Popular notion holds that todayâ€™s home automation means some lighting and temperature control, while automated appliances remain part of a Jetsons-like future weâ€™ve never quite achieved. However, the future was achieved at this yearâ€™s NextGen Demonstration Home, showcased during the 2007 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS). The entire home was equipped with remote and touch panels that powered a home automation system called Life|ware 2.0 from Exceptional innovation. Life|ware 2.0 controlled everything from the appliances and the lighting to the homeâ€™s security, ushering what was termed â€œa new level of digital livingâ€ into the kitchen and throughout the home. It is a digital entertainment and automation solution that expands a homeownerâ€™s ability to manage subsystems and appliances via Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center to create a comprehensive digital living experience. The home automation solution is powered by its use of Web Services for Devices (WSD) to communicate between different home systems. By integrating Life|ware into Media Center, a userâ€™s entire music collection, complete with album art, can be accessed on screen. Itâ€™s also possible to view slide shows of digital photos, schedule and record favorite TV programs, retrieve home videos and watch DVDs. Life|ware also gives homeowners the power to control a homeâ€™s lighting, thermostat and security systems, distribute music throughout the house, and enact homeowner-defined â€œLife|scenes.â€ In addition, the home automation solution also allows remote access and management of a homeâ€™s systems through a TV with a Media Center PC, Media Center Extender or Xbox 360, from a home or office PC or notebook from a Life|point touch panel or from a wireless device like an Ultra Mobile PC. The NextGen Home also showed the result of the partnership between LG and Life|ware: Life|ware Connected appliances that employ an adapter module that makes an appliance Life|ware Connected, thereby allowing homeowners to check the status of appliances and adjust functions to better suit their schedule. Other high-tech touches the NextGen Home showcased included a one-touch refreshment dispenser in the kitchen and a mirror that also served as a nightlight in both baths. Look for more information about this in the upcoming issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News. And log onto Live EventsÂ and Consumer Resources. In addition, try logging onto http://www.securityinfowatch.com/ for more information about home automation systems and home security.Â Â Â Â (Be sure to log onto KitchenBathDesign.com for Kitchen & Bath Design Newsâ€™ coverage of the 2007 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference (K/BIS) in Las Vegas. Log onto the home page to visit the Live Events, Top Headlines, Project Spotlight and Consumer Resources sections, and Product Gallery. And donâ€™t forget to sign up for our eNewsletters that will cover other upcoming industry shows.) Â Â The NextGen Homeâ€™s home automation solution was demonstrated.