ORiNOCO USB Client

The access point or residential gateway, RG-1000 or any other 802.11b (Wi-Fi) compliant access point simply sends the radio signals to the USB Client. The USB Client receives them and transmits the signals to the desktop PC via the USB connector.

Smart Homes For Dummies

Smart Homes for Dummies is a great book for those who are interested in moving into the future of home automation and networking and are willing to spend a few evenings learning about what it is and how to go about the process.

D-Link DI-713 Wireless Network Adapter

The DI-713 works well with great potential in the Home as well as the Automated Buildings industry. The wireless range should completely cover small buildings and cover the complete floor of a large building when plugged into the LAN connection on each floor.

Audiotron Digital Music Player

The AudioTron by Turtle-Beach is nice affordable place to start for a Home MP3 Jukebox. This is a new technology and the Audiotron is one of the originals. As history has taught us, this technology will improve, and prices may drop ... but as for now AudioTron is a good choice for anyone who wants a Home MP3 player for a reasonable price ... now.

Connections 2001

Market studies still point to huge growth over the next few years but I feel that the honeymoon is over and it's time to offer some real value to consumers in order to bring them onboard. Once you experience a broadband connection you can never go back. If ever there was a "hook" to grab consumers and hold their attention ... this is it.

Dolphin Pocket Digital Camera

For $100 this is a great little toy ... with many uses. For example ... it took me about 15 minutes to take photos of every nook and cranny of our home for insurance purposes. I burned them onto a CD and now have a record in case of theft or fire.

Info Appliances

The business model in terms of total available market (TAM) for information appliances may have to be clarified.

The Trinexus TVPostman

From the comfort of your favourite lazy-boy, you can write e-mail from the wireless keyboard and still watch TV thanks to picture in picture viewing. You can't ask for an easier solution to stay in contact with friends and family.

Jefferson Project

The Jefferson Project is appropriately named for its goal of providing equal access to information and benefit to everyone in the community. The Jefferson Project merges easy-to-use in home Internet connectivity with a wealth of local content in a safe, familiar local website, where the users do not have to learn new technical skills or how to surf.

Nomad Jukebox MP3 player

You can organize play lists, change modes and adjust sound effects etc. without the need of a PC. The LCD window and menu are easy to follow and give you lots of options and control. There are jacks for external inputs and outputs so the Nomad can become a component of your entertainment system. EAX special effects are also available and provide some cool sound enhancements to the system.

The Energy Crisis Rolls On

If we all do even a little bit, it will make a great difference in the availability of our resources. With all these products here at X10, keeping those electric bills down should be the easiest thing you do this winter.

Ultimate Convergence

Ultimately, the consumer will win. The various technologies and functionalities will converge. Within the next two to five years, you'll see large deployments of residential gateways that will consolidate functions and deliver valuable services that are simple and affordable. You'll find you can be entertained, keep an eye on the kids' TV viewing habits from the office, control the pool temperature, and preheat the oven for dinner as you commute home - all with a single, easy-to-use gateway device.

X-Ray Vision Internet Kit

X-ray vision remote software can be downloaded from www.x10.com and used to view your camera images from anywhere via an internet connection. Just enter your home computer's IP address, type in your password and you are able to see the images from the remote camera ( updated every 10 seconds to 2 minutes).

Xemics iCAP

XEMICS XE8000 supports Internet Connected Appliances Protocol (iCAP). XEMICS has demonstrated functionality of Tetraedre(2) and emWare(3) protocols on its ultra-low-power mixed-signal XE8000 MCU. Both protocols are based on a Windows or UNIX PC used as server and then point-to-point connection between the server and appliance.

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.

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Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.