There are plenty of high-tech options already on the market that are easily installed and simple to operate. Apps on smart devices such as phones and tablets can control audio/visual equipment, interior and exterior lighting, open and close garage and access doors, and alert you to security breaches in the home, among other things.
The next wave in home control resembles something out of a sci-fi movie. “Ambient computing devices in the home are waiting for you to tell them what to do,” says Carley Knobloch, tech consultant on HGTV Smart Home 2016 project. Sitting on the kitchen counter, one discrete device is about the size of can of soup.