CNET First Look
AT&T Digital Life protects your home, turns on lightsIntroduced at CTIA 2012, AT&T's Digital Life system can control appliances and protect you from intruders.
What it would look like if your carrier controlled not just your cellphone but in fact your entire home? I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET here at CTIA 2012 in the lovely Garden District of New Orleans where AT&T has set up a concept connected home that would control everything from your security to your appliances. Let's take a look. So, here we are inside the house where (??) to talk about some of the security features. There are a couple of things that happen. First, there will be physical sensor that are gonna go on the windows, on the doors, they're gonna look a lot like this. They're very sensitive. When you move them, two things happen. First, there's a physical response inside the house, whatever you programmed, the lights to go on and then program the strobe lights to go on, program the TV to blare or the radio to blare and that will let whoever tampers with your home know that you know that they are there. The second thing that happens is that AT&T is monitoring so they'll get an alert that something has happened to your house, they'll call the numbers on there and they'll send out a responder and dispatcher. There's of course an application component as well for Tablets and Smart Phone. On the application, you can see any security cameras you have. There are two in this house. You can tap on the security to change the angle of the camera and touch refresh to watch in real life. There are also a lot of other things you can do in this sitting room, there are also controls for the thermostat, so from here you can actually set the thermostat, heat it up, cool it out and let it go. So, now we're gonna study and we're gonna look at programs which is another thing that you can set up here. So, you can manually control the lights, you can control the TV, pretty much anything with an on and off switch, even in dimmer. You can also set up program so by pressing the program, like if you're gonna go on vacation or something, by pressing the program you can also control the radio here, the fireplace over here, and the lighting system all at once by pressing one button. So, here's how you do it, it's as simple as in this room and for the study, we've got a program already setup and it sort of like, well you know, you're coming in, you've got the music on and you wanna create a nice cozy atmosphere so you can relax with a book in the fireplace. So, you definitely want the music, you don't want the lights and you want the fireplace on, simply gonna press your program button to run. Now, it is gonna take a little while for everything to happen but as you can see, we just have a light fireplace. So now this room is ready for some cozy reading. So, this is your brief tour of AT&T's digital life connected home for security and appliances. Now the service will start in trial this Summer in Atlanta and Dallas. Until then we won't know anything else about pricing or availability. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. You can catch all of the other news from CTIA at CNET.com.