Silently in backrooms and golf courses deals are being penned to bring these capabilities to bear. Service channels are being developed and smart homes are cropping up everywhere. And while no one owns a crystal ball, the writing is on the wall. Historically, it is in moments of time like this when a smaller more agile player seizes the opportunity to capitalize on market uncertainty and devise a universal solution that slays the sleeping giants.
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This is the first of three articles that will each examine key trends enabling and driving the development of the Networked Home. The first article covers Science and Technology Trends, followed by articles on Market and Consumer Trends, and finally Social and Economic Trends. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged.
As a feasibility study, the demonstration system mainly contains two simple subsystems: HVAC and Light System. Other devices include smoke detector, clock, etc. All the devices can be found and manipulated on the TV screen with a remote controller.
System features are extensive and the voice recognition is very handy. You can set up all of your contacts so that they can be accessed by voice command. Most features can be accessed by voice or menu or keystrokes.
"This software will control what you want, when you want…very logical setup" ... Mr. Spock. ... you can have events announce themselves via text to speech as well as send commands using voice recognition. In addition, there is a web interface that can be controlled remotely via web pages ... you see pretty much the same interface ... very neat add on!
Consumers need proper wiring and components to link their computers together and to the Internet. Like power windows in cars, these features will ultimately be in every home built. If a security installer doesn't have the know-how and expertise to integrate a customer's security/home automation system, he is losing business.
The HomeRF Working Group is happy to report that our first shipping products, including Intel's AnyPoint and Compaq's Symphony-HRF product line, are receiving glowing reviews in the marketplace.
Neighborhood automation systems can be used to provide communities with news and information directly from local schools, merchants, and businesses. This can be anything from the local Little League schedule to arts events to a PTA meeting. In essence, networked neighborhoods can have their own intranets - electronic hubs where they are able to share information and reinforce their sense of community.
Customers can communicate directly with appliances, devices, and systems in their homes by going to a private interactive web page where clicking on service icons allows them to monitor status and change settings. Customers can also use any touch tone telephone to access services, messages or alarms.
"many presenters are looking beyond the technological breakthroughs, problems with standards etc. and have moved forward with plans for content. This will draw consumers across the market "Chasm" and into the mass market frenzy ..."
This device could give you some peace of mind by telling you that the garage door is closed at night. As we all know ... other family members are always the ones who leave it open. If you have to go outside to check every night the garage door sentry (at the reasonable price of $79.00) could be the solution.
The power of a home network is not solely the system intelligence experienced by the home owner while at home. It is the aggregate value of the cost, and time savings coupled with the value of new, revolutionary features experienced both inside and outside the home.
The future is actually here, now. Some CIC members have product available where you can actually control the blinds, lights, thermostat and security system in your home from a remote location such as a personal computer in your office hooked to the Internet or via your cell phone.
With powerline networking, you'll be able to put your desktop PCs anywhere you like instead of being forced to put them by a phone outlet. It will also be easier to buy and network other devices - printers, scanners, DSL and cable modems, TV set-top boxes, game consoles, screen phones and major appliances.
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