Home Automation Via Your Mobile Phone
from the that's-one-useful-little-device dept
Everyone's been trying to work out what the holy grail for home automation is for years, and nothing really seems to catch on. Over in Japan, they're now going to test out a system of using your mobile phone for home automation. However, beyond just controlling your lights and appliances via your mobile phone, they're really trying to add in additional useful features that recognize the fact that you can access "your home" from anywhere. So, they'll let you set up your PVR system to record a show and then broadcast it to your mobile phone. They'll also let you view security cameras in your home if a motion sensor trips the alarm. Who knows if people will actually find these useful, but it is another sign of convergence, where certain technologies that have been tried and failed before receive new interest by combining it with some other technology. Meanwhile, in somewhat related news, it turns out that Opera is trying to offer a similar application for controlling your own TiVo/PVR via your mobile phone.