Michael B. Farrell: The Internet-connected home

Source: "Yes, that is your refrigerator telling you it’s out of milk, and your plant asking for water. Welcome to the Internet of Things, or Your House is Alive, and seemingly every appliance, device and random piece of hardware is connected to the Web and waiting for you to tell it what to do. A new wave of technology using sophisticated sensors and other measuring tools is quickly turning otherwise normal household hardware such as thermostats, locks, light bulbs, and garage doors into smarter devices that can be controlled remotely via the Internet and in some cases are clever enough to learn a users’ habits and adjust themselves accordingly.
While much of these technologies may have seemed far-fetched just a few years ago, many connected objects can now be easily found on the shelves of Home Depot and Target."

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