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Home, Smart Home: Integration, Automation and the Future of Domestic Living

As the “smart home” movement continues to build momentum, more Bay Area homeowners are considering the benefits of home automation. Photo: Lavish Theaters (2016)

As the “smart home” movement continues to build momentum, more Bay Area homeowners are considering the benefits of home automation. Photo: Lavish Theaters (2016)

Thirty years ago, if you conducted a survey about what technological advancements people expected to see in 2016, answers would have likely included flying cars, computer-controlled homes and colonization of other planets. Well…at least one of these futuristic forecasts has come to pass: home automation. The “smart home” is here, and it’s revolutionizing the mode of modern domestic life.

But what exactly is a smart home? According to Micah Brown, owner of Avid Home Theater, a smart home is defined by two key terms: integration (multiple systems are tied together into a single control system) and automation (the systems are programmed to function autonomously of the user). Continue reading “Home, Smart Home: Integration, Automation and the Future of Domestic Living” »

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