This demo room at the Intel IT Innovation Center in Folsom was simply amazing. This giant TV was hooked up to a Windows Media Center PC, and besides the basic entertainment stuff, they had all kinds of home automation demos hooked up to it.
For example, when someone rang the “doorbell”, the PC spoke, paused what you were doing, told you that someone was at the door, and switched to the surveilance camera so you could see who it was. It was running “OneVoice” voice control software, so you could speak commands to it, like “OneVoice, start slideshow International”.
It was very cool – I wish I had my video camera with me! Next time I will. Thanks to Phil to showing me around the place, and letting me hang out for the afternoon after my meetings. 🙂