Imagine a near future when just a single touch on your tablet or smartphone will start your coffee maker, lock your doors, turn on (or off) the lights and open a window.
Or maybe you would use the same gadget to answer the doorbell and talk to a visitor, even if you're half a world away. Or maybe you'd get an e-mail telling you when the kids come home from school.
all that and more is on the way next year. Called „Digital Life,“ the system is the telecommunications giant's entree into the world of home security, an industry the company says was ripe for some serious innovation. Digital Life will use sensors that assign individual Internet protocol, or IP, addresses to everything from a window to a refrigerator to, yes, a coffeemaker. Once linked up, they can then be controlled remotely by Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.