Smarthome devices, which allow the remote monitor and control of home features, are a booming industry with major players and mass adopters. Automation technologies have been around for decades (recall The Clapper), and consumers can still purchase separate technologies to control thermostats, sprinkler appliances, or door locks.

These days, smarthome hub systems are available to manage disparate functions through one centralized interface that can be accessed on a user’s smartphone or tablet. Homeowners and renters alike have taken notice. They want smart home devices for lots of different reasons, but security and energy management are among the most significant. Experts suggest the global home automation market will be worth $81,645 million by 2023.


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The Basics

What Is Home Automation and How Does It Work? (security.org, Mar. 15, 2021)

Smart Home Toolkit: How Connected Devices Can Make Life Easier Around the House (Consumer Reports, Dec. 10, 2020)

Home Security and Home Automation (U.S. News, Oct. 22, 2020)

COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Pushing Smart Home Voice Control Devices to Predicted 30% Growth (TechRepublic, Apr. 1, 2020)

How IoT Devices & Smart Home Automation Is Entering Our Homes in 2020 (Business Insider, Jan. 6, 2020)

Are Smart Homes Worth the Investment? (How-To-Geek, Nov. 10, 2019)

The Advantages of a Smart House (SFGate)

How to Get Started

Your Complete Smart Home Guide (security.org, Mar. 23, 2021)

Best Smart Home Devices for 2021 (c|net, 2021)

The Best Smart Home Devices for 2021 (PC Mag, Dec. 21, 2020)

Benefits: Energy Efficiency & Security

New Model Shows How to Make Smart Homes More Frugal (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Apr. 1, 2021)

Can Your Smart Device Save You Energy and Money? Here’s What to Look For. (ASE, Mar. 29, 2021)

The Best Home Security Systems in 2020 (Digital Trends, Mar. 10, 2020)

Our favorite DIY home security systems of 2020 (CNET, Mar. 1, 2020)

What You Can Do Today to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient (Vivint, Sep. 27, 2019)

How to Save Money and Energy With Smart Home Devices (WIrecutter, May 14, 2019)

Top 10 Benefits of Automating Your Home (Freshome)

Home Automation and Accessibility

Fully Accessible Guide to Smart Home Tech for the Disabled and Elderly (Reviews.com, Feb. 17, 2021)

Accessibility Devices at CES 2021 Reflect Growing Focus on Inclusive Tech (c|net, Jan. 16, 2021)

Benefits of Smart Devices for People Living with Disabilities (readwrite, Dec. 10, 2020)

9 Home Upgrades That’ll Add Accessibility Without Sacrificing Style (apartment therapy, Jul. 26, 2020)

Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies for Disabled People (Construction Shows, Jun. 5, 2020)

6 Ways Seniors Can Use Google Home to Make The COVID-19 Quarantine Easier (CNet, Mar. 28, 2020)

Boomers and Seniors Finding Great Benefits from Smart Home Technology (Forbes, Dec. 6, 2019)

Security Issues With Home Automation Systems

10 Ways to Boost IoT Security in Smart Homes (Forbes, Feb. 22, 2021)

Smart Home Threats (Sontiq, Sep. 4, 2020)

How Your Smart Home Devices Can Be Turned Against You (BBC, May 11, 2020)

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