Wall-to-Wall Wiring

Forget the Joneses. Why not keep up with the Jetsons? New technology makes it easier to control systems in your home with the touch of a button

Sci-fi films have always portrayed the house of the future with sleek lines and magically appearing appliances capable of performing the most onerous of household tasks with just the simple touch of a button or a voice command. And while there still may not be a way to get out of actually scrubbing your tub, smart-home technology is giving the homeowner a level of automation futuristic enough to make George Jetson envious. Technology research firm InStat/MDR predicts the global market will grow from its current level of $1.3 billion to nearly $10 billion by 2010. A recent study by the Z-Wave...

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