CES 2014: Controlling home devices with smartphones
6 January 2014 Last updated at 23:53 GMT
Fancy controlling your kettle, cooker or garage door with your smartphone? One of the major themes of the Consumer Electronics Show is how to enable that cheaply and easily.
The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor caught a glimpse of some of the latest connected appliances at the Las Vegas event - but wonders how much we really need them.
You can follow Richard on Twitter @RichTaylorBBC.