Increasing number of "smart" household appliances that can be controlled remotely

Sensor-based systems also can have security and healthcare applications as they allow monitoring of door use and movement through a home. One sensor-based system, Mother, uses motion-sensing "cookies" (not the information-collecting files certain websites will deposit into your computer). Up to 24 of them can be attached to track movement around various surfaces.

All these smart things promise ultimate convenience, but there are some problems. First, each can require a separate controlling app. That results in "app fatigue," where your phone or tablet requires so many apps to get things done that convenience is questionable. Enter the hub, a control center that can run groups of smart appliances...

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