The iPhone As a Universal Controller


iPhone universal controller

Last week, AT&T announced that they are working on ways to use the iPhone as a remote control for their Uverse high speed internet / cable system. This strikes us as a great potential area for iPhone integration. As mentioned before, we love using the remote app with the genius feature to drive our home stereo. Its now clear that someday we will use the same device to control our cable / DVD / apple TV stack.

"We're looking at the whole landscape, of what people use, and what's out there in the home," said AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan, adding that some of the services may be launched by the end of the year.

The idea of the iPhone as the central switch for the intelligent house makes sense. On the home security front, iControl (one of the 4 kleiner Perkins iPhone funded companies) is already talking about "Home Security 2.0" where the iPhone can be used to monitor and activate/deactivate alarm systems.

Baby/Nanny monitoring has become a big business, and with the iPhone in your pocket at all times, the idea of being able to checking on your child at any moment could well be a killer app. Someone should figure out how to connect the iPhone with an array of webcams, and re-invent the x10 system of 1999, which was one the most successful offers ever sold on the internet.

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