CHAPTER 6

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Smart Home Enablers

The future almost never turns out how we think it will. The much parodied “home of the future” concepts of yesteryear all had a central controlling computer at their core. Like a spider at the center of an electronic web, this computer called all the shots when it came to controlling the automated functions within the home. It was this behemoth that controlled every aspect of the automated serving of the dog’s dinner or drawing those famous motorized curtains when night fell.

In early versions of the concept, it was a basement-filling box with numerous flashing lights and hundreds of chattering relays inside it. ...

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