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Imagine a future where you can control your home alarm, garage door, air conditioning, and even the lights in your living room from your smart phone when you're not home. Although that seems like it's an idea that's years away, it's already here.
If you were around back in the 60s and 70s, you may remember commercials and TV shows about the home of the future, where everything would be automated. Those commercials may be long gone, but the home of the future is finally here, with a new system just unveiled by Time Warner Cable.
We were able to get a sneak peek.
Disneyland Showed Futuristic Home
Walt Disney first brought us the "Monsanto House of the Future" at Disneyland in 1957, with automatic dishwashers, sinks that went up and down, and hi-tech wonders, like electric toothbrushes.
The future turned out a little different than what Disney expected, but it's finally here.
Kris Pedelty is one of the first people in Ohio to have a new system in her house called Intelligent Home, and she's in awe.
"I have three children," Pedelty said, "and doors are constantly opening, people are constantly coming and going, and this is a great way to keep track of what's going on in my house."
Full Control Of Lights, A/C, And Alarm
Technician Robert Kemper showed how your smart phone or tablet can remotely set your heat and air conditioning, plus your alarm, while controlling who has access to your house.
"You can control who is coming in and out different times of day," Kemper said. "If someone comes just in the morning, you can give them their own alarm code, and only in the morning it will work, not if they come by at night."
You can watch a video feed of your front door, back door and garage 24 hours a day.
It also keeps a log of every time a door is opened. Wonder if the kids left the home at 9 p.m., when you were out? It will tell you exactly when your front door or garage door opened.
You can even turn lights on and off, from anywhere. All Kemper did was tap an icon on his iPad, and the living room light turned on and off.
$39 A Month, Plus Equipment
Time Warner Cable will soon roll out this Intelligent Home System in most areas it serves. It is already available in many Time Warner Cable markets in California, New York, Texas, Kansas, and the Carolinas.
Other cable companies are watching, and may follow.
The cost is $39 a month, which is a few bucks more than a basic home alarm. Outdoor cameras will cost about $100 each.
This may still sound a bit farfetched to you, but remember that five years ago, smart phones were pretty farfetched to most people. Now, more than half of all American adults have one.
The future is coming, fast. Make sure you're aware so you don't waste your money.