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Master Of Your Domain

With futuristic home automation systems at the doorstep, our homes will never be the same again.

This story appears in the August 1999 issue of

Years ago, we watched TV's George Jetson sit in his futuristic controlling everything with the touch of a button or holding a videoconference with his not-so-nice boss, and thought, "Yeah, right. Not in my lifetime." But now that there's high-speed access for the home, data and cool technologies to your lights, sprinklers and security system via , that highly evolved home of the future is much more of a reality (minus the nasty boss, of course!).

systems that automate not only home offices but entire are no longer a vision of what's to come--they're here and now. Yet they're more than just nifty technologies to wirelessly access computer files while you're out sunning by the pool or to turn your lights on and off remotely just for fun. Home automation systems improve access to information, make everyday home and office tasks earlier, and afford you complete control over your 21st century working environment: the home.

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