I also toured Samsung´s home-automation showcase. The company´s brand Homevita, which is already popular here, is being installed in new apartment buildings as they´re built. A small LCD panel on your wall controls everything-lights, security, temperature, air quality, all your A/V and some home appliances-and you can have preprogrammed settings. All fairly standard, but nicely done. The coolest features were those unique to Korea. Since many people here live in apartment buildings that have restaurants and groceries in the building, you can order food through your wall panel. You can also see a video feed of who´s at the front door, and visitors can leave video messages for you. Oh, and everything is Web-connected, so you can control it all online from anywhere in the world. The U.S. version, coming soon, will rely more on controlling things through a TV interface, because apparently Americans are scared of touchscreen LCD panels (or so testing would suggest).