Game players no longer have to install a CD or even go to the store to buy one. They can now just click on a button and almost immediately start playing a game.
I predict in another 5 years the majority of households will have switched to HD. Once you go HD you can never watch SD again. Kind of like being without a microwave, once you have one you can't live without it.
Smart technologies are about to transform how we live and interact with our homes.
To learn about how OSGi technology is driving this convergence, your best bet is to attend our third annual World Congress, which will be held this year in Barcelona, Spain on October 11-15. The web site is www.osgiworldcongress.com
As a founding member of Home Media Networks, Colin's aim is to change how people consume media in their home. Colin has extensive experience in the IT sector, and was one of the founders of The Internet Movie Database, sold to Amazon.com in 1998. Preamble: 'With reference to the Paying for BBC television service. Will there still be a requirement for a license-fee funded TV service in 15 years or will there even be a need for any broadcast services like we have today'.
Based on the technological advances and pricing models of VoIP telephony, traditional telephone dedicated line service will need to continue to evolve and show additional value to consumers in order to keep pace with VOIP development in the future.
I think the home theater industry is on the verge of significant growth, despite the current economic environment. This can probably be attributed to a number of factors, but perhaps the most significant is that people are choosing to travel less because of several recent world events and instead are investing in their homes and in forms of entertainment like home theater.
With a little help from smart-home experts Bob Hetherington and Bob Vila, you can install the gadgets and wiring to give your abode - new or old - an IQ boost.
We see digital music continuing to make its way into the mainstream. Once people experience the benefits that digital music offers, there is no going back. On the hardware side, hard drives will be everywhere - in your stereo cabinet, in your set-top box, in the car, and of course in portable devices.
The first pre-802.11g products are anticipated to be available in early 2003, although they may have interoperability issues with the eventual, final version of the standard. Pre-802.11g products will likely debut at prices fairly higher than what consumers can purchase 802.11b products for, so the question becomes how much of a premium will the market allow for these new, higher rate products?
Home API allows a software developer an easy way to discover controllable devices in the home, the control attributes of the devices (on/off, volume up/down, channel, time, temperature, status, etc.), and the current state of the device, and it provides the ability to modify or change the state of the device.
"I'm a small security dealer and I'm interested in getting into the Home Automation business. I've heard that these days many customers expect Home Automation to be part of a security system. I've noticed that X-10 seems to be the DeFacto standard when it comes to Home Automation but I'm wondering how I can find out more about the subject in general."
"The company has an astounding 100 million US installed base of home automation systems. This includes both modules, such as plug-in lamp or appliance modules that turn off the lights, and controllers, which turn something on via remote control, timer, telephone, computer, etc. Dave Rye estimates that about 5 million homes have X-10 modules."
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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.