There's a wealth of apps available in Apple's iTunes App Store. And some of them are more than just fun, they can help predict the future of technology. Read on to find out.
iPhone and home automation
Apps: iPhone Home Controller 2.0, Smarthome
Imagine being able to read the contents of your fridge by glancing at a list stored on your iPhone; dimming the kitchen lights with a gesture on the touchscreen; and finally being able to determine beyond all doubt that you did, in fact, turn the iron off.
As we march into the future, there is an emerging marketplace for mainstream hardware that bridges the gap between the iPhone and household appliances. While direct-connectivity options built into appliances are the next logical step, there are currently third-party options that enable home automation for existing homes.
Be warned, however; home automation is getting better, but it's still all rather geeky and niche, complete with dedicated online forums run mostly by über nerds who are to regular nerds what nerds are to normal people. If you're still curious after that caveat, there are a few sites that offer complete solutions, including Smarthome.com and the iPhone Home Controller 2.0.
For examples of home automation via the iPhone, the Smarthome site even offers a web video that demonstrates dimming lights, turning on and off sprinklers and adjusting temperature. It also shows the ability to monitor all of the actions remotely using an IP-based web camera.
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