, sits down in the big chair, and opens the book. As she opens the book, the light turns on as if by magic.

FADE TO BLACK

FADE IN

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM

We see Jenna looking out at the view from the big windows. Chris comes up behind her and puts his arms around her waist, the two enjoying the view. He gives her a kiss on the cheek, and she looks up to him. He heads down the hall to the bedroom for the night.

Jenna takes one last look, spreads her arms apart in front of her, puts them together as if closing the curtains, and they begin to close.

She heads down the hallway, and as she does, the lights in the house begin to dim one by one in sequence behind her as she heads to bed.

Fade Out:

The End

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