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August 12th, 2014 12:10 PM

We are all quite familiar with our "smart phones" but soon it will be possible to send a text to your refrigerator asking if you're running low on milk!  The fridge will text you back based on what the appliance's built-in camera reveals.  Already, you can pull up the weather forecast on your stovetop and light your fireplace with a simple voice command.

These are just a few of the technological advances that can be found now or very soon in "smart homes" which enable Internet-connected home appliances and systems to be more complementary with 21st century lifestyles.  But the most popular advancements aren't even the newest inventions.  They involve security, heating and cooling, and lighting - areas that almost all future buyers will pay attention to.

Owners of the smart homes will be able to search the internet on big-screen TVs as well as close and lock doors with the touch of a button.  A controlled security system can be accessed from anywhere in the world by security cameras viewed via a mobile device. 

A smart new popular feature is the Nest Thermostat, which programs itself based on the user's temperature preferences, adjusting itself once a home owner has left to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling of an empty house.  The Nest can also be controlled from a smart phone and shows your home's energy usage through the app or website.   Automated lighting is another popular seller for smart homes, giving the ability to turn lights on and off from a smart phone.  This is a great feature for those who travel frequently or are away from home for long periods of time.

Needless to say, technology is moving forward at a rapid pace, and almost anything may be available in the future of new homes constructed with "smart" features.   Whatever our smart phones can do may someday control what our homes are also capable of!

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