July 2, 2008

The Digital Home of 2013 - We Don't Even want to Think About the Electric Bill!


Are you curious about the home of the future? If you are, you'll want to check out a lengthy article about the Digital Home of 2013 at TheStandard.com. The article starts out:

It's 2013, and you've just come home from work. As you pull into the driveway, you reach into your pocket and swipe the screen of your smartphone with your thumb. Your garage door opens and the lights in your house turn on. The TV queues up the shows you missed while you were working late. Your favorite songs are following you from the living room to the kitchen. Then you stop. The phone blinks and warbles at you. The fridge says you forgot the milk.

It's the HD/wireless/automated/streaming/sych'd/ready-to-entertain house of the future, and you're living in it.

In the following pages, you'll be treated to a glimpse of the toys and technologies that will grace your home in the not-so-distant future. If you are like most people, you probably have already sampled some of them, but others -- such as automated home control and personal applications of cloud computing -- haven't made it into people's homes ... yet.

The articles is broken down into the following categories.

  • Introduction: What your future really looks like: The Digital Home of 2013
  • 1. The Digital Home of 2013: High-speed telecommunications
  • 2. The Digital Home of 2013: It's an HD world
  • 3. The Digital Home of 2013: Gaming gets real
  • 4. The Digital Home of 2013: Reach out and touch something
  • 5. The Digital Home of 2013: Automated home control
  • 6. The Digital Home of 2013: Green goes mainstream
  • 7. The Digital Home of 2013: Welcome to the cloud
  • 8. The Digital Home of 2013: The rise of streaming media
  • 9. The Digital Home of 2013: Online distribution of TV, movies
  • 10. The Digital Home of 2013: Collaborating across town, and across the world
  • Sidebar: The castoff home technologies of 2013?

We told you it was a lengthy article but it's well worth the read.

At TheStandard.com

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June 30, 2008

Chrysler to offer Wi-Fi access in 2009 vehicles


Yeah, we know this isn't home audio or video related but we think it's just plain cool. Pretty soon we'll be able to tool down I-44 doing 70 while playing World of Warfare on our laptop (calm down, we're just kidding!). According to Yahoo:

Chrysler is adding a new in-dash system called UConnect to all its vehicles in order to bring Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration, satellite TV, and a mobile hotspot to consumers looking for more entertainment options. The Internet connection will be possible through a 3G cellular connection that allows download speeds of up 800 kilobits per second, and upload speeds of 200 kbps.

Passengers will be able to connect laptops, handheld devices, and even Web-connected gaming consoles, like the Nintendo Wii, provided they have an LCD monitor in place.

As cool as this is we're a tad worried about those idiots who shave and put on make-up while they drive (not at the same time hopefully). Just imagine adding a laptop into the mix. Are you scared yet?

At Yahoo.com

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