The cutting-edge innovations of the tech boom are finally finding their way into the home. Sure, home automation has been around for years, but the newest systems utilize Apple products like iPhones and iPads to automate living spaces more effectively -- and for less money. Home builders say smart home technology is one of the most commonly requested amenities among clients, and developers have begun incorporating systems into new condo and rental projects. The global industry is projected to surge to $35.6 billion by 2016 from $16.9 billion in 2011, according to MarketsandMarkets. Even telecom giant AT&T is testing out a home automation and security business called Digital Life, with hopes of rolling it out nationally later this year.
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