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Gadget Guru Builds High-Tech Haven

CmdrTaco posted about 12 years ago | from the house-of-tomorrow-today-or-something dept.

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Alexander Burke writes "In the 27,000-square-foot Carmel, Indiana home of Scott Jones, head of Escient Technologies, fireplaces ignite and drapes close on demand, televisions appear as if by magic and the ceilings play music. Touch-screen panels throughout the house run lights, security, heat and cooling systems, and video and audio libraries. Speakers are embedded in the walls and ceilings behind the plaster. The home includes a movie theater that seats 20 and has a wine cellar accessible only by fingerprint scan. Ted's outfit brings us more information."

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woo-hoo (-1)

trollercoaster (250101) | about 12 years ago | (#4188776)

i like it

n/s (-1, Offtopic)

U R TEH SUX (605335) | about 12 years ago | (#4188779)

n/m

Fates (1)

tilleyrw (56427) | about 12 years ago | (#4188785)

What will Martha Stewart do now?

Another home automation project, in the UK (2)

matt_wilts (249194) | about 12 years ago | (#4188802)

Black Firs [blackfirs.com]

Re:Another home automation project, in the UK (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4189035)

what a fucking atrocity - all gadgets and no performance judging by his use of plasma screens and in-ceiling speakers. such a shame. And Win NT on his webserver too!

Re:Another home automation project, in the UK (2)

matt_wilts (249194) | about 12 years ago | (#4189290)

I know what you mean, I was similarly dismayed by the dangling cable from the plasma screen.

Shoddy.

Re:Another home automation project, in the UK (3, Funny)

pubjames (468013) | about 12 years ago | (#4189177)

[links to home automation project]

Hey, that house has some stuff worth pinching. Nice of you to put some photos on the web - make planning the job much easier.

I've emailed the link to my good friends Dodgy Dave and Mental Mickie.

Speakers in the walls... (1)

Crackez (605836) | about 12 years ago | (#4188809)

I wonder if he's using soundbugs?

This thing is so cool... (-1, Offtopic)

glomph (2644) | about 12 years ago | (#4188812)

that your tongue sticks to it.

Scott's Personal WebSite (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188816)

Scott Jones' Web Site [scottajones.com]

p.s.

You should see his "technovan"

Re:Scott's Personal WebSite (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4189168)

it's just so.... FUCKING UGLY

bad taste American style - the worst there is!

Re:Scott's Personal WebSite (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4189293)

and another thing - judging by the look of the "Jones Boys", he's got (or HAD, didn't see her in any of the pics...) himself a mail-order bride. Nice one, Scott. His portraits would seem to indicate he's one of the world's smugest twats. Dear oh dear. Remind me to never personally enrich this fucker.

Re:Scott's Personal WebSite (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4189329)

and ANOTHER thing:-

When you are an inventor, community leader, philanthropist and entrepreneur, every minute of your day is valuable. Even with a magnificent home full of modern technology and a state-of-the-art corporate center, Mr. Jones still needs to be plugged in at all times, even during road trips.

...what a CUNT!

Doesn't (1)

oval_pants (602266) | about 12 years ago | (#4188821)

Mr. Gates have something like this? If you have enough money all of these things are possible.

Re:Doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188840)

Gates' stuff doesn't work. They have to keep improvising when they install stuff and they can't make it work. Typical Microsoft. What do you expect? Mrs. Gates was the Product Manager for "Microsoft Bob".

Re:Doesn't (-1, Troll)

hype7 (239530) | about 12 years ago | (#4188891)

Gate's runs on Windows though. You have to go through half a dozen dialogue boxes to flush the goddamm toilet.

-- james

Re:Doesn't (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189001)

Imagine for a moment, you are a billionaire. Now, imagine for a moment a large windows cluster of unstoppable stability in the safety of your very own home. Mr. Gates is brave man indeed.

Re:Doesn't (2, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 12 years ago | (#4189107)

Yeah but his house has to be rebooted every week and the furniture reinstalled every season and he must keep all the receipts or he will be evicted.

speakers (2, Funny)

ender's_shadow (302302) | about 12 years ago | (#4188833)

I wonder about the quality of the sound from the speakrs, given that they're behind plaster and all.

Re:speakers (1)

Gerald (9696) | about 12 years ago | (#4188922)

I wonder about the quality of his plaster, given that there are speakers vibrating the heck out of it.

Re:speakers (1)

N3WBI3 (595976) | about 12 years ago | (#4189005)

I would guess you would get ok long wave low freq stuff but the high stuff 1)either sucks or 2) he has them aranged near a vent..

Stocks Plunge in Morning Trading (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188837)


Tue Sep 3,10:28 AM ET

By HOPE YEN, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street pulled back sharply in early trading Tuesday as a lower-than-expected reading on manufacturing activity disappointed investors.
delayed 20 mins - disclaimer
Quote Data provided by Reuters

In early trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 246.70, or 2.9 percent, at 8,416.80, after declining 2.4 percent last week to break a five-week winning streak.

The broader market was also lower. The Nasdaq composite index declined 38.25, or 2.9 percent to 1,276.60, after falling 4.8 percent in the previous week to end three weeks of gains.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 27.29, or 3 percent, to 888.78, following a drop of 2.6 percent to end a five-week run higher.

The Institute for Supply Management said its index of business activity remained steady at 50.5 in August, below analysts' expectations of 51.8. An index above 50 signifies growth.

Analysts say investors were intently watching the release of several economic reports this week, including the ISM report, as they seek evidence that the recovery is continuing now that accounting scandals appear to be fading.

Last week, the three major indexes fell in thin trading before the Labor Day weekend on a spate of mixed economic reports as well as profit-taking following five straight weeks of gains on Wall Street.

Early decliners on Tuesday included companies with reduced outlooks or downgraded shares. Intel dropped 62 cents to $16.05 after Lehman Brothers reduced the computer company's third-quarter revenue forecast, citing poor demand. Ford dropped 47 cents to $11.30, and Citigroup declined $1.83 to $30.92, both on ratings downgrades.

IBM fell $1.74 to $73.64, on news that it may have to cut 4,000 jobs once it completes its acquisition of PricewaterhouseCooper's consulting arm, according to The Wall Street Journal.

On the plus side, UAL rose 25 cents to $3.12 after the company named an aviation newcomer to become the new chief executive of its United Airlines unit, replacing interim CEO Jack Creighton.

Declining issues outnumbered advancers by 7 to 2 on the New York Stock Exchange ( news - web sites). Volume came to 147.08 million shares, compared with 100.40 million shares at the same point Friday.

The Russell 2000 index, which tracks smaller company stocks, fell 8.47, or 2.2 percent, to 382.49.

Overseas, Japan's Nikkei stock average finished lower 3.2 percent. In afternoon trading in Europe, Germany's DAX index was down 2.7 percent, France's CAC-40 fell 1.5 percent, and Britain's FTSE 100 declined 2.1 percent.

Why can't people read the article before posting! (-1, Offtopic)

billnapier (33763) | about 12 years ago | (#4188842)

First slashdot post I've read in a while where you can't yell at someone for not reading the article before posting. The summary says just about everything the article says.

IP address (-1, Offtopic)

TrueKonrads (580974) | about 12 years ago | (#4188845)

I wonder what's his ip address... there And now the password ... *god* ... there Now let's see if he has any naked females in bathrooms

Re:IP address (-1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | about 12 years ago | (#4188909)

IP address : 209.242.124.241 [209.242.124.241]
Password: none needed if accessed through port 80

cnn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188852)

i saw this on saturday on the cable news network. this guy has cameras everywhere and can even look at them over the internet. if you come to his house and need to get in for something or other, he can even unlock the doors over the internet. he can look at the camera, see that it's you, and remotely unlock the door. of course he can see everything you're doing when you're inside so you better not steal anything.

--
ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US

HEY JERKOFF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188937)

ALL YOUR SIG ARE BELONG TO 2001.

--
Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Where's the beef (1)

GigsVT (208848) | about 12 years ago | (#4188853)

Everything mentioned is pretty much 20 year old technology.

I guess this is one of those stories where you are just supposed to drool and say "wow".

Re:Where's the beef (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4188978)

too true. Not that it's ever stopped these ludicrous stories before. We have IP webcams at work too, big fucking deal - Axis webcams only cost about $300 and they have a built-in webserver running Linux!

More information? (3, Insightful)

image (13487) | about 12 years ago | (#4188855)

> Ted's outfit brings us more information.

More information? Hardly. That article was 278 words long, including headline and byline. The slashdot synopsis just about covered the entire thing.

No wait, let me quote it here (it won't even overflow a slashdot comment):

By Jeff Flock, CNN:

Scott Jones' home is 27,000 square feet of both showcase and laboratory for the technologies he develops. He's his own lab rat.

Touch-screen panels throughout the house run lights, security, heat and cooling systems, and video and audio libraries. Speakers are embedded in the walls and ceilings behind the plaster.

"I wanted great sound quality throughout the house but I did not want to have ugly speakers," Jones said.

Even waking up in the morning is a high-tech venture. His alarm clock neither beeps nor buzzes; instead, music begins to play, curtains open on sunshine and lights switch on. And in the bathroom, the shower starts flowing.

Jones is the head of Escient Technologies, a company that develops in-home systems that merge Internet power with electronic appliances and devices. His patented voicemail technology is used by the majority of telephone companies throughout the world.

While Jones is traveling, he can check in on his abode via the Internet. As part of the security system, cameras are trained on every room of the house and every entrance. He can go on the Web and with a few clicks, zoom in on parts of the house or unlock doors from half a world away.

Why does Jones need a home that includes a movie theater that seats 20 and wine cellar accessible only by fingerprint scan?

According to Jones, "I like to build things and change the world."


Yup. That's all folks. : )

Hmmm (2, Funny)

BlabberMonkey (605922) | about 12 years ago | (#4188861)

Yeah, just wait till he comes home to find his house all burnt to hell because of some 6 year old h4x0r.

Nice House (2, Funny)

Mupp252 (263650) | about 12 years ago | (#4188862)

Speakers are embedded in the walls and ceilings behind the plaster.

Oh, if these walls could talk!

Gotta love it... (5, Interesting)

bleckywelcky (518520) | about 12 years ago | (#4188863)


You gotta love this statement at the end:

Why does Jones need a home that includes a movie theater that seats 20 and wine cellar accessible only by fingerprint scan?

According to Jones, "I like to build things and change the world."


Sure, I like to build things and wouldn't mind changing the world, where is my 27,000 sq ft mansion? But really, how does this mansion change the world? I'm sure a lot of progress is being made to help the world out while he lounges around, having shades opened and lights turned on for him automatically, while he listens to some classical music on his hidden speakers as he heads to the wine cellar to get something tasty to drink. Yep, lots of progress going on there, I can see the world's problems just dissolving away.

I think he meant to say.......... (2)

Ride-My-Rocket (96935) | about 12 years ago | (#4188929)

"I like to build things and change my world."

Re:Gotta love it... (3, Insightful)

sql*kitten (1359) | about 12 years ago | (#4188981)

Sure, I like to build things and wouldn't mind changing the world, where is my 27,000 sq ft mansion? But really, how does this mansion change the world?

From the article:


Jones is the head of Escient Technologies, a company that develops in-home systems that merge Internet power with electronic appliances and devices. His patented voicemail technology is used by the majority of telephone companies throughout the world.


If this techology makes it into everyday homes, then he's changed the world, for the better. What he's doing is just immersive research. And he's paying for it with his own money, which is more than can be said for our luxury-obsessed "leaders" talking about changing the world on their latest taxpayer-funded vacation in Jo'burg.

Internet Power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189083)

Is that like AC or DC?

Re:Gotta love it... (1)

greenhide (597777) | about 12 years ago | (#4189132)

I'm not sure that putting this technology into everybody's homes is going to necessarily make things better. Aren't people sedentary enough? And certainly putting speakers behind the walls is only of concern for people who can afford to have a speaker asthetic.

Also, check out this part of the article:

Even waking up in the morning is a high-tech venture. His alarm clock neither beeps nor buzzes; instead, music begins to play, curtains open on sunshine and lights switch on. And in the bathroom, the shower starts flowing.

Unless he's the type to leap right out of bed and zip into the bathroom, isn't that a big waste of water? I know that it's not as big of a deal in Indiana, I guess, but it still seems like extravagant wastefulness to have someone "start the shower" for you (I always jump right in, and just give a little shudder for the half second of cold water). In Virginia, we have a drought that's so bad we now have mandatory water restrictions [state.va.us] .

While his house is indeed "cool", I don't see this really "benefiting" humankind any more than, say, Theater Surround systems or MP3 players. They're neat, they're fun, and they're great for people who can afford them. But the truth is automated (or at least the best equivalent at the time) houses have been around forever, and always among the wealthiest of the population.

Re:Gotta love it... (2)

sehryan (412731) | about 12 years ago | (#4189239)

If this techology makes it into everyday homes, then he's changed the world, for the better...

...as long as you live in a country where you can actually have one of these houses. I don't see the improvement to non-first world countries.

Re:Gotta love it... (3, Insightful)

sql*kitten (1359) | about 12 years ago | (#4189267)

...as long as you live in a country where you can actually have one of these houses. I don't see the improvement to non-first world countries.

"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong" -- Abraham Lincoln.

Those leaders.... (1)

jotaeleemeese (303437) | about 12 years ago | (#4189245)

Sign agreements that later own get them voted out of office because their electors are too lazy to be arsed to care about sustainable development....

Amen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188982)

he's why capitalism works... now I'll always aspire to have a house like his, even if it only turns out to be a 600SF apartment of my own.

Re:Gotta love it... (2)

n-baxley (103975) | about 12 years ago | (#4188984)

He didn't say fix the worlds problems. He just said change the world. Big difference.

Re:Gotta love it... (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | about 12 years ago | (#4189159)

He didn't say fix the worlds problems. He just said change the world. Big difference.

Oh, changing the world is relatively easy. Lob an ICBM shell from your back yard in the states towards China.

Its M.A.D.!!! :-)

Re:Gotta love it... (2)

(void*) (113680) | about 12 years ago | (#4189093)


I can see the world's problems just dissolving away.

Yeah. One sits in the house and enjoys these luxuries. The rest of the world's problems dissolve away.

If hes the center of the world..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189300)

he deffantly changed it!

Forget the gadgets! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188870)

The coolest thing he has is a slide [scottajones.com] !!!

Sorry, but (-1, Flamebait)

Graspee_Leemoor (302316) | about 12 years ago | (#4188880)

First post pointing out that this guy looks like a smug twat and has far too much money.

Go on, you know you thought that too. ;)

graspee

This is why the rest of the world hates us. (2)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4188883)

Can't you find something better to do with your money? People like this make me sick, although if I had the money, I must admit I'd be tempted to do the same. It's easy to be frugal with other people's money.

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (2)

Psiren (6145) | about 12 years ago | (#4188906)

Who the hell are you to tell someone what to spend their money on?!

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (2)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4188942)

Am I telling him not to spend his money on that stuff?

No.

Am I being judgemental?

Yes.

There is a difference between telling people they can't spend their money on what they want to, and on observing that its a complete and utter waste.

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (1)

runcible (306937) | about 12 years ago | (#4188948)

Sound Familiar? [williams.edu]

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (2)

hyacinthus (225989) | about 12 years ago | (#4188967)

My first response was something like yours, but then I thought--in an earlier age, this guy would be hiring a butler or servant to do a lot of this stuff for him. He may be too lazy to draw his own window-shades or flip his own light switches, but at least he isn't making someone else do it for him.

I wonder if he has a lawn or a garden. It's pretty hard to automate gardening and landscaping (although I've heard about crude automated lawn mowers.)

hyacinthus.

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (1)

unDiWahn (599102) | about 12 years ago | (#4189106)

Yeah, putting that potential person out of a job!

Man, all our labor class is gonna be replaced by robots!

Where do you think all those butlers go when there not needed, huh? 'Magically' find a better job?

Someday, we won't even need to tell the computer to open the blinds... and what use will it have for us then.

(Yay for Terminator 3 coming soon!)

Re:This is why the rest of the world hates us. (2)

brennan73 (94035) | about 12 years ago | (#4189112)

Wait, is *this* why the rest of the world hates us? I thought it was the war on terrorism. Or, that we haven't ratified Kyoto. Or, our arrogance. Or, our obesity rates. Or, our tendency to speak English in foreign countries. Or, blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc. [insert generalized statement based on individual's pet peeve/preference here].

I think you got one thing right accidentally, though: the reason *you* seem to hate this guy is because you don't have as much money as him, since you'd do the same thing if you did. Hmm.

-brennan

If you are rich (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188889)

and have a big dick...

You have been blessed.

No wine during blackouts. (1)

Glenda Slagg (464228) | about 12 years ago | (#4188892)

Pretty fucked when there's a power cut then... What size of UPS could cope with that?

Re:No wine during blackouts. (2)

walt-sjc (145127) | about 12 years ago | (#4188994)

It's called a "generator." Your UPS only needs to run a few critical systems until the generator kicks in. You can get just about any sized UPS or generator limited only by your budget. It's obvious this guy has a few pennies to spend.

What I'd like to know (1)

DavidLeblond (267211) | about 12 years ago | (#4188899)

Does having all that technology really improve the quality of life? Touch screens to turn on the lights? Whats wrong with a light switch? Speakers in the walls? Thats nice, so not only does it sound like the sound is coming from... well... the walls, but every room in the house would pretty much hear whatever you're listening to as well.

I guess if you got enough money to spend...

Re:What I'd like to know (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | about 12 years ago | (#4189238)

Screw touch screens for light control. I want one of them thingies I can just wave my hand in front of to turn the light on/off.

(remember the day the earth stood still? yeah, an invincible robot that conveniently melts tanks would be nice too)

and you dont have to be overpaid to do it. (5, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 12 years ago | (#4188907)

I can do everything that guy did in his oversized ampatheatre he calls a house for probably 1/10-th the price he did with much more flexibility. www.misterhouse.org is a good start. and Look at the applied digital [appdig.com] for some of the best home automation core systems available at really good prices compared to the overpriced DMX/panja stuff. Whole house audio is easy and cheap if you can live without concert quality sound in every room.. www.smarthome.com has tons of that stuff.

a "wired" home as to speak of takes nither genius nor requires buttloads of money. I have pretty much the equilivient for around $1500.00 spent with another $1500.00 to be spent on the whole house audio next month. I have a massive 1285 Sq foot home with a mind boggling 10 rooms (excluding the garage and back yard) so I am way above what most people can even dream of (Ok the sarcasim is a bit thick) Yes, I had to program misterhouse for my needs.. .YES I had to wire everything (doesnt take a rocket scientist to do that) and yes I had to design and maintain it.. but hey... I have something that the ultra-rich like to flaunt that they usually only are allowed to have.. and you can too!

Re:and you dont have to be overpaid to do it. (2)

bleckywelcky (518520) | about 12 years ago | (#4188993)


A 1285 sq ft house with 10 rooms? Is this some sort of jail or something? That's just slightly more than 11 x 11 per room. My bedroom by itself is 11 x 13, exluding an attached closet/storage room and my computer extension which together add another 8 x 7. And they feel like a damn fox hole. The other main areas of my house are 3 to 4 times larger. Unless this is some sort of dorm/rental house, then I would understand. If not, then you should go ahead and knock some walls down and make it much more roomy.

Re:and you dont have to be overpaid to do it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189022)

I'm counting storage, furnace room, bathrooms, oh and one largish hallway. hey.. you need whole house audio and automation in those rooms too!

Yeah, nice... um... tour. (5, Insightful)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | about 12 years ago | (#4188910)

What I love about the article the most is the picture of the outside of the house. Too bad there isn't anything of the inside of the house and the streaming video is only for paid subscribers. Otherwise, the article is a total fluff piece. No real substance to it at all. It's like a short "House of the Future" blurb right out of the 1957 issue of Popular Mechanics. Changing the world indeed...

This guy is a Geek like the rest of us! (4, Insightful)

puto (533470) | about 12 years ago | (#4188950)

Call him an arrogant rich bastard but he is a geek like the rest of us.

Hey, how many of us bought the friggin X-10 cam bundles for 99.99? So we can see what our servers do while we are at Comdex?

How many of us don't have gigs of mp3's in the car? Even built one before commercial players were for sale?

The guy is just ab ubergeek who made some cash and modded the shit outta his house. More power to him!

I would kill to have my own theater. John Carpenters The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, big screen cheese fests for me and the bodies. And imagine Ron Jeremy on the big screen? Yikes.

We would all do something similar if we had the cash. We all got some weird wants.

What are some of the weird things you would do with bucks? Besides being altruistic?

Puto

Re:This guy is a Geek like the rest of us! (0)

Lshmael (603746) | about 12 years ago | (#4189009)

Yeah, Bill Gates is a geek, too. Let's all kiss and make up...

Random Geek: I'm sorry I switched to Linux!
Billg: I'm sorry Windows has so many bugs and so much stupidity!
(group hug, fade to black)

In reality, being a geek is no excuse for stupidity. Then again, you bought those X10 cameras, funding hundreds of popup ads. Shame! Shame!

Re:This guy is a Geek like the rest of us! (3, Funny)

slagdogg (549983) | about 12 years ago | (#4189033)

And imagine Ron Jeremy on the big screen? Yikes.

If I ever visit your theater, remind me to sit behind you ...

No he's not (1)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 12 years ago | (#4189066)

This is nothing more than promotion for his company and the excuse to brag about money. Please, save your gushing for those who do make interesting things.

Besides, this asshole owns CDDB, fucking parasite.

Re:This guy is a Geek like the rest of us! (1)

Alan Partridge (516639) | about 12 years ago | (#4189099)

"I would kill to have my own theater."

well, why don't you kill the twat in the article and steal his house then, as you seem to dig it so much.

What would I do? (5, Funny)

anonymous loser (58627) | about 12 years ago | (#4189120)

What are some of the weird things you would do with bucks? Besides being altruistic?


Two chicks at the same time.

Re:What would I do? (2)

unicron (20286) | about 12 years ago | (#4189286)

"And I figure, if I was a millionaire, I could hook that up, cuz chicks dig guys with money."

"Not all chicks do"

"The kind of chicks that would double up on a guy like me do."

"Good point"

Re:This guy is a Geek like the rest of us! (2)

BigJimSlade (139096) | about 12 years ago | (#4189218)

I sincerely hope that this wasn't moderated interesting because of the Ron Jemery comment.

Much more information here (2, Informative)

image (13487) | about 12 years ago | (#4188956)

Check out scottajones.com [scottajones.com] for actual information about the house, not the short CNN blurb.

I like Escient (5, Informative)

BlueGecko (109058) | about 12 years ago | (#4188957)

A friend of mine has a home theater system designed by Escient with full Dolby surround speakers, a nice projection screen about twelve feet wide or so, and so forth. Just like Scott Jones, it is also highly automated. Automated features it has (I am not making any of these up):
  1. Blowing the speaker system about once per month, completely automated.
  2. Firing DVDs at high speed out of the changer as someone walks by
  3. Shutting the curtains in front of the screen, usually during highly suspenseful and/or very cool scenes
While the theater setup is cool, Escient's stuff, at least in that theater, always has something a bit off with it even when it's mostly working. I honestly don't know whether anyone except Escient offers that kind of thing (since I live in Indiana, Escient does seem to be the only option here), but if there are multiple options for you, I would at least consider them before going with Escient. I should emphasize that the theater is not mine and I have only had extensive experience with that one, but since there aren't a ton of these lying around, I thought I'd give my two cents anyway.

Closed technology (3, Informative)

walt-sjc (145127) | about 12 years ago | (#4189210)

Escient uses Lutron stuff. Only problem is that it's a closed architecture / proprietary thing. Why of why these guys refuse to work with open standards is beyond me. It limits you to only technology supported by Lutron.

An alternative is open technology supported by companies like Leviton, Samsung, Siemens, Philips, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Trane, Cisco, and Many others world wide. See Echelon [echelon.com] who developed the technology, and the Lonmark [lonmark.org] site which has info on integrators, manufacturers, etc.

asking for trouble? (3, Insightful)

YouTalkinToMe (559217) | about 12 years ago | (#4188961)

from the article:

While Jones is traveling, he can check in on his abode via the Internet. As part of the security system, cameras are trained on every room of the house and every entrance. He can go on the Web and with a few clicks, zoom in on parts of the house or unlock doors from half a world away.

Now is it just me, or is this asking for trouble?

Re:asking for trouble? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189304)

Does make you wonder why if you are half a world away why would you need to unlock your door.

And now, from the other end of the money spectrum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188979)

My apartment is so cheap, the floors are sinking away from the walls!

So I put some CAT5 cable in the crack and some coax and a phone line. So now I have network access in two rooms! And an extra phone line!

The joys of being poor!

How cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4188986)

Just think man, this guy is too hip for words!

Bet he sleeps well knowing he could have fed starving kids with all that cash.

Right on TechnoGuru!

Re:How cool! (0)

Poisonous Drool (526798) | about 12 years ago | (#4189149)

Bet he sleeps well knowing he could have fed starving kids with all that cash.

You could get a 2nd job and use that money to feed starving kids, so you're no better.

wine cellar? (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | about 12 years ago | (#4188988)

well, I would prefer putting a fingerprint scan on my beer fridge instead. When you are rich enough to buy wine you should share your collection. When you can only afford cheap beer you need to protect it ;)

Antiques? (2)

KelsoLundeen (454249) | about 12 years ago | (#4189004)

William Gibson typed 'Neuromancer' on an old, beat-up typewriter.

'Nuff said.

well thats not fair (-1)

RestonVA (593792) | about 12 years ago | (#4189014)

but whats fair is that is van provides a valuable place for me to poop in.

thank you, drive thru

One little backhoe accident ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | about 12 years ago | (#4189017)

And he won't be able to get drunk anymore.

Speakers behind the plaster: "The woofer needs adjustment. Get the hammers!"

that's not a knife! (2)

cygnus (17101) | about 12 years ago | (#4189026)

THIS is a data haven.

Re:that's not a knife! (2)

cygnus (17101) | about 12 years ago | (#4189050)

D'OH! where's my link?

ahem.

THIS [havenco.com] is a data haven.

And you don't have to be a millionaire either... (1, Interesting)

cut-N-paste Troll (584533) | about 12 years ago | (#4189032)

I can do everything that guy did in his oversized ampatheatre he calls a house for probably 1/10-th the price he did with much more flexibility. www.misterhouse.org is a good start. and Look at the applied digital [appdig.com] for some of the best home automation core systems available at really good prices compared to the overpriced DMX/panja stuff. Whole house audio is easy and cheap if you can live without concert quality sound in every room.. www.smarthome.com has tons of that stuff.

a "wired" home as to speak of takes nither genius nor requires buttloads of money. I have pretty much the equilivient for around $1500.00 spent with another $1500.00 to be spent on the whole house audio next month. I have a massive 1285 Sq foot home with a mind boggling 10 rooms (excluding the garage and back yard) so I am way above what most people can even dream of (Ok the sarcasim is a bit thick) Yes, I had to program misterhouse for my needs.. .YES I had to wire everything (doesnt take a rocket scientist to do that) and yes I had to design and maintain it.. but hey... I have something that the ultra-rich like to flaunt that they usually only are allowed to have.. and you can too!

Yes but (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189034)

Can it automagically pour a bowl of hot grits down my pants?

Re:Yes but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189129)

I thought that it was an apple pie!!!

I'm shocked! (1)

smashr (307484) | about 12 years ago | (#4189037)

...that i am the first person to get to make a joke about "Jones" in "Indiana"!!! I mean, I saw that and thought the house was gonna be sued by Lucas....

Scott Jones ruined CDDB (5, Informative)

bmarklein (24314) | about 12 years ago | (#4189043)

This guy's company Escient turned CDDB into a commercial product and later spun it off as a separate company (Gracenote).

In other news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189064)

The RIAA lobbys to make celings illegal.

Dakota Flushboy (2)

KelsoLundeen (454249) | about 12 years ago | (#4189080)

Jones is the head of Escient Technologies, a company that develops in-home systems that merge Internet power with electronic appliances and devices.


Is this guy an idiot? This sort of thing is like hanging a sign out front and asking the script-kiddies, "Pleaze, dudez, hack my house. Hack my shower."


Why in the world would I want my appliance merged with anything having to do with the internet?


So some pimply faced kid named 'Dakota Flushboy' can come and make my convection oven turn on instead of my toaster?


"Hooo-boy, Dakota, you got me. You really did."

Hacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189087)

While Jones is traveling, he can check in on his abode via the Internet. As part of the security system, cameras are trained on every room of the house and every entrance. He can go on the Web and with a few clicks, zoom in on parts of the house or unlock doors from half a world away.

Post an IP address, I haven't hacked a house in a long time.

Guru? (2)

Joel Ironstone (161342) | about 12 years ago | (#4189100)


Main Entry: guru
Pronunciation: 'gur-(")ü also g&-'rü
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural gurus
Etymology: Hindi guru, from Sanskrit guru, from guru, adjective, heavy, venerable -- more at GRIEVE
Date: 1613
1 : a personal religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism
2 a : a teacher and especially intellectual guide in matters of fundamental concern b : one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent c : a person with knowledge or expertise : EXPERT

Hmm

Cool homes in Movies (0)

rczyzewski (585306) | about 12 years ago | (#4189139)

I saw something similar in a movie once, PeeWee's Big Adventure. It was way cool. I wish I had a house like that.

Scott Jones' house of techno-wonderlust (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189241)

Gee Scott, whoose world are you changing?
No necessity, no invention!

Everyone needs a 27,000 sq. ft. house. (1)

mnemotronic (586021) | about 12 years ago | (#4189247)

Well, dahling, I just don't know how the common folk can survive in those tiny hovels. Really I don't. 5,000 square feet? Are you serious? Dear, our bedroom is 5,000 square feet. Did you know that many of the peasants only have one or two bathrooms? Really! How primative. They might as well live in a cave. See you at the polo match later? Ta!

FYI: Scott Jones is the dude behind Gracenote's transition to fee-based CDDB lookups.

So does anyone have his IP addy yet? (1)

h4mmer5tein (589994) | about 12 years ago | (#4189275)

/.'ing a house has to be a new one :)

Yes, But Does He Have a Girlfriend (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4189287)

I caught the CNN piece on television yesterday. The most amusing part about it was the way the anchors were making jokes about how far overboard Jones had gone. Someone actually put up the blurb, "Yes, But Does He Have a Girlfriend" at the bottom of the screen during the story. Not used to seeing sarcasm on CNN. It was almost refreshing.

Wallace & Grommit (1)

JasonMaggini (190142) | about 12 years ago | (#4189335)

When they mentioned the alarm clock opening the curtains and playing music, I thought of that whole slide-out-of-bed-into-your-trousers-
and-get-shot -with-an-oatmeal-cannon thing from W&G...
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