Could your mobile phone become the ultimate all in one remote?
While the world’s most successful handset manufacturer may have cashed in its chips in Japan, it seems Nokia has refocused on the rest of the world with some gusto…
The feisty Finnish giant has announced ‘Nokia Home Control Center’ – a rather neat (if potentially fraught with holes) concept that will allow a user to operate all their home electronics, security systems and even heating via their mobile phones.
Yes, I know you’re seeing the warning lights already (someone stole my phone, now my entire home is at risk, etc) but Nokia is deadly serious offering an open platform with a Linux 2.6 kernel as the UI with Z-wave or security radio employed to communicate with alarm systems, webcams, TVs, central heating and more. Nokia has also partnered with energy behemoth RWE to get this tech into boilers and even radiators.
Home Control Center will get its first public airing at Nokia World in Barcelona on 2 December and will (hopefully) reassure us over the many sticky issues it raises. Perhaps the biggest one of which is: in the future we’re all clearly going to be very fat indeed…