The Jetsons might become a Reality soon



Remember the Jetsons? Thanks to apple, Google, Microsoft, and mobile handset vendors, their life style might be  a few years a way 🙂 Here are the first series of gadgets that are taking us to that direction:

1. Entertainment: Google TV: Starting with the first one Google TV that we covered last month.

Google TV integrates TV and web content to create one, smooth experience. The product is more robust than web TV or Apple TV, and it’s not just a browser or a guide. This device and software will let you search for and navigate both TV and online content. You’ll be able to download and run apps from your TV and control your TV from your Android smartphone.

Best of all, Google’s excellent voice-activated commands and searches work beautifully on this device. Looking at the videos below, you have to admit that the experience looks pretty intriguing.

2. Energy: PowerMeter

By using a device such as Current Cost’s ENVI and Google’s PowerMeter, you can make greener decisions by monitoring the energy you use. They can monitor the energy used by individual appliances as well as the total energy consumption of your household. It currently only monitors electricity, but the company is also developing the ability to track gas and other forms of energy. Its LCD screen displays your home’s energy consumption over a rolling 24-hour period as a bar graph. The ENVI can also calculate to the penny how much your energy use is costing you.

3. Chores: iRobot

Getting closer to the Jetsons life style J.  The Roomba made by iRobot made its debut in 2002; it has since been joined by the Verro pool cleaner, the Looj gutter cleaner, the Scooba floor washer and the Dirt Dog shop vac.

If you’re of a more technical bent, iRobot’s devices are also quite hackable and even have APIs for your programming pleasure.
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4. Audio: Sonos S5

The device is “the simplest, easiest way to get music into any and every room of your house.” Ringing in at around $400 per room, the Sonos S5 system is perfect for heavy iPod/iPhone users who want more and better access to their extensive iTunes libraries.

The S5 acts as a sort of speaker for all the music in the cloud, as well. It can pull down all the music on the Internet , including tunes from web-based services like Pandora , Rhapsody, Napster, SIRIUS, Last.fm and more than 100,000 radio stations and podcasts.

You can use your smartphone as a controller for your Sono system, and the Sonos rep also told us the company is shipping a brand new iPad Controller experience later this year.

I spare you with the iPad and iPhone which I am sure you all have heard enough of it.

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