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It is no longer enough to buy a comfy sofa or two, a large bed, and a few appliances to make a home truly liveable. And if you're constructing a house, you need to think beyond cement and paint and square footage.
Consider the scenario - a device that keeps your house at just the right temperature, a mirror that lets you watch the morning news as you brush your teeth or a coffee table that doubles up as an entertainment system. The concept of a "smart home" is all the rage and you can hop on to the bandwagon today -- all you need are a healthy bank balance and a few cutting-edge gadgets.