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The 'Smart' Home: If It Only Had a Brain

The ultimate question of 'will it work?' still haunts consumers looking to connect 'smart' devices.

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By David Benjamin

Once upon a time at the Consumer Electronics Show, the “smart home” was all the rage and just around the corner. It exploited a host of new technologies and launched great expectations for household convenience and connectivity. It was promoted and celebrated at CES in veritable floor shows on the show floor.

That was then. Now, in a panel discussion last week, six smart-home analysts enumerated the hitches and glitches that have kept most homes stubbornly stupid—or at least blissfully ignorant—for decades.

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