Touring AT&T's 'Digital Life' automated home

NEW ORLEANS--AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) offered press and analysts here a glimpse into its new "Digital Life," the business unit tasked with creating a home automation and monitoring business. The effort is an attempt by the carrier to catch up to the likes of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Comcast that have already announced home automation products--but it's also an acknowledgement that AT&T could leverage its network capabilities into new areas such as remote monitoring, security and other machine-to-machine offerings. AT&T representatives explained that the house they used for their Digital Life demonstration here was borrowed from "a friend of a friend." The owners of the house agreed to lend it out to the company for its home automation demonstration. However, the services available in the home were not completely finished or fully installed; instead, they were on display as an example of AT&T's vision for the automated home. Check out the house in this Slideshow.