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Connected homes

Piper ($199) is a clever system combining home automation with home security and iOS integration. The small bookshelf speaker sized unit hosts a 180-degree live video camera and will monitor activity in your home on your behalf. It also includes environmental sensors, a motion detector and alarm siren, and optional Z-Wave integration. That last point means you can use this as a hub for Z-Wave-equipped home automation solutions, which will also be iOS compatible once HomeKit ships.

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