Coldwell Banker Smart Home Showcase at CES

It wasn't long ago that the idea of defining smart homes brought to mind images of the Jetsons, futuristic cartoon family, or Tony Stark's AI managed home in Iron Man. But now, as more and more smart products enter the market, the luxury of a connected home is becoming accessible to everyone. With the increased accessibility to smart products, what defines a smart home has become fuzzier. This week, CNET and Coldwell Banker teamed up to create the first-ever smart home definition, enabling realtors, homeowners, and prospective home buyers to accurately specify what makes a smart home. The two industry leaders put out the following definition:

“Smart home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka “smart products,” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.”

If your home has internet, a smart security feature or a smart temperature feature, and two other features from this list, it fits the definition of "smart home"!