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"I'm a fairly visual thinker. In doing science, I think in terms of pictures of things happening, and then do the mathematics."
- Gregory Benford

Senso-Cells  
  Sensors that recorded personal characteristics of the owners of a house, to better serve their needs.  

The remarkable psychotropic houses of Vermillion Sands were able to reflect the most minute psychological quirks of their owners. They did this with plastex, a flexible plaster; but they needed input. For this, the senso-cell was used.

Leisurely I retraced my way through the lounge and bedrooms, scanning the empty floors, running my hands over the smooth plastex walls, bracing myself to feel again the impact of Gloria Tremayne's personality. Blissfully, her presence would be everywhere in the house, a thousand echoes of her distilled into every matrix and senso-cell, each moment than anyone, apart from her dead husband, could ever know.
Technovelgy from The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista, by J.G. Ballard.
Published by Amazing Fact and Science Fiction in 1962
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You need some sort of compromise between a totally reactive house and the "non-responsive houses of the past:"

The first PT [psychotropic] houses had so many senso-cells distributed over them, echoing every shift of mood and position of the occupants, that living in one was like inhabiting someone else's brain.
The most commonly used sensors in homes are probably the thermostat (to keep the house at the temperature you want) and motion sensors. Motion sensors are being used for more than burglar alarms; they can also be used to turn lights or music on and off.

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