We Want This: Cellphone-operated Home Control

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NTT-Neomeit's upcoming service for remote home control from the cellphone is something we want very badly. For just $4 a month, your cellphone can access a Web page that will control power switches, TVs, A/V equipment, lamps, A/C or just about anything. Why would we want this?

Just the scenario of turning off your radiator, heater, TV or A/C if you forgot to when you left the house should be enough. But how about turning on a rice maker when you're about to leave work to go home? Or turning up the heat in preparation for your arrival? You're sure to come up with even cooler applications yourselves.

NTT's cellphone-operated remote control home system [Pinktentacle]

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The cell phone part is the easy part! The hard part is getting all your appliances X10 (or whatever varient you chose) equipped. Also, does X10 report the state of the appliance? I've not messed with it, but I wonder what happens if you *think* you left the oven on, (but really didnt) and call home to turn it off? Does it toggle and come on (bad!) or does it remain off?