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Remember when we started to imagine being able to start a load of laundry, adjust the thermostat, or check if you're out of milk from a smart phone? This once-future concept is finally emerging into the mass market. LG unveiled at CES a full line of appliances and devices that use technologies like NFC to interact with objects and communicate with the user. Soon the smart phone will be the remote control for operating and maintaining interconnected homes. You'll be seeing this trend become more and more the "new normal" in the consumer tech space. Start planning now for ways to tap into this consumer shift, especially if you're a product company.