Home-automation trend picking up speed

The Binkowskis are among a nascent but growing number of homeowners with "home automation" systems that can remotely control the lights, alarms and thermostats, often via mobile devices and secure websites.

Call it the next frontier of personalized technology. The explosion of high-speed Internet and app-centric smartphones have made home technology — from securing your front door to turning off the lights to blasting your music — far more Jetson-like.

And while some technologies have been around for years, analysts who follow this market say adaptation rates are picking up speed.

If you're like the majority of homeowners who are still holding onto the DVD player you bought several years ago or a wireless, programmable thermostat you have yet to actually figure out, there's hope.

Full Story: http://seattletimes.com/html/realestate/2017675104_realhometech25.html

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