April 26, 2006

Smart Fixed-Line Phone Keeps Home Safe

kt2200604261739030t1.jpg KT, Korea's dominant telecom operator, has unveiled a fixed-line phone, which can keep people informed on what's going on in their home. The Korea Times reports.

"The sophisticated model, codenamed "Ann Eye," is equipped with a heat sensor, which recognizes intruders or expected visitors to a house and sends cell phone messages to owners away from home.

"Outgoing users can turn on the embedded sensor in the phone, which can identify any movement within a radius of 10 meters and send short text messages to the users,'' KT director Yoon Min-ho said.

As an example, he said "The movement can come from a burglar or children returning from school. Home-owners will be able to check immediately after receiving the text warning by calling home.''

The gadget, produced by local mid-tier phone vendor Aprotech, will go on sale this week with a price tag of 127,000 won ($134) while the alarm service is free of charge. "

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