A 42-inch flat-panel screen in the living room, showing the film Bladerunner, uses no cathode ray tube, and no enormous box; just a huge picture on a thin screen, priced at $20,000.
Intel's Car-PC, meanwhile, is loaded with software that recognizes your voice. Give the word "radio" and it tunes in. Say "phone" and it dials a number. And when away from the house, IBM's prototype video doorbell is your butler. Ring the bell and a voice booms out: "No one's home, but leave a video message."
In the kitchen, the Cyberhome 2000 has a special scanner. Run it over a packaging bar code, and information pops up on a screen. The scanner tells you how long it will take to heat the food and even sets the microwave. It can also connect you to the food manufacturer's Web site, to pick up recipes online. If it's your last can or packet, the system reminds you.Reuse content