Social Trends

In this last of a three-part series, I will explore some of the Social and Demographic trends that are driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covered Science and Technology Trends, and the second focused on Market and Consumer trends. As always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

A Shared Vision

The ETI Alliance members understand that no one company can provide all the elements necessary for every device networking solution. That's why the ETI Alliance includes leading businesses from numerous industries. Leading microprocessor and microcontroller manufacturers are members of the ETI Alliance, as are the makers of database, network management, ERP and vertical applications.

Alphabet Soup

So how do we stay afloat in this sea of acronyms? We all gather, organize and analyze information in our own unique way. But there are a few common techniques you can use to help separate fact from fiction, meat from gristle, hype from news…well, you get the idea. Here's my version of the RAAT (Redundant Acronym Analysis Tool), a series of questions you can ask yourself to help you qualify a new acronym.

IR543AH IR Device

For most people with a comprehensive X10 setup this device is an absolute god-send! The ability to operate any of the 256 unique X10 codes from your armchair is superb. The unit will also mean those people who already have an IR distribution system in their home will only need this single unit to control X10 devices from any room in their property.

Largest HA Project

Utilities around the world are realizing that the on-going deregulation of their industry requires them to step up and offer new and dynamic services that differentiate their offerings from their competitors. Another enabler for the service-driven model of the Digital Home® is the undeniable and constant trend toward cheaper and faster broadband pipes into the home.

Networking Trends

This is the second of three articles that examine key trends enabling and driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covered Science and Technology Trends while this one discusses Market and Consumer Trends. The final installment will address Social and Demographic Trends. As always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged.

Orinoco RG-1000 Residential Gateway

I must admit this is my first good experience with wireless networking so I'm pretty hyped about the convenience. There may be better or cheaper systems out there that I haven't tried yet but as far as I'm concerned the RG 1000 does the job that I need to get my work done every day ... and that's what is most important to me at this point. It's definitely a keeper.

RG's Save Energy

The residential gateway offers a window of intelligence about your home. With tangible and specific feedback on your own energy use, you're more equipped to make changes that have a bottom line result. For example, if you know exactly how much it costs to run a hot tub in the winter or to keep the air conditioning on full blast when the family is at work, you are likely to make some smart, cost-cutting choices.

Which One Should I Use - Part XV

Two-Way Receivers with Direct Dimming and Scenes.

CEBus Parable

SCP products will probably not be commercially available until sometime in late 2001. However, not to worry, a plan is in place to insure that the CEBus/Home Plug & Play products that you buy today will integrate and interoperate with the SCP products you may buy tomorrow. You can expect that SCP products will offer a whole new world of possibilities and features.

CEBus Products from EGi

EGi (Emerald Gateway International) has been creating products using CEBus technology since 1996. In that time, EGi has built a reputation for creating visionary products and, along with parent company DSC, is establishing itself as a leader in bridging the gap between home security and home automation.

D-Link DI-701 Broadband Gateway

For only $99.00 for the DI-701 you will gain very effective protection and it also has a very fast install. The worry about being hacked into is real and if you want to see, as I did, load up some intrusion detection software and you will discover that there are people scanning and looking for easy vulnerable prey. Don't be one of them.

D-Link DSC-350

The camera works great outdoors, but needs a bit of light indoors (no flash). It has a simple light level meter on the top and the shutter speed is from ¼~1/2000 second. As well it has a self-timer and a multi picture mode. A manual focus ring goes from 1-1/2" focal length (miniscule) to infinity, so you have to know the distance to your subject. Most the time I set it at infinity.

Energy Gateways

Because it has access to all devices and appliances in your home, a smart gateway can apply pre-programmed guidelines to prioritize, cycle, and alter set-points to bring energy output down to pre-established levels. It can also send you warnings or alerts, giving you the option to override the system and make your own choices about what to do.

FCC Decision Bolsters HomeRF

For HomeRF, the FCC decision, while a long time coming, is a major victory. Without a positive decision there was a real possibility that HomeRF would have been fatally caught in a pincer movement between IEEE 802.11b's higher bandwidth and Bluetooth's lower cost.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection