Cisco and 12 partners in southern Vienna presented the first Internet-house in Austria. From the outside, the house looks like a normal prefabricated building. But on the inside, it is equipped with sophisticated Internet infrastructure. A Cisco Austria spokeswoman said the home is for sale for about $150,000. Similar projects are done by Cisco in Australia, France and Italy.
The building's central nervous system is the server on the ground floor. There are also notebooks in the kitchen and living room. From there, everything is controlled: You can send recipes from the Internet to the oven; you're able to watch a visitor at your front door and let him in; and a touch-screen on the living room gives people access to all of the building's functions. Over this screen is a webcam, so the world can watch. The owner is able to control the garden from his house as well.
Staff writer Martin Fiutak reported from Germany.