In This Chapter
Discovering how to quickly begin automating your life
Starting automating with simple devices
Finding ten easy-to-implement products
Up to this point, I’ve discussed the 411 on home automation in today’s technical environment, and I've covered the gamut from the simplest of devices to install and set up to the more labor-intensive ones (even some that require professional installation). What I now want to do is wade you gently into the smart home automation pool.
Some folks like to take things easy when venturing into something new or different, especially when it comes to technology. I have family who were hesitant about getting cellular phones, and when they bought their first one it was just the most basic of devices: phone calls only, thank you very much, with the Internet button avoided like the plague. Now, those same folks have the latest and greatest in smartphones, and are even finding themselves frequently using Facebook and downloading apps at a rapid-fire rate. Sometimes all it takes is getting your feet a little wet to make you want to dive headlong into the deep.
If that description sounds ...