Smart homes make life easier, provide sense of security – WFSB

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Having a home with a mind of its own is no longer a futuristic dream.

Just ask the people in the Kansas City metro who are living in smart homes.

While science fiction movies taught people to fear them, the reality is that smart homes make life easier and provide a sense of security for people like Jesse Vick of Overland Park.

With the push of a button on a tablet or phone, Vick can turn on lights, lock and unlock doors, close curtains, look at security camera feeds, turn on the air conditioner, close the garage door and a lot more - no matter where she is at.

Adjusting to living in a smart home took a little time, but Vick said she loves it.

“Now I can’t live without it,” Vick said.

The homeowner, Vick’s boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, is the president and CEO of Elevated Electronics, a Kansas City-based electronics and home automation company.

Anderson installed the system in the house.

While Anderson and Vick live in an automated smart home, gadgets that perform many of the same functions are available at electronic stores. And the number of smart home gadgets at stores like Best Buy has exploded.

Shelves are lined with everything from smart security cameras and lights to thermostats and garage door openers.

“More homes are becoming more and more connected, so people are really wanting to control everything in their lives from their phones,” said Cody Smith with Best Buy in Overland Park.

On Tuesday morning, KCTV5 News will show how these gadgets work and how they’re making life easier for homeowners.

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