Those Run-of -the mill home appliances that have not traditionally been viewed as network devices, such as refrigerators, lamps, and even backyard grills, will increasingly be Web-centric to exploit the potentialities of the Internet. When you give a common appliance an IP address and a network connection, it can draw from and contribute to a much larger pool of information, instantly taking utility of everything from resource sharing and remote access (Remote access is typically accomplished by directly dialing up analog or ISDN modems or via a connection to the Internet.) to device management services.Swimming pools and irrigation systems could envision rainfall and whilst cars could interact with home security systems or appliances from the road these new interconnections. At the heart of Internet-enabled appliances is the implanted server.
Lantronix, is targetting consumers with Lantronix Embedded Device Server, which allows you to assign an IP address and a Web page interfaced(computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals) to any type of device connected with one.Actually, the company has exhibited its prototype in an electric BBQ grill at trade shows around the world. According to the company, any device with a Web browser can check the grill and meat temperatures across any IP network. And even though no one is shipping a networked BBQ grill yet, Ariston Digital, a company based in Europe, offers the Ariston Margherita2000, an Internet-enabled washing machine. This front-loading washer has a small LCD screen for accessing information and the ability to send or receive messages and instructions through the companys Web site.Kerbango Internet Radio is an interesting Internet-ready appliance which has features like that they are stand alone, retro-style table top radio that that brings you tunes from local AM/FM stations or from an Internet tuner. This can happen if musics your thing. It plugs into a LAN with a fast Internet connection and can receive audio streams sent out from Internet radio stations. Another company, Axis Communications, delivered an appliance directed at the home and office with its Axis 2000 Network Camera. Give the camera an Ethernet connection and it can make its images available to any device with a browser at 10 frames per second. Similarly, NetBotz has encompassed the idea with its WallBotz and RackBotz devices, which observes aspects of your physical environment and report conditions examination an e-mail or pager alert, including temperature, humidity, smoke, and airflow. Finally, if your business relies on accurate timing, the TrueTime Time Vault network time server and the Lantronix CoBox network time server can provide precise GPS time in NTP (Network Time Protocol) format. Bluetooth and the Internet Home Alliance are also fueling the practical application and adoption of Web-enabled appliances. In 2001, the arrival of Bluetooth short-range radio technology and Bluetooth- compliant products should lead to more companies marketing home and office appliances.
Consumer electronics and technology companies must beat and come to joint agreement on these issues before consumers will ever be able to live the true Internet lifestyle. The Internet Home Alliance, which was announced in October 2000, is doing its part, too, and has combined tens of millions of dollars to foster home appliance interoperability, ease of use, and consumer education. Up to Know, the Internet Home Alliance includes retailers like Best Buy, CompUSA, and Sears, Roebuck and Co.; device makers like General Motors, Honeywell, Motorola, and Panasonic Consumer Electronics; and technology companies like Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, and 3Com.