In the future you could use the device to start the air conditioner or heating, lock the house doors, open the garage doors, open or close the curtains or simply start the coffee maker. The device could also interface with an intercom system, allowing you to answer the door, whether you are at home or not. You could also get a notification by email or SMS when the door is opened, such as when your kids made it back home from school.
While this may sound a bit too futuristic for some, it is actually not something out of Star Trek, but rather an improvement of technologies that already exist. Home automation and remote control technologies have been around for the last 20 years or so. Previously, before smart phones were in mainstream use, this home remote control technology used an actual remote control, similar to what you would have for your TV. The disadvantage was that you couldn't really control your home when you were away. Some systems allowed you to dial into the home control unit via a touch tone phone and control certain elements remotely, such as opening the door, turning on appliances, etc. However at that time, these technologies were very expensive and were therefore only used in some wealthy homes.
But now that home automation technology is becoming easier to use and cheaper, an increasing number of people may want to benefit from what it has to offer them. There are various types of home automation systems currently on the market. Some are very simple, and involve installing sensors on power outlets that let the power be turned on or off remotely. Therefore, you could control an air conditioner, coffee maker, lamp, etc. with your smart phone or tablet, as the device would be wirelessly linked by Bluetooth or WiFi. More complete systems exist, which require the installation of a central control unit and can be used to do more, such as opening up curtains, or controlling access to your home.
Even if these systems are now more widely available, there adoption is still limited mainly to those who love new technology. But this could change in the near future. Communications giant AT&T is planning on launching a product called Digital Life that will allow its clients to control their home from smart phones or tablets.
This could be useful for many types of clients. Those who have kids, for example, would know that they got home safely after school if you're not there. People who have elderly parents that are living alone, but may occasionally need some assistance, could use this as a means of checking up on them, as the system could also link up with security cameras and even be installed on a medicine storage container which could send an alert to know when it was opened, letting you know that the person has remembered to take their medicine.
This article was written by Phillip Presley he is interested in computer science and new technologies. He recommends that all companies consider integrating new Remote Desktop Software technologies into their business.
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