Smart-Home Gadgets Need a Translator Real Bad—Here’s How to Get One

Internet of Things devices are like a little UN: they all speak different languages and don't get along.Rather than log into eight apps to manage eight things, hubs handle everything through a single interface. Say, for instance, you link your thermostat, window shades, ceiling fans, floor vents, and lawn sprinklers. As your hub monitors the weather report, it sees the mild morning change to sunny, scalding afternoon. It sends a signal to crank up the air conditioning, flip on the fan in your home office, activate the sprinklers in your lawn and garden, and raise the window shades. Floor vents monitor each room’s temperature, and each vent adjusts its opening to change the airflow and even out the temperature throughout the house.

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