Wired has a good story about ZigBee,"a specification for building large networks of low-power radio transmitters". Expect consumer products by the end of the year. Because of the low-power consumption, batteries will run for years. Applications include home-monitoring systems and checking up on the elderly.
Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without
giant listings; we would find it hard to use them.
-- D.M. Ritchie