I just placed an order for some hardware that will hopefully allow me to have greater control of my home environment.
The components sound harmless -- two switches, a plug unit, and a control box. I hope the installation is harmless!
As my dexterity and mobility decrease the need and desire to interact with my surroundings only seem to increase. When I rely on others for so much, it becomes increasingly empowering to be able to do things for myself...and bordering on miraculous when I can help others.
The setup will revolve around the control unit that will connect to a simple home network. A browser based interface will allow me to control switches directly. With some additional hardware, the system can expand quickly; lights come on when I enter the room, blinds close and fans turn on when it gets too hot...etc
Still, there's no guarantee that the installation will be easy, so we'll see how we get on with this small setup before trying to expand.
Watch this space!