01/05/2006: Thought for the Day:
Let's be careful about our definitions here. A vast array of digital technologies already exists in the home. Digital music players, DVDs, home networks, PCs, camcorders and digital cameras are all digital technologies. So in a sense, most homes today are "digital" in some sense. But the idea of a completely connected home, where your refrigerator, TV, PC, cell phone and content are all part of a networked whole, which is in turn connected to the global internet, is still a pipe dream.
All the technology ingredients exist today; though connecting the disparate pieces still isn't easy. But no one has come up with a compelling reason. I can't figure out why I would want to watch my DVDs in the kitchen while listening to music piped in from my PC. I don't know about you, but the idea of my refrigerator knowing the contents inside and ordering food automatically as I use it suggest that I actually know what I'm going to want to eat next week.
--Lloyd Case [on "the digital home", extremetech.com]
Len on 01.05.06 @ 04:47 AM CST