The development of new tech-based products and systems has given rise to new ways to do business. Moreover, continuous drops in prices of these products and systems as well as their increased versatility have made integration of traditional gadgets possible. Merging devices has resulted to flexible, multi-functional business and/or entertainment systems that are capable of sharing, retrieving, and transferring digitized information among devices – and they do so with utmost control, convenience and security.
A new tech-based segment in the market is gaining more popularity in businesses and households because of its simple yet flexible applications; functions that could change the way people communicate, transfer information and enjoy the comforts of their home are being developed.
Digital home is a term that refers to a system where data and information storage, sharing and transfer (using networks of various devices and computers) exist. It is usually comprised of three main components: the servers, the players, and the controllers.
Servers are used to store, maintain and retrieve data and information when needed by other components. Players, on the other hand are used to display, stream or render information in usable form. Controllers are used to locate contents, command a player to play or stream a certain file and control the manner the players do such tasks.
By using the combined functions of these three components, new end-user products are being formed and developed. Today, home networking lets people transact business, send data and information, save their favorite movies in a computer (and play it on their TV), and customize the way they enjoy the comforts of their home.
How It Works
Every digital house has a significant amount of technology that controls, regulates and facilitates its functions. Different components of a digital house require different forms of technology to let them do the task for which they have been designed. Apart from that, technology is also required to integrate and connect devices.
Digital homes can be designed with simplicity and still be flexible enough to let users add other devices with ease. Storage devices store files; maintain a database, file directory and home network connections; and make stored files and information available on demand. Players retrieve information from the servers, process this information and then turn it into something consumable. Controllers, meanwhile give users a way to control what information is retrieved and how this information is processed.
The manner by which storage and rendering are done and the way controllers are added is controlled by the Universal Plug and Play. On the other hand, establishing and maintaining links among these three components is facilitated by the networking system employed.
Using this design, an unlimited number of devices can be linked and integrated in a digital home. Accordingly the extent by which digital home technology is utilized is expected to increase.