August September 2015 Page 40 August September 2015

It all started innocently enough. Mild-mannered businessman Homer Ottomation bought a Nest thermostat. He just wanted to control it from his phone and save money on his energy bills. Yet that one simple purchase opened a new door to a world of smart products, and transformed his house into a high-tech superhero HQ - the SmartHome. AT HOME, DISASTER STRIKES! AT WORK, NOTHING ABOUT HIM REVEALS THE EXTENT OF HIS AWESOME POWERS. FORTUNATELY, THE INSTEON LEAK SENSOR DETECTS WATER WHERE IT SHOULDN'T BE. HOMER GETS A TEXT ALERT, SO HE CAN ACT QUICKLY TO AVERT DISASTER. HOMER CALLS UPON THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDI- NARY PLUMBERS TO HANDLE THE CRISIS. HIS NEST CAM SHOWS HIM THE LEAK. SIDEKICK IS ALONE IN A ROOM THAT IS SLOWLY FILLING WITH WATER! HOMER SENDS A UNIQUE CODE FROM HIS PHONE THAT ALLOWS THE PLUMBER TO OPEN THE FRONT DOOR'S SMART LOCK. "Works with NEST" BY ERIC ANGEVINE DAWN APPROACHES. HOMER OTTOMATION SLEEPS SOUNDLY IN HIS FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, GUARDED BY HIS LOYAL MUTT, SIDEKICK. HOMER LEAPS INTO THE OTTOMOBILE. AS HIS GARAGE DOOR ROLLS UP, WIRE- LESS PULSES DIM THE LIGHTS, LOCK THE DOOR, AND PUT THE NEST- THERMOSTAT INTO AN ENERGY- SAVING MODE. ALL IS RIGHT IN HOMER'S WORLD. THE NEST THERMOSTAT HAS LEARNED HOMER'S SCHEDULE. THE HVAC UNIT PURRS TO LIFE, BRINGING THE HOUSE TO THE IDEAL MORNING TEMPERATURE. From the Files 40 Call us for one-on-one help 1-800-217-1059

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