Controlling your home appliances from anywhere via cellphone sounds great, but we suspect that the way NTT DoCoMo is going about it in Japan isn't exactly going to be a huge success. The telco is marketing something called the Remocon (as in Remote Control) Saucer, a ¥12,000 ($102) device that lets you turn appliances on and off by cellphone -- if, that is, you're willing to pay for either a second cellphone or wireless card to hook up to it. Once you've set that up, you need to make a video call every time you want to send a command. Sounds like DoCoMo's main goal is to make a killing on the fees, which isn't likely to happen -- unless, of course, you can also use this as a remote spycam, in which case, DoCoMo will clean up.

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