you remember that announcement about Zilog
working on home appliances that could connect to each other? There
was to be a Springboard module that allowed Visor owners to control all
of these appliances. We now have some new information on the Handhelper
Springboard module, as well as some of the appliances that you will be
able to control. I may have to buy a house just so I'll have an excuse
to use it all!
The end product is called Thalia
Thalia Products is a new company created by appliance maker Sunbeam
that uses Home Linking Technology™ (HLT)™ to allow appliances to communicate
via electric wiring or radio signals. What makes HLT special is that
no computer is needed for the HLT appliances to talk to one another;
the HLT appliances should be competively priced in relation to normal appliances.
an example of how Thalia appliances can work. Say, you normally get
up at 7:00 AM but need to get up at 6:00 AM for a special meeting, so you
change your TimeHelper™ alarm clock. This changes your entire routine
for the day. Other HLT appliances pick up on this change, so your
HLT-Smart™ coffeemaker that starts 10 minutes before your alarm goes off
changes itself to the new time. Your Sunbeam Blanket with a Brain®
electric blanket (that turns itself off 10 minutes after your alarm goes
off) also adjusts itself accordingly. So instead of having to adjust
three different things, you only need to change one.
Here are some other uses for the
clock which are listed in the company's press release:
When one of the HLT™ products needs
your attention – for example, if you forgot to put water in the kitchen
coffeemaker – the TimeHelper™ clock in your bedroom alerts you with a message.
And in the case of an emergency – when an HLT-Smart™ Sunbeam smoke alarm
sounds anywhere in the house – the TimeHelper™ alarm sounds at the bedside.
Not only does the Thalia™ TimeHelper™ clock “sound the alarm,” it also
displays the location of the active smoke alarm, helping you react appropriately
from the first instant.
A modem on the TimeHelper™ clock will
enable it to call out to the Internet during the night, so that when you
wake up in the morning, you’ll be able to read today’s weather forecast
on the clock face, or even read the morning’s news headlines.