YouTuber Avboden has a home automation system from 1985, and he recently created this video to show people how it worked. It actually has a pretty great UI, with touchscreen â€” and it even allows you to give commands from your 1980s ultra-modern, push-button phone.
Watching this actually begs the question of why we havenâ€™t come very far since this era. Sure, our interfaces have more than one color and the graphics are a bit smoother. But in terms of usability? This system actually works a lot better than some current smarthome setups. Look how intuitive it is!
The only thing thatâ€™s really changed is that now this kind of system is in reach for anyone who can afford a smartphone and some connected gadgets. Twentieth century systems like this, which were once hardwired into the house at great expense, have been replaced by off-the-shelf consumer electronics items, controlled by free apps for your phone.
But even the phone part hasnâ€™t really changed. Notes Avboden:
Fun fact: if it had the telephone board I could dial into it on any phone and give commands with the keypad. So in 1985, you could literally use your phone to turn on the lights.