MSNBC envisions a brave new world coming quite soon owing to WiFi:
It’s 2006, after dark on a December day. You pause before pulling your car out of the company parking lot, flip open your PDA and tell it to pull up your home’s profile.
YOU’VE BEEN MEANING to reset the heat. You say: “Family room floor: 72 degrees by 4:30 p.m.; master bedroom: 70 degrees by 10 p.m.” Then, you do a virtual-check on dinner. Yes! The chops you marinated and chilled this morning soon will be baking at 350 degrees. Your home server already turned on the porch light at 5 p.m. and reminded your spouse to stop at the cleaners and cut off the cartoons at 5:15, switching the TV to the school’s Internet channel so that your kids should be–hopefully–doing their homework by now.
So, apparently, in three years, it’ll either be dark by 4:30 or else the kids will be doing homework in the cold. Plus, pork chops won’t spoil when left in the oven all day and they’ll cook themselves in the time it takes to commute home. Wow!
Of course, my thermostat is already programmable now from a keypad, which strikes me as more convenient than using a PDA is the parking lot. . . .