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A server infrastructure allows wireless wearable appliances or portable handsets to access consumer services offered via the server. Services are accessed via a universal home services interface (UHSI) which is shared by all access devices. The UHSI can include a voice-activated interface to simplify usage from non-graphical terminals. In a home network, the infrastructure resides on a home gateway or central home computer and allows users access to local subsystems or external WAN services. An implementation based on a universal plug and play (UPnP) home network is described.