Smarter home: It's an app world after all

Savant Systems' Danny Thompson demonstrated a new app that allows homeowners to control their TVs, lighting, air conditioning, security and landscape irrigation on a visual touch screen. Previous smart-phone apps resembled old-fashioned TV remote controls.

"We got pushback from that," he said the old interface.

The cost can range from $1,000 for a couple of rooms in a modest home to many times that in mansions on big lots, Thompson said. Savant is based in Massachusetts.

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