By Lauren Goode, AllThingsD
“The notion that one’s home appliances could all be connected in some way — and respond with a simple tap, swipe or voice command — was once only a reality for the very wealthy or the very nerdy.
Now, anyone with a Wi-Fi router at home can automate their appliances.
That’s the world according to Alex Hawkinson, the creator of SmartThings. SmartThings sells kits, for just under $200, that include a basic router and small adhesive sensors that attach to various objects in your home and, ultimately, connect to your Wi-Fi network. You then control those appliances with the SmartThings iPhone app.”