TechBits: Home control systems (05.21.14)

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the Tech Guy saw systems that can put you in control of your home- even if you're a half a world away.Systems like Nexia and Insteon work in similar ways- they use a central hub that connects wirelessly with switches, cameras, thermostats, door locks, and more. {}Using an app as an interface, you can control everything from the palm of your hand. {}The systems also allow you to set up scenes, that will let you apply setting you define to a collection of devices with one touch. {}This allows you to adjust climate control, lighting levels, and more without sending individual commends to each device.If you want to try out the systems, starter kits will set you up with a hub and a few power switches. {}Additional switches and devices can be added on later.