Beyond X-10 The Future of Home Automation
Insteon, Z-Wave and Zigbee make a play for the home control space.
By David Dritsas
The Microsoft's of the world have been talking a lot about network homes, in which everything can be controlled over a high bandwidth network. While this is OK for PCs and some audio/video devices, it is not yet practical or financially feasible to make lamps and other "dumb" devices IP-addressable. Who needs a network card in an IKEA floor lamp?