COULDíVE BEEN A CONTENDER
Havenít heard of you before...
No many people have but D2B or the Domestic Digital Bus, had
it taken off, might have been fitted to a wide range of domestic appliances,
from toasters to televisions. I was dreamt up by Philips in collaboration with
Matsushita, (Panasonicís parent company), and officially launched in 1990.
Tell me more
I was one of a number of so called home bus systems, that
appeared in the late 1980s. The idea was that household appliances would
communicate with and be controlled by a central home computer. In the automated
home you would be able to switch on lights, set the VCR and turn up the heating
when you were away, by calling your home PC on the phone.
Did you ever make it past
the drawing board?
I did, and D2B sockets actually appeared on several
televisions, and a VCR or two.
Lack of support from the rest of the industry killed me off
-- most of them were too busy working on their own home bus systems. Bits of me live on in the form of various
ĎAV Linkí systems, used on Philips, Panasonic, Grundig and Sony TVs and VCRs.
R. Maybury 1997 2212