Install Now- Are we happier?
Remote control emerged and by 1978 it took a new step when Pico Engineering patented the X-10 protocol. Another remote control system also came along in the early years of electronics. For many handheld remote applications, the new infrared (IR) transmitters made simple line-of-site remote control more practical and reliable.
And I think I am safe in saying that everyone reading this has at least one computer in his house right now. Many of you have at least two computers. That new Pentium 4 with the CD-RW/DVD drives and cable modem are the features you use. Your old one, the 1.2GHz PIII with the slower CD-Rom drive and 56K modem, has been relegated to the basement to run (you guessed it) your home automation system. That home automation system is most likely comprised of a lot of X-10 stuff, and possibly interfaced to your Vantage or Crestron system. Many of you also have interfaced your system to include IR control of your stereo and perhaps the home theater. A few of you have even connected it to your alarm panel.
So we are back to the two questions posed by Palmer Joss, "Are we happier?" Is the world fundamentally a better place?" If I may, I would like to address, as best I can, the second question first.