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Friday, Dec 03, 2021
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Blazing Remotes

A computer-controlled home, everything's perfect? Not quite.

Blazing Remotes
illustration by Jayachandran
Blazing Remotes
outlookindia.com
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Wouldn’t it be nice if the lights came on in response to your regal presence and went off when you disappeared; if you could flip a switch as you sleepily stretch in the morning setting off the coffee-maker; if you could control your home appliances from a universal remote; if you could buzz a switch on your car key fob that, on your arrival, sets off a pattern of lights and appliances that you can program on your PC; if you could observe your home remotely from work to check if your gardener is earning his pay or goofing off...the list is endless. You may think you’ll need Bill Gates’ income to have these wishes come true—but that would be incorrect.

But beware; the excitement generated by these exciting new toys could also result in some serious disharmony with those members of the household who don’t write ‘M’ in the sex column box. I myself got hooked while having a casual conversation at a friend’s home as he showed off his new acquisition. A not too expensive home automation kit that magically transformed home into fairytale land with remote switching that made channel surfing look tame. (A receiver module, receiving wireless commands, is plugged into an electrical outlet. Power cords from appliances are plugged into addressable modules, which in turn are plugged into wall sockets. The remote control commands accessed by the receiver communicates with the appropriate module, based on its address, through the already in place house wiring.)

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