The House With a Brain in Its Walls

Unlike the sentient computer HAL in the movie '2001,' this interface won't talk back. Systems throughout the house like the ELAN g! control climate, security, lighting, entertainment and irrigation from your phone, iPad, or these wall touch screens. Customize settings for any ambiance, from date night (dim and Hawaiian-tropical) to school night (bright and chilly -- keeps 'em sharp). What if the power goes out? VISION House has its own backup generator.

Prices are coming down on these whole-house systems. Check out ELAN to see how much it costs.