Sure, so you've emailed, watched videos, surfed the web, and posted status updates from your phone. Maybe you've even gone as far as requested a ride, searched for a dating partner or spouse, or even transferred money to your savings account while on the go.
It's no surprise to anyone the phones in our pocket can control our TVs, lights, and stereo systems just as easily as they can call you a pizza. Old news.
But while primitive forms of home automation have been around longer than smart phones (remember The Clapper?), the current set of technologies available to homeowners extends beyond using our cellular devices as in-house remote controls.
So why should you install a full, robust home automation system? Is it all worth it?
Here are five reasons all homeowners should strongly consider outfitting their homes with the latest automation technology.