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From thermostats to kitchen appliances, more smart products are making their way into our homes. You've probably used a smart phone. You could be watching the news on a smart TV. But is it time for a smart house?

A smart house, or automated home, is a system that integrates electrical devices: the appliances, the lights, the thermostat. In the future, the refrigerator, coffee maker, bathroom scale in your bathroom will be part of an ecosystem that creates your smart home, says Grey Scott, the publisher of tech website Serious Wonder.

He says that by 2020 researchers predict 50 billion devices will be connected to the Web, making something like a smart home not so far-fetched.

"It's called ubiquitous computing. So that, computing is everywhere, you won't really see it. It'll just happen outside of our view and the smart home is the primary stage for that," Scott says.

The average household right now spends a little more than $2,000 a year on energy bills. Supporters say the automated technology could make homes more energy efficient.

They certainly will make them more interesting.

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