The core of a smart home is the ability to monitor and remotely control power, lighting, and security. That means replacing–or upgrading–everyday household fixtures, such as outlets and bulbs, and installing environmental sensors that will let you monitor what happens around the house.
Coming Soon: Voice Control
Clever DIYers have rigged smart homes to respond to commands from Siri and other voice assistants. Apple made the connection official. Starting this spring, manufacturers can now use Apple’s HomeKit system to make their products react to commands dictated to an iPhone. For instance, “Siri, I’m heading home” could turn on lights, adjust the temperature, and start the stereo.
This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of Popular Science as part of our Smart Homes feature. Click here to read more about how to make your home intelligent.