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PSP takes over home

To date, PSP hacks have mostly been a sorry little collection of tricks that confirm the sleek little game player needs a proper Web browser. But you've gotta be impressed with hacker LiquidIce's hijacking of the PlayStation Portable's built-in WiFi receiver to turn the device into a universal remote control.

Using a home automation server, basic PhotoShop skills and an ungodly amount of spare time, LiquidIce gave his PSP a rather elegant interface through which he can control his DVD player, HDTV set and TiVo, as well as turn lights on and off.

"My next step is to add some temperature monitors," the page cryptically states, raising our hopes that the PSP could also become a beer management device.