Apple and Google set their sights on their next battleground: your home

Visions of the smart home — a house that can set its own thermostat, schedule its own lights and preheat its own ovens — are fast-becoming a reality. The technology is becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, opening new opportunities for transforming everyday objects.In a report Tuesday, International Data Corporation projected that the “Internet of Things,” the industry term for this web of connected products, will generate $1.7 trillion in spending by 2020 — an astonishing number considering it was almost non-existent five years ago.

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