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Motorola Wants to Network Your Home

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, August 12, 2004

A name best known for cell phones, wants to network your home. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Motorola, the world's second biggest maker of cell phones, has been in the business of making set top boxes and cable modems for a while. Now it is launching a variety of consumer products…to network homes and use those connections for everything from home monitoring…to music and video. Senior consumer solution marketing director Bill Taylor….says products include new high definition home theatre systems and digital video recorders…

"We're focusing on three experience areas to help people stay informed, connected and entertained in their homes. And the home monitoring and control product, is a device that lets people stay informed about what's going on in their house. So it has things like windows sensors, door sensors, water and temperature sensors so that you can actually take control of things that are inside your house. You can do that remotely, from an Internet Web site…or even through your cell phone."

A broadband video phone…with a built in standard cordless phone is also on the way..

"I've been doing this for a long time now and this is the first product I've seen that's really delivering on the promise of full motion video capability through a video phone."

The OJO video phone should go on sale by the end of next month. The 700 dollar price could be a drawback…especially since there is competition. D-Link for instance sells the 200 dollar i2Eye video phone that uses a standard television screen along with a broadband connection.