Time Warner Cable offering service to provide 'home of the future'

Don't Waste Your Money

If you were around back in the '60s and '70s,you may remember commercials and TV shows about the home of the future, where everything would be automated.

Those commercials may be long gone, but the home of the future is finally here, with a system offered by Time Warner Cable.

Disneyland showed us a futuristic home

Walt Disney first brought us the " Monsanto House of the Future" at Disneyland in 1957, with automatic dishwashers, sinks that went up and down, and hi tech wonders like electric toothbrushes.

The future turned out a little bit differently that what Disney expected, but it's here.

Kris Pedelty is one of the first people in Ohio to have a new system called " Intelligent Home" in her house, and she's in awe.

"I have 3 children," Pedelty said, "and doors are constantly opening, people are constantly coming and going,and this is a great way to keep track of what's going on in my house."

Full control of lights, A/C, and alarm

Technician Robert Kemper showed how your smartphone or tablet can remotely set your heat and air conditioning, and your alarm, and control who has access to your house.

"You can control who is coming in and out different times of day, Kemper said. "If someone comes just in the morning you can give them their own alarm code and only in the morning it will work, not if they come by at night."

You can watch a video feed of your front door, back door and garage 24 hours a day.

It also keeps a log of every time a door is opened. Wonder if the kids left the home at 9pm, when you were out? It will tell you exactly when your front door or garage door opened.

You can even turn lights on and off, from anywhere. Kemper tapped an icon on his iPad, and the living room light when on and off.

$39 a month, plus equipment

Time Warner Cable is rolling out this Intelligent Home system in most areas it serves.

Other cable companies are watching, and may follow.

The cost is $39 a month, which a few bucks more than a basic home alarm. Outdoor cameras will cost about $100 each.

This may all still sound a bit farfetched to you, but remember that 5 years ago smartphones were pretty farfetched to most people.

And now more than half of all American adults have one. The future is coming, fast.

As always, don't waste your money.

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