Your home, via Shell Oil

by Gordon Meyer

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I don't know if anyone has postulated a theorem like this yet, but if not please allow me to plant the seed:

Given enough time and money, all multinational corporations will eventually attempt to bring home automation to the consumer market, either directly, or in a partnership with a technology company.

The Shell Home Genie is the latest entrant in the race, with starter kits just under $900 and monthly-access at around $25. Professional installation is required.

What do you think? Are you ready to sign up?


2004-06-02 08:15:08
Mild Agreement
Home automation is definitely coming, but I think a third party will have to develop and promote a standard for different products like air conditioners, ovens, and garage doors. If every company tries to do it themselves the situation will be similar to having a separate remote control for the TV, DVD player, VCR, satellite box, and stereo.