At CES we saw Shell HomeGenie, a new home management system targeted to the entry level buyer, just getting acquainted with home control and looking for simplicity and affordability. It builds upon the increasing number of consumers who have broadband access, since such access is a prerequisite for the service. It promises to let "the homeowner stay connected to his home, at anytime and from anywhere Internet access is available."
Fiber To Every Home In Reykjavik: A Guest Article by Hjalmar Gislason (BBHR 12/14/2003)
Reykjavik Energy has ambitious plans: to connect every home in its area with a fiber connection. The results of their initial trial in 100 homes were shared last month at the Digital Reykjavik conference. In this guest article, a conference organizer says that if the rollout goes forward, Iceland will be "a living laboratory for broadband" delivered to a whole society.
Digital Dreams Meet Reality -- Creating a Simple Home Network (BBHR 10/20/2003)
Setting up a simple home network should not take twenty hours! When Dave volunteered to install one in his brother's new home, he had no idea how many seemingly easy things could go wrong. After reflecting on the experience, he concluded that there are some things we as an industry can do to improve this, as well as things the end user might be cautioned about.
During our June visit to Spain, Telefónica showed us their "Hogar Digital" and their trial of home-based health services in operation today with actual patients. This guest article provides an overview of the project’s goals and its conclusions to date. The application is based on an OSGi gateway in the patient's home.
A new category of consumer electronics products is emerging. Variously positioned as a personal video recorder (PVR) or digital video recorder (DVR), it's also appearing as a home audio center. In Sweden, it's appearing as a portable media recorder/player. It's growing into a home media server for all media.
From Blokks Comes Bokks: A Report from Sweden
Fulfilling the Vision of the Broadband Home - A Visit with Ucentric Systems (BBHR 11/14/2001)
We visited Ucentric Systems. One of the most ambitious companies in home networking, Ucentric sees the need for a "whole-home converged services" system: a common platform addressing all the family's networking needs for communications and entertainment. This includes the full range of services -- data, voice, audio and video -- and all of the current and future devices appropriate to those services.
Our talk provided an overview of home networking and home gateways. We used pictures of the wiring in our home to illustrate the complexities which need to be overcome by the industry to make the broadband home a reality for the mass market.
User Needs and Product Solutions in The Home Gateway" VON Fall 2000, September 12-14, Atlanta, Georgia PowerPoint presentation
Our presentation introduced a session on home gateways with a description of the user needs and the solutions venders were planning to include in gateway products.