Photos: Accenture's home of the future

Photos: Accenture's home of the future

Summary: Consulting company is betting that tomorrow's households will be a lot smarter than today's.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Crib LCD

    The LCD screen in the crib lets parents keep an eye on children, and even have a videoconference with them. Accenture's crib also contains sensors that monitor heart rate and other vital signs. (Intel has a similar "smart crib" experiment.)

    Accenture doesn't make sensors but figures out ways to weave them together to form intelligent networks among ordinarily inert objects.

  • A window on the world? No, it's an LCD screen with curtains that offers a virtual view of the outside world, or serves up home photos from a PC. Just the thing you might want to brighten a basement, or perhaps the kitchen in a post-apocalyptic hideaway.

Topic: Hardware

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