Houses can be set up so the homeowner can unlock the front door with their phone, watch security footage on their phone, or get a text alert if the thermostat drops too low, which might indicate a problem with the furnace.
Window shades can be programmed to open when sunlight hits them. Homeowners can use their phones to play music in different rooms, adjust the temperature from the couch, or turn the lights on before they get back so they're not walking into a dark house. A mood button in the bedroom dims the lights, puts on pre-selected music and ignites the fireplace.
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