With mobile phones getting ever smaller, and incorporating more and more technology, the latest generation incorporating GPS, Wifi, Infra-Red, Bluetooth, accelerometers, among other receivers antennas and chips. Add in the various functions these now perform such as MP3 Player, Radio, Email, Instant Messaging Programmes, and again the list goes on and on.
It’s now being considered that as well as all of the above, in the not too distant future your mobile phone, or something similar, could become the remote control for every appliance in your house. This is all thanks to a small device known as a Femtocell or Access Point Base Station. Basically this is a cellular base station which connects to the service providers network via a Broadband connection. The Femtocell itself then expands network coverage indoors where it would otherwise be lacking or patchy, perfect for your secret underground nuclear bunkers then!
The more forward thinking folks out there have postulated that since all house-hold appliances in the future will have their own IP address and be hooked up to some sort of ‘household network’ there is an opportunity to make a device, such as a mobile phone, that is the control centre of your house. With the ability to control lights, heating, kitchen appliances, TV’s, Stereos, and other items could it be a solution to the lost remote control syndrome?
There are of course the usual concerns from the doom-mongers such as the worry that this could see us put in a vulnerable situation if adequate security measures aren’t put in place. The possibility of someone being able to hack into your network for their own nefarious purposes is a worrying thought, but surely if we can secure our online bank accounts and even our wireless networks this can be secured as well?
Complete household control from the imprint you are sure to make on your favourite chair? Sofa dictatorship could go past merely hogging the TV remote, so sign me up!