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Home Tech: Complete Control

Iris Smart Kit, by Lowes
Finally, home automation for the rest of us. This affordable system is the first to work with all three top competitors—Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave—so you can pair a keyless lock from one protocol, say, and a thermostat from another.

Starter kits about $180; lowes.com
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