Sometimes we stumble upon a smart home idea that while simple can have profound effects on a family's existence. Scheduling home functions has long been a staple of home automation - no news there. But using them as cues for family scheduling isn't all that obvious. My favorite such example is my family's 'time to leave for school' music, which fires at 7:33am every school day. Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean" comes on with its loud ticking clock opening and goes on to ask a question I find fitting as we embark for a day of learning: What Do You Mean?
Another example I like is that when the time comes to wind down the kiddos at night, we schedule the house lights to slowly dim 10% every few minutes. It's almost unnoticeable, but the cue works - quietly ushering the family to its next moment.