Who holds the keys to the smart home kingdom?

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from. Nowhere is this more evident right now than amongst the Internet of Things, where a smart home standards war is looming.

A walk through the halls of this month's Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas revealed more smart devices than ever. From smoke alarms and sprinkler systems to coffee machines and cooktops, every household appliance aspires to join the smart home revolution – but there's a long road ahead.

The idea behind all these smart devices is to make your life easier, but this isn't necessarily the case when you need to reach for a different smartphone app in order to control each appliance in your house. Smart devices are most practical when part of a wider smart ecosystem, but it's difficult for shoppers to choose a camp when there are so many fiefdoms in the smart home world.

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