Smart Houses: Getting Switched On

Here's one vision of morning paradise: Instead of getting jarred out of bed by a blaring alarm clock, soft music from a compact-disk player nudges you into consciousness. Your curtains glide open automatically to let in the light. You crawl out of bed into a perfectly controlled climate. In the bathroom, the shower is on, set to just the right temperature. Downstairs, the coffeemaker has gurgled to life.

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