“Intel Labs said the software will enable wireless phones and handhelds to control home networks using Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology, which enables PCs and smart devices to automatically connect with each other and share information. The toolkit integrates UPnP technology into wireless devices, enabling to control compliant devices in the home such as compliant local area networks and other devices such as home control and multimedia systems.
'With UPnP technology, users will be able to easily access important data, music, video, photos, and control home appliances via a home network and a variety of wireless devices,' said Shane Wall, director of Emerging Platforms Lab, a part of Intel Labs….
UPnP is a TCP/IP-based technology that offers what proponents claim is pervasive peer-to-peer networking.” [allNetDevices Wireless News]
And I thought information is promiscuous now! I can't wait for the day when I can access all of my digital data and entertainment wirelessly anywhere in my home. I know there are lots of security and privacy issues to overcome, but the vision is solid. I wonder what the interfaces for this functionality on cell phones/PDAs will look like….
Plus, we have one of those phone systems that runs over the power wires in the house, not the phone jacks. Using this technology, it'd be much easier to find a remote!