As in home control.
What is Android@Home- The Future of Android – News & Opinion – PCMag.com
Many attempts have been made in the past to provide a solution where computers can control home and office equipment in a standardized way.
During 2002-something I worked on a protocol for Ericsson that would handle such communication. That never went commercial, but it was an interesting project in terms of unveiling what to think about for products that normally go for a few $s.
Then there’s DLNA, that’s established, but not used very much, yet:
“According to Shim, however, DLNA companies designed the protocols and integrated the technology on the appliance side, leaving client software and devices to integrate as they chose. Android@Home will provide a unified client as well as the protocol, taking the opposite approach.”