"It's about the ability to easily interface with the home and with everyday devices," says Frank DePew, the owner of Chesapeake Smart Homes, which does high-end custom home installations throughout the Greater Washington area and beyond. "Wireless technology has changed everything. Now you can use your smart phone - or your iPad - to control things. That alone is full of implications for what smart homes will be."
"All you have to do is press the 'vacation' button," Mr. DePew says. "It will set back the thermostat and set various lighting scenarios that vary per night."