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Home Systems: The Convenience of Technology

Jun 20, 2008
Home essential is improving the quality of life in this busy world. With the advent of technology, a lot of new gadgets and equipment are now being sold in the market in order to provide convenience and even security in our lives

A home is sometimes referred to as a place of refuge and safety. A lot of people also think of home as a place where they grew up. With the advent of technology, a lot of new gadgets and equipment are now being sold in the market in order to provide convenience and even security in our lives. One instance would be the JAWS software for computers. This software enables blind people to use the computer and even transact with other people online. Children who cannot read yet will also be able to browse the computer with the help of this software.

Other innovations would include the PS3 which is not only wireless it can also be used as a DVD player and utilized for online gaming. Its wireless feature allows you more space to move. Thus, heaters now can be portable and infrared based. These are the great things given to us by technology.

Another type would be Home automations. These are also called domo-tics which would pertain to the field for that specializes in the exact automation requirements of personal homes. This is also for the purpose of automation techniques used for the contentment and the security of everyone. Even though many techniques are used in the construction of automation (example light and climate control, doors and window shutters, security and surveillance systems, etc.) they are also used and can be accessed through home computerization, which are added functionalities. Aside from this, it also includes the management of multi-media home entertainment systems, automatic plant watering and pet feeding among others.

Every time a home automation system is installed during the construction of a new home, generally, the control wires are also added before the interior walls are being installed. These wires run to a controller, which will later control the environment.

In extreme situations, living and dining rooms can sense not only the presence of a person but would be able to know and detect who the person is. Thus, some appliances can also be automated these days. This would go for air conditioners, refrigerators, television sets, radios, and VCDs. Aside from this, more stylish systems can sustain an inventory of products, along with recording their usage through an RFID tag, preparing a shopping list or even automatically making replacements.

There are some practical implementations when it comes to home automation. An example would be when an alarm detects a smoke or fire condition. Automatically, all lights in the house will blink in order to alert occupants. In case the house is built with a home theater, a home automation system will shut down all audio and video components so as to warn the user of a possible burglary or worst, a fire situation.

The things that can be controlled inside the house are as follows:

1. Lights
2. Security systems and access control
3. Home theatre and entertainment

These are just a few things which can be controlled either by a remote control or via automatic control.

Benefits of Home Automation

* Convenience

We are used to controlling our Television set from the couch. There are also inventions who give us the power to soften our lightings in the house as well. You can now adjust the temperature of the room from your soft bed or control the volume of your entire house's audio system from one room to another. You don't even need to switch on the lights because it will automatically light up once you enter a room or a walk in closet. Your wall or ceiling heater can adjust its temperature according to the climate as well, making it warm during a cold winter morning. These are actually regarded as the conveniences we can use to our advantage.

* Safety

We're used to opening our garage door from your car, but you will be amazed how much safer you will feel when you go home to a lit home as you enter the driveway. You can also turn on additional lights via a remote control you can click even while you are a few blocks from your house. There are also software's now that blocks hackers from getting access to your confidential information, worse, your bank accounts. Smoke detectors will automatically warn you when it detects smoke from one part of your house. You can also have your security system call you instantly if there is an alarm coming from your house. These are just a few of the safety benefits we get from technology these days. We go home to a home that will securely protect us and our loved ones from harm.

* Fun

High-tech merchandise can also bring us joy and memorable moments with our loved ones. You can now play PS3 or Wii with other people who are online. You can read news about celebrities and play games using the internet. You can watch the latest DVD movie with you hubby or kids. You can experience a "Spa" environment right in your own bathroom. Whether it's for relaxation, for quality time or for the mere stress free environment you can have, technology can really bring joy to our homes.

Current Home System Models


1. MODEL: Apple MacBook MB403LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive) White


* 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3 MB shared L2 Cache

* 2 GB or 2 SO-DIMM with 667 of MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 160 GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm hard drive; SuperDrive with 8x the Double-Layer

* One 400 FireWire, with two 2.0 USB ports, VGA, DVI, S-video, as well as composite video (which requires adapters that are sold separately)10/100/1000BASE-T (Built-in) Gigabit Ethernet

* AirPort (Built-in) Extreme Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n)

* Bluetooth 2.0 (Built-in) + Enhanced Data Rate or EDR module

* Diagonal 13.3-inch glossy widescreen TFT display

* Has a resolution of 1280 x 800

* Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard

2. MODEL: HP Pavilion Elite Desktop PC M9040N (2-Quad Intel Core Processor Q6600, Hard Drive-640 GB, 3 GB RAM, Vista Premium)


* Multimedia desktop that is top-of-the-line and features an Intel Core of 2.4 GHz with 2 Quad Q6600 Processor with 4 execution cores that is lightning fast

* TV tuner (ATSC/NTSC), programming guide, PVR functionality, and dual-layer 16x LightScribe of DVD drive

* Dual 320GB hard drives (640 GB total), RAM-3GB (or 8GB max), 8400 Nvidia GeForce GS graphics (with approximately 1535MB of actual available memory)

* 54g Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g), Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0, two Firewire, drive bays available for HP Pocket & Personal Media Drives (up to 660 GB optional storage)

* Pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium (with Media Centre capabilities)

TV Sets:

3. MODEL: Samsung HPT5054 50-inch Plasma HDTV


* 1365 x 768 resolution
* 15,000:1 Contrast Ratio
* 18 bit colour
* Filter Bright 2 Anti Glare Technology


* 2 component
* 1 PC input

4. MODEL: Panasonic TH-50PX60U 50" Plasma HDTV


* HD-ready 52-inch plasma TV
* Measures approximately 47.6 inches (W) x 32.2 inched (H) x 3.7 inches (D)
* ATSC tuners, Integrated NTSC; compatible with QAM tuner with an unscrambled cable reception (HDTV)
* 1366 x 768-pixel resolution; contrast ratio is 10000:1; 3D motion adaptive Y/C filter comb
* Connections: 3 composite A/V (1 front), 3 S-Video (1 front), 2 component (Y/Pb/Pr), 2 HDMI, 1 SD memory card slot
* Two stereo speakers, 10 watts apiece (20 watts total)
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