From SCMP: The Smart Homes and Smart Appliances Trend

What makes our homes and appliances "smart"? The answer is largely convenience - how much our objects do to streamline our lives, and how efficiently they do it - and the objects' abilities to learn. With smart products like thermostats and lights (and, yes, even smoke alarms!) come the applications to manage them. A smart home system can aggregate control of your smart tech, making it simpler to control many smart objects through one app instead of many.

Read more on South China Morning Post.