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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Automation by Mark Edward Soper

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Chapter . Introduction

Smart Homes for Everyone

Ever since I was a kid growing up in the 1960s watching TV shows like Hanna-Barbera’s The Jetsons and reading stories such as Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains,” the idea of a “smart house” has fascinated me. In some ways, the smart house of the future is already here for many of us:

  • TV screens are getting larger and larger.

  • Home theater systems combine digital surround sound and better-than-broadcast video.

  • Internet access enables us to work from home remotely.

However, in other ways, today’s homes are often stuck in the past. In my youth I saw older homes with rotary light switches, relics of a retrofit from gaslight to electricity. Today’s homes use toggle or decorator paddle switches, but ...

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