HOUSE OF DREAMS

AUTOMATED SYSTEMS ARE BRINGING LUXURIOUS AMENITIES TO THE MASSES, MAKING SMART HOUSES A REALITY

You arrive home after an elegant evening at the theater. As you pull into the driveway, outdoor lanterns snap on to help you steer clear of the rosebushes. Inside the house it's a toasty 72[degrees]F, with just a few lights on. The electric fireplace has just started up, and soft music emanates from the stereo. In the kitchen, freshly baked apple pie is waiting in the oven.

Too good to be true? Not necessarily. An intelligent, fully wired house like this still costs a bundle (anywhere from $15,000 and up), but the spectacular array of offerings, including low-cost devices for convenience...

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