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In less than five years, web appliances will become common in homes. In short, web appliances are devices like microwaves, refrigerators and heating-and-control systems that communicate via the Intern...


July 1, 2000  


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In less than five years, web appliances will become common in homes. In short, web appliances are devices like microwaves, refrigerators and heating-and-control systems that communicate via the Internet through both wireless and wired devices. These appliances will contain computer chips to make them Internet-enabled.

“It allows every-day devices to have Internet connectivity and be controlled remotely,” says Debbie Sexton, director of corporate communications for EmWare, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based maker of software that programs smart chips with communications capabilities. The software maker, which is working with such companies as Motorola, Phillips and Hitachi, has developed a communication technology called embedded micro internetworking technology, or EMIT.

Sexton says that leading appliance-makers like General Electric and Matsushita have developed prototypes which use the EMIT technology. Consumers can expect early versions of web appliances to hit the marketplace in less than a year.


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