IEC (the International Electrotechnical Commission) has developed a new specification designed to allow various networked home appliances to communicate with one another, and with you.
The complicatedly-named Home Network Communication Protocol over IP for Multimedia Household Appliances specification really boils down to the possibility that various messages can be beamed from one gadget to another. Your TV could become a central message board for all your kitchen appliances to alert you when various tasks are finished.
Let’s just hope that the standard, due for publication in October and already being integrated into some appliances in Japan, doesn’t develop a mind of its own and cause your washing machine to send pictures of your dirty laundry to your PC for publication on Facebook.
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