updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue December 26, 2006
Best Buy $15K home system
Best Buy is planning to offer ConnectedLife.Home, a less expensive home integration system which will let users control media, heating and lighting from a central location, or even from the web. Users will buy the package from a retail outlet, which will contain an HP Media Center PC, Lifeware control software, an Xbox 360 for media extension, plus two wireless cameras, a thermostat, five dimmers, five switches, and two keypads.
The key to the cost is the use of powerline Ethernet, which replaces the custom wiring used in more elaborate home automation technology. Customers will have to install the dimmers, switches and keypads themselves, but will then be able to call a 1-800 number to have a technician finish the work. Best Buy is currently testing the system in Rancho Cordova, California, but expects the final package to sell for $15,000. Remote access to a ConnectedLife network will cost $20 a month. [Via CE Pro]