Microwaves that are online banks, intelligent fridges, coffee machines that understand your wake times, PCs that answer your phone - and all talking to each other.
This is what giants such as Microsoft and Intel together with small US start-ups have in mind.
At the Comdex show in Las Vegas last week the big buzz around the show was home networking and linking up gadgets to make our lives easier. As more and more homes get more than one PC, the next logical step is to link them up, along with our other home appliances, according to technology visionaries.
US start-up Sharewave, for example, was showing off its wireless technology, which it uses to link devices in the home. The company believes that technology has to be adapted to human ways and our familiar environment, and not the other way around.
Sharewave might just be right. Nearly 20 million homes in the US already have more than one PC. The PC is already the most prevalent piece of technology in the home after the TV. According to market research company Market Strategies 86 per cent of these multiple PC homes has one computer linked to the Internet.
The industry is taking home networking very seriously. Intel, which is one of the investors in Sharewave along with Microsoft, recently introduced a processor that will enable consumers to create a network in the home via phone lines.
3Com has joined up with Epigram to develop home networking products, again using phone lines.
At the same time, Sharewave has teamed up with Philips Electronics. The electronics giant will use the start-up?s wireless technology in a ground breaking product called Ambi, which will turn a TV into a terminal establishing a high speed digital wireless connection between a PC and a TV. Consumers will be able to surf the Internet and run programmes on TV terminals anywhere in the home.
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