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Photos: Lighting up the digital home

Connections: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase takes a look at high-tech lifestyles.
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Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter, chief technology officer of Nearmedia, remotely dims a bedroom light at his Florida home with his Palm 700. At Connections: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase, Hunter demonstrated how his company's software, with help from chips from Echelon, can control a multitude of devices.

Nearmedia was among many technology companies presenting their products at the event, which took place this week in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Nearmedia software

Hunter demonstrates how Nearmedia's software, along with chips made by Echelon, can also remotely control music and blinds.

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Mark Fredrickson

Mark Fredrickson, spokesman for WiLife, which sells digital video-surveillance equipment, watches feeds from six cameras with his PC at the Connections conference on Thursday. The company's "starter kit" surveillance system sells for $299.

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Rich Blomseth

Rich Blomseth, a product manager for Echelon, demonstrates how a home network system works. He triggers a security light, turns on a fan and sends a text message to a reporter when he steps onto a designated area at the Connections conference.

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