Betting that within a few years every appliance we own will be hooked up to the internet, Nokia has announced plans for something called Home Control Centre. It's basically software that will let you control everything in your home from your mobile device, from the heating to the toaster.
I know, we've all been there - gone out with some toast in the toaster, and forgotten that you actually wanted it on browning level three, rather than browning level five.
More seriously, though, this also has energy saving implications. You'll be able to monitor energy usage from your mobile, and switch off anything that you don't need remotely. Plus there's a big convenience factor - preheat your oven 15 minutes before you arrive home, so you can just stick dinner straight in.
The only definite that Nokia has announced is some carbon footprint monitoring technology, from European energy firm RWE. That will use Wi-Fi enabled thermostats on each radiator. Nokia are promising to show this off in December at its annual Nokia World Conference. I wouldn't be surprised if we heard a fair bit more about the broader too then, too.
(via Reg Hardware)
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