Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called “smart home,” cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity, so they can “think” and act for themselves, and make your life easier.
We’re not there just yet, but we’re getting closer.
The smart-home concept is known in tech circles as the “Internet of Things.” Current iterations primarily include our ability to control gadgets such as lights and security alarms or view data remotely through a smartphone app. At the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas last week, manufacturers promoted such devices and functionality,with some gadgets able to communicate directly with one another, not just to an app.
Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/01/16/lifestyle/raise-homes-iq-smart-gadgets-make-life-easier