Smart houses: Affordable tech automates A/C, lighting and more

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by Scott Pasmore

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azfamily.com

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 11:40 AM

PHOENIX -- Do you wish your house weren't so dumb?  Well now, thanks to affordable technology, you can now live in a smart house easier and cheaper then ever.

With a smartphone and a flick of your finger, you can now turn lights on and off, adjust a room's temperature and pretty much automate your entire house from anywhere in the world. 

Data Doctors guru Ken Colburn has turned his house into a magical dwelling, and he says it's only the start of great things to come. 

For instance,  the Nest thermostat "learns" your temperature patterns and adjusts how cool or warm you want your house by itself. The easy-to-install unit runs about $250 and can save you quite a bit of money.
(www.nest.com)

There are now LED light bulbs that can change brightness and color, all at the flick of your finger on your smartphone or tablet. The Philips hue wireless LED bulbs are available from Apple. A three-bulb starter pack will cost you $200. A single bulb is $60.
(www.meethue.com)

There's also a new platform in the beginning stages that will some day automate your entire home. It's called SmartThings and it "places the world of connected things at your fingertips." While SmartThings is sold out, you can reserve a unit online.
(www.smartthings.com)

The best part about all of these gadgets, according to Colburn, is that you don't have to be a tech geek to understand and operate them.  

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