"The whole house operated with one hand" - Test: Living in the T -Com House

A remote control for the entire home - lighting, entertainment and communication, all in one hand: The T-Com House in Berlin demonstrates exemplary technology and is creating a lot of publicity for Home Networking.

A psychology student recently reported about his impressions from his "Living -Test" in the T -Com House.


At the beginning of this year, Roobin Golestan, a psychology student from Essen, was living in Berlin and working on an internship when he noticed the T -Com House at 13 Leipziger Street. "I want in!" thought the 27 year -old, with spontaneous enthusiasm for the idea of a digital, networked home. This wish has become reality: together with his friends, Golestan signed up to test living in the T -Com House at www.t -com -haus.de. His name was drawn and shortly afterwards he experienced the innovative comforts and conveniences of the High -Tech home. "You have countless entertainment and communication possibilities, all in one hand," he said, referring to his personal digital assistant (PDA). Modern communication solutions, entertainment devices and home -based technology - in the T -Com House, all of these things can be activated and controlled through clicks on handy PDAs. Meanwhile, in the background, technologies like T -DSL (an extremely fast internet connection) and WLAN (wireless data transfer) operate.

Golestan will certainly have fond memories of Mood Management. "It could even be for my mother, who's never owned a mobile phone. Just turn the cube instead of changing light bulbs, that's really something," he said, explaining how simple it is to change colors, music and pictures on monitors and video -screens to create new scenarios in the T -Com House. There are also great prospects for the Family Whiteboard: residents can use personal mailboxes from this electronic bulletin board to leave each other text -messages, videos, photos, SMS -messages and MMS -messages. Other conveniences: "Relaxing in a lounge chair on the terrace, using the PDA to turn the music on and causally waving to the sightseers - we felt like movie -stars," said Golestan about the passers -by who would stop and gaze at the house on Leipziger Street. "We went all over the capital, eagerly taking lots of pictures with the digital camera, and in the evening we sat comfortably and looked at the pictures on the flat -screen monitor in the dining room." The 27 year -old was physically active, too - on the treadmill on the second floor. Thanks to an integrated video -projector, T -Com House residents can jog along the landmarks of Berlin. "I'd really like to have that in my apartment."

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