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A television displays smart features inside a home in Alameda, Calif. A television displays smart features inside a model home in Alameda, Calif. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

A homeowner rolls out of bed in the morning, and the kitchen light and coffeemaker have turned themselves on already. The heat has been driving out the overnight chill for ten minutes. She uses the last drop of milk, and the refrigerator updates her grocery list.

As she drives away, she forgets to close the garage. But not to worry — it closes automatically.

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