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Cisco's Connected Life

2:00 PM -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) has announced the winners of that Connected Life contest. You'll recall this was the $10,000 cage match to dream up what the "connected life" means to you.

The grand prize went to Amir, from North Carolina, for his Digital Butler idea. It's a fully networked smart house -- you know, the kind that goes insane and tries to kill you, like in The Twilight Zone, or that one Simpsons episode.

Some of the runners-up sound reasonably practical, like the kid proximity detector. (It's for your own kids, in crowded amusement parks.) But the e-medical card sounds like a guaranteed security disaster, and TelePresence for live music events is already being done.

The full slate of winners is on Cisco's Website.

Missed out on the contest? Then check out Cisco's I-Prize, which sounds like an American Idol for Cisco acquisition candidates. Actually there's more to it than that, but that's a subject for another time.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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