February 2, 2013
Technology is meant to make your life easier, to adapt to you and your lifestyle rather than the opposite. And where could technology and connectivity benefit you the most? In your home. Gone are the days of wrestling with a high-tech gadget for 30 to 60 minutes just to program it correctly; the same gadget that was meant to help you accomplish a task 10 minutes faster. These days, technology had better work for you, or it won’t last long in this fast-paced world.
Gone are the days of technology being just for “techies.” The use of technology is so widespread and pervasive that it has become accessible to everyone. Suppliers have made their products more user friendly, more affordable and more available. Because of this, home connectivity — linking your home appliances, technologies and gadgets together for enhanced use and easy programming — has become an easier, realistic way to augment your life. With true home connectivity, all electronic functions throughout the house can be wired to a central command and connected to each other. Through this, programming, controlling and adjusting your settings and preferences for all devices, whether it’s the computer, the cable or the coffee pot, would be easy and efficient.
In the past several years several corporations, such as Corning, have been devoting some of their research and development into the concept of a Smart house. A Smart house is a house in which all appliances (microwave, washing machine, surveillance cameras, etc.) and environmental control elements (thermostat, lighting, etc.) are inter-connected and linked to the Internet. The workings of the entire house can be configured from anywhere in the world through the Internet.
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