Tech Talk-Smart Homes

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 01/18 2014 05:43PM

Updated 02/19 2014 05:40PM

        Its an area growing with smart devices and apps. A smartphone or tablet, controlling everything from home security, to heating and air conditioning.
        Wireless technology has made options pretty easy. You don't' necessarily have to re-wire the whole house. New devices can be as simple as this home monitoring system that plugs into the wall.
        Still, there are questions to sort through, and research.
        First off, multiple platforms. You need to choose one early on if you want your devices to talk to one another. Some are Bluetooth, others WiFi.
        Don't forget privacy. Where is information about your home stored? How easily can certain systems be hacked? Would a stolen cellphone literally open your home to a crook?
        Still, the connected home industry could grow to 10-billion dollars this year, according to one estimate. That number could jump to 44-billion by 20-17, meaning many of the devices we see now, are only the beginning.
        That smart home will included smart appliances and Google has purchased device maker Nest labs.
        It develops smart home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors. These devices program themselves and communicate with smartphones.



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