'Smart' gadgets will change the way we live

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 this so-called “smart home,” cars, appliances and other devices have sensors and Internet connections that allow them to think and act for themselves to 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 examples primarily include our ability to control gadgets such as lights and security alarms or view data remotely through a smartphone app. Some gadgets will be able to talk directly with one another, not just to an app.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/12/5442030/smart-gadgets-will-change-the.html

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