"Home Automation is anything that your home does for you
automatically to make living there more enjoyable or productive. It
covers many areas, including remote and timed control of lights and
electrical home appliances, distributed media services, and
communication. Over the last 10 years, many hardware manufacturers
have presented their own proprietary solutions to these problems.
Unbeknownst to them, a groundswell of developers from around the
world has been providing similar solutions to the free and open
"In this introductory article, I will carry out a high-level
review of a number of these projects to see what is already
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